Amputee children from Tanzania get new hope in Philadelphia
Amputee children from Tanzania get new hope in Philadelphia AfricaVision
AfricaVision on Thursday, June 18, 2015
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Five children, victims of horrific acts, are beginning the path to a better life at a Philadelphia hospital. The children are all from Tanzania and albino. Because of a superstition about about that, they've had hands or arms chopped off.


On Wednesday, they arrived at Shriners Hospital, for limbs to replace what was taken. The three boys and two girls got out of the SUV, still sleepy after a long ride from New York. They've come to the U.S. through Global Medical Relief, a children's charity based there.


Founder Elissa Montanti saw a story about 6-year-old Baraka Cosmas Rusambo online, and decided she had to track him down. "It was like, 'Oh my God, how do I reach this kid?" says Montanti. When she located him through another charity, the group asked if she could help 4 more.


In East Africa, particularly Tanzania, the limbs of albino children and adults - and sometimes even bones dug up from graves - are sold to witch doctors, to use in good luck charms and magical potions. It's an ancient superstition.

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