At least six children in Tanzania have reportedly been found dead, with police believing that they were killed “for body parts.”
All of the children, who were believed to have been abducted from their homes, were missing their ears and teeth. Some of the bodies were also missing various limbs.
Authorities in the area believe that the actions were due to superstition, with “witchdoctors” telling locals that they can gain both luck and fame if they use various children’s body parts. “This is all about superstitious beliefs and many believe they will get help from witchcraft,” Njombe District Commissioner Ruth Msafiri said.
At least ten children have gone missing in the region since the beginning of December, with four of them being found alive.