Human rights group, Amnesty International, has ordered the Malawi government to protect people with albinism in the country.
The group made the directive in reaction to a sickening discovery of the severed head of a child with albinism five days after the boy was abducted from his home in Machinga district. The nine year-old boy’s head was found wrapped in a cloth 20 kilometers from his home.
Amnesty said the discovery shows the “grave danger faced by people with albinism in Malawi” and “reinforces the urgent need for the government to protect” the vulnerable group.
“The government must immediately take steps to ensure the safety and security of people with albinism and their families, especially in border districts, and provide much needed protection for this vulnerable group who are increasingly being targeted for their body parts. These ritual killings must stop,” said Amnesty International’s Director for Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena.
Amnesty also said that “lack of adequate police protection” has contributed to vigilante murders in the country. The group cited Tuesday’s killings in Nsanje where a mob burnt to death seven men who were found with bones of a person with albinism.
Muchena said: “Vigilante violence targeting suspects of any crime is unacceptable. The government should encourage the public to report anyone they suspect of involvement in criminal acts to the police who should investigate the crime. Justice cannot be achieved by people taking the law into their own hands.”