United Nations human rights expert, Ikponwosa Ero, has renewed calls for prompt action to protect people with albinism in Malawi in response to a series of attacks targeting them.In a statement available to APA on Saturday, she said, there is need for more committed implementation of the government’s own response plan including the strengthening of preventive, protective and accountability measures.
“Despite various actions taken by the government of Malawi to address the situation, recent attacks demonstrate that the government needs to redouble its efforts to end these atrocities,” she said.
She further said there was need for sustained campaign to raise awareness as well as more strategic efforts to address the root cause of the attacks.
In particular, she said, there should be a public education drive aimed at eradicating the mistaken belief by those who practice witchcraft that body parts of people with albinism have magical powers.
The expert observed that the absence of such measures makes Malawians with albinism ultra-vulnerable to attacks, leaving them plagued with an untenable level of fear for their lives.
Malawi has been seeking help from other state partners as well as international development partners to deal with the issue.
Recently, two people with albinism were attacked by unknown assailants in the southern district of Chikwawa.