APAM registers more Albino abduction and killings Cases

The Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) says it has registered more cases of abductions and killings of people living with albinism in the country.

Speaking with the Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Wednesday, Boniface Massah, APAM Executive Director, said the association received cases of graveyard exhumations and attempted abductions on persons with albinism.

“To date we have registered 107 cases yet in June-July we had only 83 cases and this is the danger that we are going through,” lamented Massah.

Massah said the momentum by government and all stakeholders on the issue of the abductions and killings of people living with albinism has vanished yet the malpractice is still going on.

“As APAM, we appreciate the role the National Technical Committee set by the Malawi president has played, but to date even its weekly meetings are no longer conducted and there is no follow up and reporting on progress to Malawians,” said Massah.

He added that the nation needs to re-organize its ideas and energies in dealing with the attacks and that there should be speedy delivery of justice concerning the malpractice.

He also said that there should be a budget allocation for skin cancer prevention, sun lotion and eye check up by the health ministry for Albinos in the country.

Massah further said that APAM wishes to ask all stakeholders, development partners, community leaders, faith based leaders, politicians and the general public not to relax but refocus its support in; health, education and livelihood of persons with albinism.

Moreover, Massah said the nation needs to remember people who have lost their lives due to albinism including the many struggles persons with disabilities go through in Malawi.

The international day for persons with disabilities falls on 3 December annually.

Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA.