The Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) has asked government to establish strategies that can help to increase social and political participation among persons with albinism (PWAs).
Speaking with Malawi24, president for APAM Overstone Kondowe said persons with albinism in Malawi face discrimination in various social groups such as school and marriage.
He explained that people believe that persons with albinism are shortsighted and can not perform in different sectors like police and driving.
“Persons with albinism have been facing and experiencing challenges and if the government will not do something they are going to continue facing the challenges due to lack of participation socially as well as politically,” he explained.
According to Kondowe, a person with albinism has got an opportunity as any person hence PWAs should be treated like anybody else.
Kondowe therefore asked government to be at forefront condemning discrimination and all sorts of segregation in different sectors as a way of giving room to persons with albinism to enjoy their rights.
The APAM president said government has a big role to play in ensuring that persons with albinism are living in free and fair environment regardless of their status.
In Malawi persons with albinism have been facing different challenges over the past years such as kidnapings and murder.