MALAWI: STOP RITUAL MURDERS OF PEOPLE WITH ALBINISM
Please join our call on Malawi authorities to act immediately to protect people with albinism.
A new wave of killings and attacks against people with albinism emerged in January 2017, after a six month reprieve between June and December 2016.
On February 28, 2017, Mercy Zainabu Banda, a 31-year-old woman with albinism was found murdered in Lilongwe with her hand, right breast and hair removed.
On January 10, 2017, a 19-year-old man with albinism was lured to a friend's house and horrifically killed.
The latest abduction took place on May 28, when a nine-year-old boy, Mayeso Isaac, was taken by a gang of 10 men. The incident took place in neighbouring Mozambique where he had travelled at the invitation of relatives to visit.
CALL ON MALAWI’S
GOVERNMENT TO STEP IN NOW!
Thousands of people with albinism live in fear of being abducted or killed in the country, where their body parts are being sold for use in rituals. In the months between December 2014 and February 2017, Amnesty's team in Malawi has documented the killing of 20 people with albinism and the abduction of others whose bodies have yet to be found. In addition, we've documented 112 other serious crimes, including abductions and grave robberies.
Authorities do little to protect people with albinism or prosecute perpetrators of attacks against them. The President of Malawi has expressed concern and support for efforts to improve the lives of people with albinism, but this has not been followed by action.
Please urge authorities to bring to justice those who carry out these horrific abductions and murders, and put measures in place to protect people with albinism.