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Outcry over repeated killing of albinos in Malawi

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Concern at murder of Malawi albinos

Concern at murder of Malawi albinos

From MAVHUTO BANDA in Lilongwe, Malawi
LILONGWE, (CAJ News) – MALAWI authorities have been urged to prevent the new wave of killings of albinos and bring perpetrators to book.
More than 20 people with albinism have been killed during over 70 attacks against these vulnerable citizens in the Southern African country since 2014.
The European Parliament strongly condemned the latest wave of killings and attacks since the beginning of 2017 as well as any discrimination and persecution directed at them.
It deplored that the introduction of stronger laws in the country had not prevented a recent rise in violence against people with albinism.
European legislators meeting in Belgium pointed out the misleading and superstitious beliefs regarding the condition posed the greatest threat to people with albinism in the majority of African countries.
It has emerged family members are also involved in the killing of children or siblings with the condition.
Their body parts are traded mostly to traditional healers for use as charms and amulets to clients.
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) thus urged the government of President Peter Mutharika to protect the rights of these vulnerable citizens.
“Government must act proactively against any criminal organisation active in witchcraft and human trafficking train,” MEPS jointly stated.
Government is urged to provide resources to the police to adequately investigate the crimes against persons with albinism and bring those behind such attacks to face justice.
Albinism is a congenital disorder affecting about one in 20 000 people worldwide but is more frequent in sub-Saharan countries.
There are 10 000 people with the condition in Malawi, which has a population of 18million.

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