INSANE: In Mozambique, Bald Men Killed For Supposed Gold In Their Head


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According to the BBC, because some people believe that the heads of bald men contain gold, and so they are willing to murder bald men so they can decapitate them and sell the heads.

This is not a joke; five men have been murdered recently in the central district of Milange in ritual attacks. Two of the men were bald. Two men, roughly 20 years old, have been arrested.

Afonso Dias, a police commander in Mozambique's central Zambezia province, explained at a press conference in Maputo, "The belief is that the head of a bald man contains gold. … Their motive comes from superstition and culture — the local community thinks bald individuals are rich.” The BBC's Jose Tembe echoed that police think the crazy idea is a ruse by witch doctors so clients will bring them men’s heads.

A regional security spokesman, Miguel Caetano, told AFP that one victim was decapitated and had his organs removed. Caetano added that the suspects admitted that the organs were taken for rituals to help clients in Tanzania and Malawi become wealthy.

Mozambigue has also witnessed the murders of albinos for ritual purposes; the U.N. has reported that there have been over one hundred attacks against albinos since 2014.


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