Gift of the Givers for rights of people with albinism
Gift of the Givers Foundation has partnered with the Malawi Police Service and Young Achievers for Development to fight against killing of people living with albinism.
Through the Udindo Wanga project, the three organisations will undertake an awareness campaign to sensitise the general public to the malpractice.
The project mainly seeks to work with communities through their traditional leaders to provide protection and security to the people living with albinism in the country.
Gift of the Givers Foundation has made a contribution of K775,000 towards the project for purchase of reflector uniforms, whistles and torches which will be used by communities to protect people with albinism.
People with albinism living in Malawi have been the victims of a surge of attacks by thugs seeking to use their body parts in ritual practices.
Over the past three years, at least 65 people with albinism have been murdered and their body parts dismembered in Malawi.
Albinism is an inherited disorder where people lack pigment in their skin, hair and eyes.
There are an estimated 10,000 people living with albinism in Malawi.
The Foundation’s Chairperson, Gaffar Jakhura, has since pleaded with communities in the country to work together to stop the malpractice and report the perpetrators to police.
“The unprecedented wave of brutal attacks against people with albinism has created an environment of distress among people with albinism including their families who are living in a state of constant fear for their lives,” Jakhura said.
According to the Malawi Police Service, more than 100 crimes related to people with albinism have been reported since 2014.
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