THE "evil" perpetrated against people with albinism in Malawi
must be uprooted, an Anglican Bishop has said.
The chairman of the Anglican Council in Malawi, the Rt Revd
Brighton Malasa, spoke out after a surge on attacks on people with
albinism in East Africa, where at least 15 have been abducted,
wounded, or killed in the past six months.
In Malawi, at least six incidents were reported in the first ten
weeks of the year, the UN said in March. In the south of the
country, groups of men are said to be hunting for people with
In January, a 68-year-old woman with albinism went missing; her
dismembered body was found the next day.
Children have also been targeted, in attacks which are "often
motivated by the use of body parts for ritual purposes", the UN
said. The Red Cross reports that witchdoctors have been known to
pay as much as $75,000 for a full set of albino body parts.
Bishop Malasa has called for a "concerted effort to curb this
immorality. . . I call upon every person . . . to step up efforts
and resources in combating this evil."
Last Friday, a research fellow at the School of Education at the
University of Birmingham, Dr Paul Lynch, suggested that "the Church
could play an important role in dispelling some of the myths that
exist around albinism."
His research into improving the educational inclusion of
children with albinism in Malawi found that they "faced multiple
prejudices, and experienced insecurity in their communities and at
school, which led to feelings of anxiety and disablism."
It is estimated that up to one in 2000 people in sub-Saharan
Africa have albinism.