Another albino nearly abducted in Balaka: Still hunted like animals in Malawi

Barely few days after the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned violent attacks against people with albinism in Malawi, an 11-year-old albino boy escaped possible death when some unknown criminals attempted to abduct him in the eastern region district of Balaka.

Malawian albino people are “living in fear of being attacked or killed”.

Malawian albino people are “living in fear of being attacked or killed”.

According to Balaka police publicist Sub Inspector Joseph Sauka, the incident happened at around midnight of 10 to 11 March 2015 at Chongolera Village in the area of Sub Traditional Authority Matola in the district.

“During the night of the incident, the victim went out to answer the call of nature, and just after he went back into the house, unknown criminals attacked him,” said Sauka.

He added: “They gagged his mouth and injected him with unknown substance but fortunately, his in-law heard the strange noise and rushed only to find the boy struggling with the criminals and rescued him.”

The victim was later referred to Balaka District Hospital where he was treated as an outpatient.

Sauka said this is the first case of attack on albinos in the district. Meanwhile police are hunting for the suspects and have assured the general public that they will do everything possible to ensure culprits are apprehended.

Police have since asked the public to join hands to protect albinos by not allowing them sleep or walk alone.

Albinos in Malawi are killed for their body parts, which are sold for witchcraft. According to the report released by the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM), since 2013 at least seven albinos were reported abused or killed.

Belief in witchcraft runs deep in Malawi and albino body parts are often used in rituals. Even the bodies of dead albinos are sometimes exhumed and sold.

Albinism is a hereditary genetic condition that causes a total absence of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes.

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41 thoughts on “Another albino nearly abducted in Balaka: Still hunted like animals in Malawi”

  1. Wosauka says:

    Kodi kutapezeka gulu lina la anthu kuti likupha mwana aliyense woyamba mbanja la nduna ya boma ndi wa commissioner wa Police zikanatenga nthawi yaitali chonchi gululi lisanagwidwe? Zikutipweteketsa mitu zimenezi mabwana. Ma Albino asamayende ndi mantha mdziko lawo lomwe. Chonde!!!!!!!!!

  2. Police omayendera malamulo, amachedwetsa. Ife tikawagwira tizingozinga pakhosi basi, apolice azimva zothaitha.

  3. Tiko says:

    Dziko lokhulupilira ufiti ndi choncho.

  4. Gimbogo says:

    DPP WOYEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

  5. Gondwe says:

    Government must interven seriously now. Protect them

  6. alukosyo says:

    once caught hang them

  7. sothini says:

    Turn one gud institution that be able contain albinos of all age. Amene wadalitsidwa ndi albino angokamusiya konko.

  8. wokhuzidwa says:

    Usawi chichi??

  9. perhaps its boko haram behaviour creeping in. Watch out Malawi!!!

  10. I now i understand why you rushed to disband the MYP . You wanted these acts done in a security vacuum. This is satanism perpetrated ny their political leaders who were in the forefront destroying the countries security.

  11. Nkhani Yophana ngati Ziweto yi, mvetsa Chisoni kwambiri. Zonsezi zikuchitika chifukwa cha ufiti wumene anthu anthu amudyerekezi akuti kulibe
    tipemphere kwa MULUNGU Kuti myoyo Yama albinism ndi yathu yipulumuke.

  12. Uncle Thom says:

    Kodi malawi akupita kuti? abale khalani ndi umunthu anzanu a chiaubino alakwa chiyani kuti muziwa chita choncho?chinachake chikukhuzeni chonde.

  13. Mavuto Kumwera says:

    I think southerners are disgrace to out society. And why can’t president Mutharika come out open to condemn these things.

    When will southerners realise that there are descent ways of earning a living. All we hear of them is theft, bribes, cashgates and witchcraft.

    Some of us have made it in life with no support at all. Just hard work and determination.

    1. kanchenga. says:

      I really think we should breakup. These people are indeed a disgrace Mavuto

  14. losco says:

    Ma albuno kuno kwathu ndi ochepa choncho pofuna kuwateteza I woud suggest that the government should provide them with one well and safe place for their living. Education plus security should also be part of their rights while staying there.

  15. suredtu says:

    Police officers in Balaka they are not Doing enough …its my pleas to the Gorvernment if there is possibility to transfersome of them …there so many incident happenning in balaka concerning abduction …killing …..kugwilira ana this is too much …I dont know what the gorvernment is doing to protect people in this district Anthu adziwopa….?

    Am from balaka i know what am talking about ……bwanji officer incharge is not trying to find some strategy to tackle the problem to show that he knows the Job……if not transffer him to somewhere…

    1. Matakamoses says:

      This is really very inhuman and not expected in de God fearing nation we are , these deserve to rot behind bars .

  16. phwanya nyini says:

    Ooo!!our Lord!as you dropped down the fire stones to those who were transgressing in the past generations, would you please drop it again to those who are attacking the people with albinism.

  17. Chidzukulu cha Akwitusya says:

    Another nachiphanti

  18. Janjaweed says:

    Malawi at her best.Nobody can say something good for Malawi.Albino attack,cashgate,nepotism,floods,lawlessness,massive corruption.Ufulu wachuluka.

  19. Khongoni Boy says:

    Times Of Bakili Muluzi Kuchotsa Anthu Ziwalo And Dpp Kupha Of Which Udf Plus Dpp = Albinosim Killing

  20. bbsupporter says:

    GOD ALMIHGTY is only who saves.

  21. Martin says:

    Thindwa yu akudziwapo kanthu.Bwanji iye akukamila zoti ufiti kulibe?Mabungwe amene mukuimira ma albino chonde kusani ma albino ose akakhale kwa Thindwayo mwina ma albino angaupeze moyo.
    Thindwa usatipusitsepo apa.Dziwa kuti ma donors akowo sakuthandiza amalawi,mukufuna kuthana ndimtundu wa amalawi.Mwayenera ku khala a satanic inu.Mulungu,chonde muwoneni Thindwayu.

  22. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Kumachita kusaka ngati mbewa? Koma ana a satana ntchito za mudima.

    Anthu akumwera ndi anthu osaphunzira, amakonda ma business ndiye apeza yotentha tsopano. Anthu oyipa kwambiri.

    Maona bwanji mmene amapangira Che Winoko.

  23. YOUNG WILZY says:

    mesa boma limati kulibe ufiti,apa nde mwazindikira eti????????zopusa basi

  24. Mr @sms says:

    May Allah (God) punish those killers.being albino it doesnt matter,its a human being jst lyk anybody(me or you),so plz let the freedom be upon them(ALBINOS)

  25. bath says:

    Ufiti uliko thindwa ukuti bwanji, malamulo ena ndiyopusa.athetsa anthu

    1. KANAMWALI says:

      ZOOPSA

  26. Khwirimtoto says:

    Masiku osiriza anthu adzakhala okonda ndalama

  27. cristiano says:

    Where is mr nthindwa who used to say their is no witchcraft now look what’s happenning now. That stupid fool

    1. Wachimalawi says:

      Its just people who believe in stupid evil nonsense, does not make it real what they believe just the evil they do

    2. Hoitty says:

      If you believe witchcraft exists because of such incidents then you are shallow minded because this means you believe albinos have powers to make someone rich. You are worse than mfiti

  28. MATIYA says:

    BALAKA CHILADZULU THYOLO MULANJE PHALOMBE MFITI ZOKHA ZOKHA ZOKHA ZODYA MALIRO

    1. Sapitwa kakulanye says:

      Matiya, your contribution is one of those with deficiencies in their brains. I think you must be a strange individual. Bad and good things happen in every district

  29. mtichimwitsa says:

    Not good

  30. Jimmy juga says:

    Amene agwidwa akhothi akawapeza olakwa apatsidwe chilango chokhala ndende moyo wao onse.kapena aphedwe ,court likagamulo chonde bwana pulezident sainani akaphedwe basi,ndi njila yokhayo abale athu angatetezedwe. Osati akhale amantha alephele kugwila ntchito adya bwanji.

  31. Malapwalapwa says:

    A Malawi bwanji kodi?

  32. Mccarthy says:

    Malawi is home of thieves & criminals now, Malawian is to blame…. for voting thieves and Criminals, But now the soul you’re attacking is innocent” I don’t think God is happy with that.

  33. Mphwiyo says:

    Very bad

  34. Please a police try your best to catch these people. Use your profesonal skill.

  35. Lufita boy says:

    kodi akaliat nkhani ya ma-albino mukuti nayo bwanji?do everything humanly possible to protect them

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