BBC: Albino boy kidnapped from his bedroom (2)

11 July, 2018

Neil, regarding the BBC news item on the kidnapping of an albino boy in Mozambique, you and the BBC are assuming (whether correctly of incorrctly who can say?):

1) that the boy was kidnapped because he was an albino,

2) that he was kidnapped so that someone could harvest his body parts for ritual purposes, and

3) that he was murdered (that one is only Neil, not the BBC).

Plausible, but - in terms of science - each of these is only a hypothesis. Isn't that a lot of supposition for an evidence-based list?



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HIFA profile: Chris Zielinski: As a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Global Health, Chris leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme at the University of Winchester. Formerly an NGO, Phi supports knowledge development and brokers healthcare information exchanges of all kinds. Chris has held senior positions in publishing and knowledge management with WHO in Brazzaville, Geneva, Cairo and New Delhi, with FAO in Rome, ILO in Geneva, and UNIDO in Vienna. Chris also spent three years in London as Chief Executive of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society. He was the founder of the ExtraMED project (Third World biomedical journals on CD-ROM), and managed the Gates Foundation-supported Health Information Resource Centres project. He served on WHO’s Ethical Review Committee, and was an originator of the African Health Observatory. Chris has been a director of the World Association of Medical Editors, UK Copyright Licensing Agency, Educational Recording Agency, and International Association of Audiovisual Writers and Directors. He has served on the boards of several NGOs and ethics groupings (information and computer ethics and bioethics). UK-based, he is also building houses in Zambia. chris AT

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