Limericks, Rated G

Gold Inside

A bald albino in Mozambique
Wouldn’t survive even a week,
Since witch doctors are sure
He’s a walking drug store
And a precious metal boutique.

This sounds like bullshit, but it’s 100 percent real, unfortunately. According to multiple sources, including the BBC and NPR, recent years have seen spates of grisly ritualistic murders in East Africa. Bush witch doctors convince superstitious rubes to kill and dismember bald men, because they believe the victims’ heads are literally full of gold. Albino body parts, it’s said, possess wealth-granting powers that can infuse charms and potions. Compare to muti killings in South Africa to get an idea of the staggering scope of the illicit trade.

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