For Immediate Release
AIUSA media office
Malawi: Murder of Baby with Albinism Highlights Failure to Protect Vulnerable Group
The horrific murder of a two-year-old girl with albinism highlights the failure by the Malawi’s authorities to adequately protect this vulnerable group, said Amnesty International following the discovery of her skull, teeth and the clothes she was wearing in Balantha Hill in Kasungu district.
The child, Whitney Chilumpha,had been missing since being abducted from her home whilst sleeping beside her mother in Chiziya village, Kasungu district, on 3 April. She is the twelfth person with albinism known to have been killed in Malawi since December 2014.
“The murder of this innocent child is part of a deeply disturbing pattern of disappearances and killings of people with albinism in Malawi where body parts are sold for use in witchcraft,” said Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southern Africa.
“The Malawian authorities have failed to protect the vulnerable group and this latest horrific incident should galvanise them into action. Not only must the perpetrators of this crime be brought to justice, but people with albinism must be offered effective protection. Authorities must put a stop to these barbaric killings.”
SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT
Get our best delivered to your inbox.
Police have confirmed in a statement that they are keeping the father of the child and another man in custody in connection with the “criminal act”.
At least 12 people with albinism are known to have been killed in Malawi since December 2014. Five others have been abducted during the same period and have not been found. Amnesty International believes that the figures could be higher.
In 2015 alone, 45 other crimes against people with albinism, including attempted abductions and opening up of graves in search of bones of dead people with albinism, were reported.
This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.
Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Won't Exist.
Please select a donation method:
Amnesty International is a global movement of millions of people demanding human rights for all people – no matter who they are or where they are. We are the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization.