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July 5, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

If your hair is thinning, take care in Mozambique – police there have warned bald travellers that they may be targeted by witch doctors who believe their heads contain gold.

Three bald men have been murdered over the past four months in central Zamebezia province, police spokesman Inacio Dina told newsmen.

Police suspect witch doctors are behind the killings, according to a report in The News Nigeria. Witch doctors, or traditional healers as some prefer to call them, use body parts to make “medicines”, police say.

Witch doctor – one interpretation

Local superstition holds that bald heads contain gold and, when used in rituals, can create wealth.

“Bald people may be pursued because they are thought to have some kind of power, and that if this power can be transferred to other people, it will enrich them,” Dina said.

“The police have made four arrests in connection with the killings.”

Whether wigs or hats offer protection has not been disclosed.

Extra care needed

In its advice on Mozambique, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) makes no specific reference to baldness, though it warns Australians visiting the country to exercise a high degree of caution because of high levels of serious crime.

“There has been an increase in violent criminal activity, including kidnapping in Maputo and Beira,” DFAT warns. “Avoid walking at night, even in well-known tourist areas, and avoid isolated beaches.

“Violent attacks, including sexual assault, can occur at any time of day.”

Written by Peter Needham

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