The continued attacks on people with albinism have raised questions on the seriousness of law enforcers to halt the practice with three cases recorded this month and the alleged culprits are still at large.
Federation of Disability Associations in Malawi (Fedoma) has called on for legal protection while calling for the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to join in the fight for the rights of people with albinism.
Boniface Massa Chairperson for Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) disclosed on Friday that there had been three incidents this month where the victims have either been abducted or killed and their body parts removed.
One of the incident happened in Jali area in Zomba where a woman was killed. Zomba is among other four districts which are registering cases of attack on persons with albinism.
Machinga, Mulanje and Ntcheu are other districts where cases of attacks on people with albinism have been recorded.
“There is negligence on the part of our police to pursue the reported cases. We ask government to start treating issues concerning people with albinism with urgency, otherwise our lives are at stake; we are living in fear,” said Massa.
Massa noted that the recorded cases of attack on people with albinism were registered in districts close to the country’s borders.
Massa bemoaned: “We need other stakeholders to help us and join the fight against this wicked acts. The authorities come to our funerals; buy food, coffins but they don’t want to protect us. We demand security.”
Fedoma Executive Director, Action Amos said issues concerning people with disabilities should not be a window dressing but need to be mainstreamed in the society.
He then called on government to be on forefront protecting people with disabilities.
About seven cases of attacks on people with albinism have been recorded in the country since 2009 but no person has been convicted linked to the attacks. In 2009 there were attacks on people with albinism, in 2013 two girls were killed, 2014 two girls were abducted and one woman was found killed in Mulanje district.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :