Malawi govt enrolls albino children into public boarding schools

Children with albinism who dropped out of school due to fears of abductions and killings can now return to class as the government has agreed to enroll them in public boarding schools.

Young persons with albinism carrying placards

Young persons with albinism carrying placards

Vice president of Association of People with Albinism Alex Machila told a meeting in Mangochi that it is now good news that the children will now be back in class and hope rekindled for their future.

“We were talking to government on this issue and they have finally agreed that all the children with albinism will be enrolled in government boarding schools with full scholarships,” he said.

The meeting in Mangochi was organised by a civil society organisation, Citizen Alliance and attended by government officials and police officers among others in order to sensitize people not to abduct or kill people albinism.

Machila also said that the government has agreed to build houses for people with albinism through the malata and cement subsidy programme.

He said most persons with albinism stay in houses that are dilapdated and easily broken into putting their lives at great risk.

At least 18 persons with albinism have been killed so far and over 70 abducted, trafficked or harassed in one way or another.

President Peter Mutharika has been accused of acting too slow to stop the killings which started two years ago and only acted and reacted a feew months ago.

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