The albino hell in Malawi

June 13 is the International Day of awareness about albinism. Which means that organizations that struggle daily throughout the world to improve the conditions and quality of life of people who have this genetic condition unite to raise the voice in defense of this collective so discriminated, stigmatised and Pursued in all our societies.

In Malawi people with albinism confront the constant threat of being murdered to obtain members of their bodies, in a country where the vast majority of the macabre crimes made in this collective are not resolved, much less they punish and where the Their authorities that have to reform the judicial and penal system to protect people with albinism.

The cases are not isolated thousands of people with albinism and their families live in a continuous suspicion in Malawi, and terror affects both children and adults, in a society in which there is the myth that bones or certain parts of the body of these people attract the Wealth or are of a magical nature, so there is a trade with the parts of these bodies to make witchcraft.

The figure of crimes reported from 2014 against people with albinism in Malawi has increased to 148 cases, containing 14 murders and seven attempts to murder, according to figures issued by the police. However, according to Amnesty International’s data at least 21 people with albinism have been victims of homicide since that year.

People with albinism face great waits in the procurement of justice, the pace at which their causes are being slow, compared with other penal cases. Only 30 percent of the 148 cases reported alleged crimes against this group have been closed, according to the latest statistics of the Malawi Police Service and the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional affairs of that country. Only one case of murder and one attempted murder have been judged satisfactorily.

A positive step is a commitment to renewal of the Government with the protection of people with albinism during the commemoration of the International Day of awareness about albinism at Kasungu. However, it is believed that a human rights strategy is necessary to include awareness of rights and measures, to address the causes of crimes against people with albinism and to end attacks.