Join with Amnesty International to protect Malawi children with Albinism from murder
There is an ongoing human rights crisis taking place in Malawi. People, and particularly children, living with albinism in Malawi are at a great risk of abduction and murder. Attacks on people with albinism have seen a sharp rise since November 2014. In 2015 alone, there were 45 reports of actual or attempted murder and abduction.
“Annie Alfred is like any other child in Malawi … But she may never live to realize her ambitions because of people who believe her body has magic powers. These people think she’s unhuman. They call her names like “ghost” or “money”. They want to steal her hair or – worse – her bones.” – Amnesty International
Albinism is an inherited skin condition, and about about 7,000–10,000 people in Malawi share Annie’s condition. They are all at risk of being hunted and killed by people who think their body parts will make them rich, as they believe albino bodies have magical powers.
Amnesty International’s efforts
Malawian President Peter Mutharika issued a statement last year, condemning the wave of attacks on people with albinism. He has called on police to arrest perpetrators and protect those with albinism and those at risk from attacks, but recently governmental response to the growing problem has been lacklustre.
Amnesty International is campaigning worldwide to put a stop to these murders. With our combined efforts, we can take action and call on Malawi’s government to step and stop the brutality.
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How you can help
Add your voice to the campaign and take action today. Send your message to the President of Malawi.
“I urge you to protect people with albinism from murder. Attacks on them have risen steeply in Malawi since November 2014.
Annie Alfred is one of many people with albinism in the country. Along with others like her, she is under threat from those who believe that killing her for her body parts will make them rich. Prove them wrong.
Please show them that far from riches, crimes against people like Annie are met with the full weight of the law.”