Saturday, October 01, 2016

Why Albinos Fear Getting Murdered in Malawi

Why Albinos Fear Getting Murdered in Malawi

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In Malawi South Africa, albinos are in constant fear of getting killed. Mothers are worried about their children’s well-being. Most albino children while going to school carry an unimaginable risk of losing their life.

A newly released Amnesty International report shows that albinos are being hunted down  like animals in the country because people there believe that bones of albinos bring wealth, happiness and good luck, as reported by CNN. April, this year was considered as the bloodiest month as Amnesty reported that four people including a baby was murdered in the country.

Davis Fletcher Machinjiri, 17, was one of the victims.  He left home with a friend to watch a soccer match, but never returned home. The Malawi police reported that the teen was abducted by four men and taken to Mozambique, where they killed him.

Police said, “the men chopped off both his arms and legs and removed bones. They then buried the rest of his body in a shallow grave.”

Around 18 albino people were killed in Malawi since November 2014 and five others have been abducted and were never found since the abduction. The Amnesty report also stated that the number of abduction and killing is much higher but could not be stated exactly as many cases in rural areas are never reported.

Police said that the number has increased after neighboring Tanzania has imposed strict measures to stop this trade in January 2015. Edna Cedrick, 26, mother of a 9-year-old shared the details of her plight on the night of her son’s abduction with Associate Press, as per CBS News. She has another twin of the murdered boy who also has albinism.

She said, “Before I could understand what was happening, they sliced the mosquito net and grabbed one of the twins, I held on to him by holding his waist, at the same time shielding the other with my back.”

One of the assailants hit her with a machete, when she prevented them from abducting the boy.

She added, “This dazed me, and I lost hold of my son and he was gone. I shouted for help, but when my relatives rushed to our house, they were gone.”

Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s director for Southern Africa, said, “The time has come for the government of Malawi to stop burying its head in the sand and pretending that this problem will just go away.”