LILONGWE – AFRICAN leaders have been urged to address the rampant discrimination and violence against people with albinism in Malawi and across the continent.
An Amnesty International report released in June 2016 exposed a wave of violent attacks against people with albinism in the Southern African
Attacks have increased sharply over the last two years with four people, including a baby, murdered in April 2016. Eighteen people were killed
between November 2014 and June 2016.
At least five others had been abducted and remained missing during the same period.
Killings of people with albinism are fueled by a belief that their bones bring wealth and good luck, and body parts are believed to be sold to
practitioners of traditional medicine in Malawi and Mozambique for use in charms and potions.
Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Director for Southern Africa, said no one should be discriminated against because of their appearance.
“African leaders and communities must come together and confront the root causes of the ongoing discrimination and horrific violence faced by people with albinism.”
– CAJ News