U.N. condemns resurgence of hunting and killing of albinos in Malawi

The United Nations (U.N.) has expressed concern  over the resurgence  of  attacks and killings of persons with albinism in in Malawi following the abduction of Macdonald Masambuka, a young man with albinism in Machinga District, whose body was found on April 1, 2018 weeks after he was reported missing in early March.

The UN calls upon authorities to ensure a thorough, prompt and impartial investigations into the matter to bring the alleged perpetrators to justice.

UN Resident Coordinator for Malawi, Jose Torres Macho:  Expresses concern

“This is a setback to progress achieved since 2014. The UN calls upon all stakeholders to redouble their efforts to implement the National Action Plan, which addresses the root cause of attacks on persons with albinism, including a nationwide awareness raining campaign,” a UN statement   made available to Nyasa Times on Wednesday said.

The UN expresses concern with rising cases of attacks, citing four people that have been attacked  since January this year.

UN Resident  Coordinator, Maria Jose Torres, said in the statement: “ If these measures are not put in place, we will continue registering  violations of the rights of persons with albinism.”

Torres also expressed concern with reports that Police officer  and a medical assistant are suspects in the abduction of Masambuka.

“We are concerned that persons entrusted with the responsibility of promoting and protecting the rights of all Malawians, including persons with albinism, are allegedly involved in the killing of Macdonald Masambuka,” reads the statement.

Many people with albinism are living in abject fear in Malawi.

The U.N. called on government to ensure the criminals behind the attacks are prosecuted.

The U.N. said it will remain committed to supporting the people of Malawi to ensure it deals with gangs roaming around, literally hunting down people with albinism simply to make money by cutting off their limbs and killing them.

The body of Masambuka, 22, who came from Nakawa Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Nkoola in Machinga, was found last Sunday buried within the district.

The murder of Masambuka brings the total number of persons with albinism killed to 22 since 2014.

Over nine cases of abductions have been reported where three of the cases have been recorded in the last four months.

Last month, a rights group, Human Rights Defenders (HRDs), accused the Malawi Police Service (MPS) of failing to successfully investigate cases of abductions and killings of people with albinism.

In a statement signed by the group’s chairperson Timothy Mtambo and his deputy Gift Trapence, the group said they were appalled at the rate at which attacks on persons with albinism continue to happen in the country.

The group called on government to accord the issue the attention and priority it deserves.

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Mwendo
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You might benefit from some reading on human rights and what the UN is about. Every person has a fundamental right to life. The UN is about all people of the world including yourself and one of its functions is to promote human rights.

Donald Malanga
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UN is not our spokesperson or our patron in this country. You are just here promoting colonialism, imperialism. and neoliberalism so that you continue rooting our resources using capitalistic ideologies. Go to UN Headquarters in New York. This is a Malawian problem that requires Malawian solution. It is not a UN Problem.

AAlex
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Whats wrong with you Mr Malanga? Are you involved in killing these people? We know this is being done by our so called political fools. Last month some guys were found with body parts and mentioned the DPP guys who sent them. Nkhani ija yangozizila. You will be found and you will face the Malawi people. That will be the end of DPP name in Malawi. Our God is good. He will save us from these unholy DPP people.

Rosingbom Chibomba
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Mr Malanga, are you one of those people involved in the killing of albinos? Don’t you feel sorry for the youngman who was butchered mercilessly like a wild animal? Or may your level of education is so horrible that you failed to understand the contents of the article. We are talking about the brutal killing of a youngman here. For your info, UN might not need Malawi but Malawi will always need the UN – don’t live a utopian life.

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