Bibiana Mashamba loves to dance, run and jump — all the attributes of a thriving teenager.
But at age 16, all that has taken a back seat as she struggles to walk following a merciless attack that nearly killed her.
“At 11 at night, some robbers came into our room,” Mashamba says, recalling the terrifying day six years ago near the city of Mwanza in her home country of Tanzania.
The robbers wanted something much more precious than jewels or electronics. They wanted the bones of the teen born with albinism.
Body parts of albinos are highly sought in some African countries, where some mistakenly believe they bring wealth and good luck. Attackers chop off limbs, pluck out organs and sell them to witchdoctors.
In Mashamba’s case, they got what they came for.
They hacked off her right leg, two fingers and tried to chop off her left leg but ran off before they could get through the bone.- Continue at KTLA