Four Catholic nuns say they have received death threats after exposing
an organ trafficking network allegedly operating in northern Mozambique.
The traffickers are said to target the sex organs of children, which
are sold to make magic charms.
The nuns from the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate order say they
have gathered evidence of the trade.
They say they have spoken to victims who managed to escape and photos
of dead children with missing organs.
Ritual murders have been reported in many African countries, as some
witchdoctors say using human organs in magic charms makes them more
These are believed by some to bring financial or sexual success to
those who use them.
"We have received some very clear threats," order spokeswoman
Sister Juliana told Portuguese radio.
"Several countries are involved in this iniquitous game and the
victims are the poor, those who have no voice or defence, or the strength
to defend themselves, we are convinced that Nampula is part of an
international ring," said Sister Juliana.
Many Africans believe in traditional medicine
She said there have been several attempts to abduct children from the
orphanage they run in Nampula.
Mozambican, South African, Brazilian and Portuguese nationals were
involved in the ring, she said.
The BBC's Jose Tembe in Mozambique says the government had sent a team
of investigators to the area to probe claims of the existence of the
The organs are reportedly smuggled into neighbouring Zimbabwe and South
The Spanish Embassy in Mozambique is also investigating the claims
after receiving reports from the nuns, who have lived in the area for 30