Malawi urged to address abuse of albinos
BLANTYRE, (CAJ News) –MALAWI must end the impunity and seek international support to conduct impartial and effective investigations into all reported attacks against people with albinism.
The European Parliament has made the call following the widespread discrimination against albinos in Malawi.
In Malawi, where an estimated 10 000 people have albinism, the police have reported 69 attacks on them since November 2014, including 18 murders, four of which took place as recently as April 2016.
One victim was a two-year-old baby.
The Members of the European Parliament stressed “the crucial role of local authorities and civil society organisations in promoting the rights of persons with albinism, informing and educating the population and shattering the myths and prejudices about this disorder.”
They deplored the silence and inertia surrounding the recent events in Malawi.
A congenital disorder affecting about one in 20 000 people worldwide,albinism is even more frequent in sub-Saharan countries, with Tanzania, Malawi and Burundi having the highest concentrations of people with albinism.
– CAJ News
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