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Albinism in Malawi

LIVES OF PEOPLE WITH ALBINISM IN MALAWI IN DANGER

National Coordinator for the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) Bonface Ophiyah Masssah carries a poster calling on the public in Malawi not to discriminate persons with albinism at Traditional Authority Kaphuka’s court in Dedza District, central Malawi, after a meeting of UN Women Board President, Ambassador Ivana Pajevic and people with albinism under the Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (APAM), May 7, 2018. People with albinism in Malawi are living in fear for their dear lives and actually they are under threat of extinction if authorities and the international community do not put up much effort to curb the barbaric and superstitious acts of killing the innocent people just because they have a different skin tone from that of the majority of black Malawians. The difference comes about due to lack of a skin pigment melanin in the people with albinism making their skin light toned. Misconceptions about this difference lead to superstition among black toned Malawians and they think that the light colour people with albinism have is due to presence of gold in the bones as such people with albinism are being murdered and their bones removed to be sold to markets unknown until now. At least 22 murders have been confirmed and 146 cases have been recorded so far of violation against the right to life of albinos through wounding inflicted on them by their black skinned counterparts seeking the purported gold in...

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