Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Dr. Jean Kalilani has reiterated government commitment towards promoting rights of people with albinism with a goal of curbing atrocities and attacks directed at them.
The minister made the remark Tuesday at this year’s commemoration of the International Albinism Awareness Day at Mkolimbo Ground in Ntcheu.
Kalilani said government has put in place strategies which, among others, include working in corroboration with both local and international non- governmental organizations, chiefs and religious leaders so that people with albinism equally enjoy their rights as every Malawian.
“Disability does do not take away humanity from a person and people with albinism should not be discriminated in any form,” Kalirani said.
She said government continues to introduce community development projects and called for the inclusion of people with disabilities to participate in such projects.
Earlier, Inspector General of Police Lexten Kachama appealed to Malawians to work as a team in reporting to police suspects of any crime including those related to attacks on people with albinism.
“The Police alone cannot manage to be everywhere to offer security and protection. It is the responsibility every Malawian to help in fighting against attacks on people with albinism,” he said.
One of the people with albinism Tumeliwe Mphepo said intervention to protect people with albinism is not an issue of charity as some people view it.
“Let us not misunderstand any initiative or intervention aimed at protecting people with albinism as a charity. But rather as a human rights’ issue,” Mphepo said.
The International Albinism Awareness Day was set by United Nations on November 14, 2014.The day focuses on respecting rights and addressing issues of people with albinism in their respective communities.
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