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Κυριακή, 29 Μαΐου 2016
Children murdered for their body parts - Take action!
Children murdered for their body parts
Their stories are shocking but sadly not uncommon. Whitney and Harry are
the latest victims in a horrific trend sweeping Malawi – they were
abducted, murdered then mutilated for their body parts, because they
have albinism, and their bones and body parts are highly prized.
Albinism is a rare, genetic condition that in Malawi tends to affect
those living in poorer rural areas. It results in a lack of pigmentation
in the hair, skin and eyes, causing vulnerability to the sun and visual
impairment, amongst other health conditions.
In Malawi, people with albinism are often seen as having magical and
healing powers. But they are at risk of a gruesome fate: attacks against
this vulnerable group are on the rise, as others seek their body parts
and bones for use in witchcraft.
Children are particularly at risk. Parents have withdrawn
their children from school as a result of the steep rise in attacks last
year – and the attacks continue.
At least 12 people with albinism have been killed in Malawi since
December 2014; five more disappeared without a trace. 45 incidents were
reported last year alone – of murders and attempted murders, abductions
and attempted abductions – although the real figure could be much
And yet relatives are often implicated in the disappearance of children
with albinism – both Whitney and Harry’s murders are allegedly linked
with family members. But perpetrators of these gruesome crimes are
rarely held to account for their actions.
There are thousands of people in Malawi right now at serious risk of
abduction and killings. Please tell the president of Malawi to protect
them and bring perpetrators of albinism-related crimes to justice –
before another innocent person is murdered for their body parts.
Add your voice to call on President Peter Mutharika to end these attacks