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Two albino children given protection

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Two children with albinism who were at risk of being killed have been accommodated at Good Samaritan Orphanage in Blantyre.

Mother to one of the children, Maria Wisiki, said she fled her home in Mangochi to find refugee from friends in Lilongwe as the life of her two-year-old daughter was hanging on a thread.

The children [Faith Wisiki and Harrison Mokoshoni] were identified by the Association of People with Albinism (Apam).

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Wisiki, mother to faith, said after the daughter was born, her father denied responsibility.

Apart from that setback, she said her daughter has been receiving numerous death and abduction threats.

“I no longer became comfortable living at my house after the father denied responsibility. Strange faces were loitering around the house. I became suspicious. Some people of goodwill advised me to seek refugee somewhere and I went to Lilongwe,” she said.

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However, she was linked to Apam President, Overstone Kondowe, who appealed for help on her behalf.

On Wednesday, Good Samaritan Ministries, which has an orphanage in Blantyre, offered a place for the two kids for free.

Apam executive member, Ian Simbota, hailed the gesture by Good Samaritan.

“I believe in one thing that help is done by people you do not know and to people they do not know. Do not stand tall telling people that you have helped people referring to relatives, which is your responsibility. We appreciate the help by Good Samaritan because we never thought they would. This will never be a small gesture,” he said.

Good Samaritan founder Gardener Bentley says he will always safeguard the rights of children in the country.

He said people with albinism are some of the most talented hence the need to protect them.

Good Samaritan Orphanage in Blantyre was established in 2003 with the aim of raising vulnerable orphans in the country.

Currently, the orphanage is accommodating 125 children.

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