Just when cases of attacks on people with albinism were abating, history seems to be repeating itself following the hacking of two people with albinism in Chikwawa District.
Chikwawa Police spokesperson, Andrew Mayawo, confirmed the development in an interview. He said the incident happened on Friday.
Mayawo identified the victims as two brothers, Chitani (28) and Yohane Misoya, 22. He said the brothers, who stay together, were attacked by unknown people who broke into their house around 1:00am.
“We received a report of the incident early this morning (Friday). The reports indicate that the two were peacefully sleeping in their house when four unknown people invaded the house. But, after the victims shouted for help, the thugs were scared and fled. The two victims have been seriously wounded,” Mayawo said.
Mayawo said the victims have been admitted to Sorgin Health Centre in Nsanje.
However, the police publicist said no arrests have been made.
“We have so far received numerous tips that will definitely lead us to the thugs. Our men are already on the ground investigating the issue,” Mayawo said.
The victims come from Kunyatopa Village Tradition Authority Mgabu in Chikwawa District.
Meanwhile, Human rights defender Billy Mayaya has called on the government to intensify security for people with albinism.
“We are not doing enough to protect minority groups, especially people with the condition of albinism. I think the belief in witchcraft is what is driving attacks on these innocent people,” Mayaya said.
Mayaya added that the government needs to come up with deliberate policies to protect the lives of people with albinism by, among other strategies, intensifying awareness campaigns.
“The government should continue conducting public rallies to enlighten people on human rights. It should emphasise the point that killing others is an offence punishable by law. Actually, physically protecting these people would be ideal. Otherwise, we will definitely have a genocide in our hands,” Mayaya said.
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