Malawi Police hunts for albino attackers: Body parts sold for witchcraft

Malawi  Police say they have intensified their hunt for attackers who severely wounded two persons with albinism who are battling for their lives at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Blantyre.

Femia Tchulani survived an attempted kidnapping in Malawi by people wanting to kill her for her body parts..-Photo BBC

The unknown attackers severely wounded brothers of albinism, Alfred and Yohane Misoya. Alfred is aged 27 while Yohane is 21 and were attacked in a house they were sleeping in the wee hours of Friday in Nsanje.

Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said police investigators are using all clues to arrest the attackers.

Boniface Massa, national coordinator of Association of People with Albinism in Malawi attributed the attacks to laxity in security.

He called on the police to  intensify security for people with albinism.

In addition, he said there was need for more civic education and sensitisations on the evils of attacking and killing people with albinism.

Amnesty International says police lack investigative skills and the majority of cases remain unresolved.

The body parts of albinos – who lack pigment in their skin, hair and eyes – are believed to bring wealth and good luck and are prized in witchcraft for use in charms and magical potions.

People with albinism face discrimination and threats, both at school and in their communities. Myths about albinism abound, including the belief that having sex with an albino is a cure for HIV.

Last year, a UN expert warned that Malawi’s estimated 10,000 albinos face “extinction” if they continue to be murdered for their body parts

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6 years ago

someone knows he is very very rich he has all the world can offer cause of the bone of an albino know that the one who sent you to kill an albino for that wealth has kept your soul and he will never return it that’s when you will know the real deal for now may the Lord remember all the albinos in his kingdom

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6 years ago

Amnesty International says “the Police ( in Malawi ) lack investigative skills” Is it not deliberate?How can you have a high profile person brutally killed-literary shot twice, his car burnt and he himself half buried and the police does not even go there to take all the necessary details before they get destroyed. No follow ups and we are told the Police are investigating-stupid.

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