Tanzania fights human skinning
Exhibits of skin
are part of
campaign to
discourage the
trade in human
skin at an
business fair in
the capital.


Human skin is used for
Vistors to the the witchcraft at a price of
week-long fair in up to $9,600
Dar es Salaam will see a rather gruesome exhibit
of human body parts in an effort to raise
awareness about the underground trade in
human skin which has hit southern Tanzania
over the past two years.
The head of the forensic science division in the
chief chemist's office, which is exhibiting the
parts, Gloria Machube, told the BBC's Focus on
Africa programme that the human skin is used in
According to police the skins are in huge demand
outside Tanzania.
They are transported
to Malawi, Zambia,
Mozambique, South
Africa and the
Democratic Republic of
Congo before reaching
their final destination
in West Africa.

People are
skinned and the
skin is used for
their rituals
Gloria Machube
Head of forensic

"People are skinned
and the skin is used for
their rituals. But fortunately they are caught by
the police," Ms Machube said.
Murder charges
In 2001 police broke a skin-smuggling ring and
13 people were charged with murder.
A total of six young people are thought to have
been killed and skinned in the Mbeya region of

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