The Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) says people with albinism in the country are still living in fear as there are no signs that attacks against the minority group will come to an end soon.
This was said in Mangochi on Friday during a major awareness campaign on protecting people with albinism that was organized by Eastern region police.
Speaking at the campaign, APAM Vice Chairperson Emmie Chiumia said it is now more disturbing that despite increased awareness more people are being attacked.
“Our own countrymen have turned against us, looking at us like wild animals that even a brother or a father is no longer trustworthy,” Chiumia said.
In his remarks, Commissioner of Police for the Eastern region Effie Kaitano, assured people with albinism of total protection.
Kaitano who led the awareness campaign added that there is no longer time to waste hence they organised the event which was marked by a peaceful march, dances, drama and speeches.
Kaitano named Machinga district as the worst in eastern region with more cases coming from the district but was quick to say that the police will do anything to end this evil act.
“Police will meet traditional authorities from this region to strategies on how we can work together to curb this malpractice,” she said.
The awareness campaign was attended by hundreds of people from Mangochi, Zomba, Balaka and Machinga including Members of Parliament, District Commissioners and Councillors.