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By Samuel Kalimira & Rebecca Chimjeka:

RYAN— These people are living in fear

Bishop John Ryan of Mzuzu Diocese of the Catholic Church has said the government should not only speak against albino attacks but act to stop the malpractice.

Ryan said the Catholic Church is disappointed with the killing of people with albinism in the country, despite stakeholders speaking against the malpractice.

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Ryan’s sentiments come after Livingstonia synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, the government and organisations condemned the murder of 54-year-old Yasin Phiri at Kande in Nkhata Bay District on December 31 2018.

Speaking during the festival of Epiphany held on Sunday at St Pauls Cathedral in Mzimba District, Ryan said killing people with albinism is evil.

“As a church, we are deeply saddened by these killings of people with albinism, despite numerous calls for a total halt to such barbaric acts, which are widening the gap between us and our children.

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“These people are living in fear even though they are living with their relatives in our communities. So, we need to pray for them because they are our children and they need our love and protection at all times,” Ryan said.

On the same day, during the lunch of Chiwanja cha Ayao at Mangochi Turn Off, President Peter Mutharika described as stupid and barbaric the killing of people with albinism.

In a related development, European Union (EU) Ambassador to Malawi, Sandra Peasen, has urged Malawi Police Service Inspector General, Rodney Jose, to end the “senseless of killing people with albinism”.

In a statement released jointly with EU Head of Mission in Malawi, Peasen says the killing of Phiri is a tragic reminder of the need for united action to protect people with albinism.

“We reiterate our concern at the continuous and widespread discrimination and persecution of people with albinism in Malawi, and recall the need to offer effective protection, to ensure full respect of their human rights and to allow their full and active participation in the social, economic and political life of the country,” Peasen says.

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