Vicky Ntetema, a Tanzanian journalist who went undercover for a 2008 BBC News investigation into this practice, explained that the murdered albinos' "bodies are left limbless and sometimes with a huge hole in the neck, from where blood would have been drained. Families not only grieve because of the loss of their loved ones but are also shocked at the state in which the bodies are left by these murderers. As if that is not enough, they have to bury their dead in the house, guard the graves on their farm and or build them with stones, metal bars and cement to prevent the killers from stealing the body parts."
Skeleton of Possible 'Witch Girl' Found
Though the two witch doctors accused of Lugata's death have been arrested, many Africans believe that police, politicians and judges are hesitant to pursue muti murders because belief in witchcraft is so widespread. It's possible that some of the judges believe they gained their positions in part because of magic.
Last year the second-largest hospital in the Southern African country of Swaziland was accused of operating a black market in human body parts used in magic spells. The situation for albinos in East Africa has improved in recent years, and most traditional healers there do not engage in muti. Still, the belief that body parts can aid in magic rituals has been a part of African culture for centuries, and such superstitions remain a very real threat.