Malawi President Peter Mutharika has appealed to all Malawians to say a big no to the darkest evil of killing people with albinism in the country.
Mutharika made the remarks during the commemoration of International Albinism Awareness Day on Monday 13th June which took place at Kasungu community centre ground in Kasungu.
The Malawi leader said it is the duty of every individual to fight stigma and discrimination against people with albinism and urged Malawians to protect their friends with albinism.
“I appeal to all Malawians and to all sections of community that lets protect fellow friends with albinism, it’s embarrassing and it’s wrong above all it’s a sin to treat a fellow human being as a commodity,” said Mutharika.
The Malawi leader further said the day is celebrated in the country to promote diversity and promote inclusion since we are all one human race and God’s children.
“We celebrate the diversity and promote inclusion because we are all God’s children, this dehumanization is simply unacceptable, we choose to accept persons with albinism and [they] must not be denied rights, health, education,” he emphasized.
On his part, President for Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) Boniface Massa said society must accept that people with albinism are human beings.
The International Albinism Awareness Day was set aside by the United Nations general assembly on 14th November 2014 with the aim to reflect on the plight of persons with albinism and serve as an appeal to government, civil society organizations and the general public to respect the rights of people with albinism This year’s international albinism awareness day was celebrated under the theme “Together we must stop violations against persons with albinism”.