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Apam turns to prayer

By Emmanuel Chirwa:

Association of People with Albinism (Apam) has said, at the rate people with albinism are being victimised, only prayer can bring their suffering to an end.

The association’s deputy general secretary, Ian Simbota, said this on Sunday, when Miracle Ministries International organised prayers aimed at seeking God’s intervention in the matter.

“If we are to talk of options at the local level, we, as a country, must stand strong in prayer because we are fighting against people who are strategic; they know what they are doing and have a straight-forward plan, which is to kill us. Empty press releases and social media talk by the authorities won’t help. Prayer is the last resort,” he said.

Miracle Ministries International Overseer, Bishop Trevor Kautsire, said attacks on people with albinism have a spiritual element; hence, churches have to lead the faithful in prayer.

“When we talk of rituals, we talk about spiritual things and that’s where the church comes in. Law enforcers can do their part but, to a certain extent, we need prayer,” he said.

About 23 people with albinism have been killed in the country since the nation officially started registering cases of violence against people with albinism in 2014.

Meanwhile, People’s Federation for National Peace and Development (Pefenap) has asked Malawians to join hands to stem attacks on people with albinism.

Pefenap Executive Director, Edward Chaka, said Monday that finger-pointing may just exacerbate the problem.

“We, as a human rights organisation that promotes peaceful co-existence, are of the view that we all must join hands. There is no time for divisions because, as they say, united we stand, divided we fall.

“Nobody wants to fail in our efforts to ensure that people with albinism are safe in the country. So, we have to brainstorm; we have to question suspects who have been arrested; we have to commit resources to the National Plan of Action on Persons with Albinism. That is the way to go,” Chaka said.

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