|Office of the Project of Research on Trafficking Human Organs|
Liga Moçambicana dos Direitos Humanos (Mozambican Human Rights League), funded by the Norwegian Embassy in Mozambique, has conducted in 2008 a 7 month research project about trafficking body parts in Mozambique and South Africa.
The research aimed to raise awareness and provoke action in addressing the Human Rights violations connected to trafficking body parts. The research established that body parts are regularly trafficked both within Mozambique and across the border to South Africa and it found that so-called witchdoctors actively seek human body parts from live victims to be used in their medicine as it is believed that traditional medicine, when made with body parts, is stronger and more powerful.
To read the full research project report (2008) in English click the picture on the right.
Currently a second project is underway which aims, through workshops and focus groups, to reduce the demand through awareness raising activities within the affected communities and the supply, through initiatives with Traditional Healers associations, Border Officials and Governments. The objectives include carrying on with research, raising awareness, civic education, collecting and monitoring information and data on trafficking body parts, providing support for victims, witnesses and communities affected by the problem.
An important aspect of the project is the community involvement. The project will focus on working with communities towards a solution for reducing the supply and demand of body parts and it is essential that the behavior change comes from within the community. It is hoped that the communities will also feel valued as their ideas will implemented and they will be able to take ownership of both the problem and the solution.
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