|(Photo by Muntuwandi)|
Amnesty International recently reported that “at least 18 people with albinism have been killed for their body parts in… Malawi since November 2014.” This is actually a conservative estimate because “many deaths in rural areas go unreported.”
The body parts of these victims are then sold to witch doctors for use in so-called remedies. Many still living are at risk of being raped because of the belief that “having sex with a person with albinism can cure HIV/AIDS.” Worse yet, the criminal gangs sometimes “include close family members.”
Even the long-dead are vulnerable to attack. Bones are being removed from the graves of people with albinism, “fueled by a belief” that these skeletal remains contain gold.
Copyright June 8, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke All Rights Reserved