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Albino’s grave exhumed, body parts chopped

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Unknown people have exhumed the body of a person with albinism at Sitima Village in Lilongwe.

Reports indicate that the body was discovered by a group of women who had gone to the graveyard to fetch firewood on Sunday, and had some parts chopped.

According to Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) President Young Muhamba, the body of Wilson Phiri was buried on April 7 this year after he succumbed to skin cancer.

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“This is heartbreaking news to Apam. This act of gross human rights violation will bring back fear that persons with albinism in the country have been having regarding their safety,” Muhamba said.

Apam faulted government for “lacking commitment towards provision of security to persons with albinism”.

“The Government of Malawi promised that it will end these acts but Apam is still getting reports of abduction, torture and killings of its members as well as having their tombs exhumed,” reads Apam’s statement released Monday.

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The association has since called upon security agents to apprehend suspects as soon as possible, and let the law take its course.

According to records, from 2014, reported crimes against people with albinism, including killings, stand at 170.

Killing of people with albinism is linked to beliefs that the victims’ body parts bring good luck.

The public is yet to be furnished with findings of a commission of inquiry which had been instituted at the height of the attacks on people with albinism and names of some influential politicians have constantly come up on the issue, which saw the Director of Public Prosecutions Steve Kayuni ordering the police to investigate those linked to the issue.

Meanwhile, Lilongwe Police Station spokesperson Hastings Chigalu has said they have instituted investigations into the issue.

He said they have also observed that the body was buried without a concrete slab.

Chigalu has since called on any person with information that may lead to the arrest of the culprits to inform the nearest police station.

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