Albino Killings: Malawi Gives Personal Security Alarms to Albinos

Must Read

Woman in South Africa Gives Birth to 10 Babies, Sets Guinness World Record

A South African mother has given birth to 10 babies in a single delivery, breaking a global record set just last month by a Moroccan woman.

Ande Dem Trainers: Senegalese Street Sellers in Barcelona Take on Nike With Own-brand Trainers

After years of selling knockoff merchandise like designer shoes, handbags etc, Barcelona’s street vendors known as Manteros have set up a co-operative and launched a line of trainers under the brand name Top Manta

Flora Nwapa: This Nigerian Was the First African Woman to Publish a Novel in English Language

Florence Nwanzuruahu Nkiru Nwapa, was a Nigerian author who has been called the mother of modern African Literature. Her book Efuru is the first book written by an African woman, to be published internationally.
Advertisement



Malawi is distributing personal security alarms to people with albinism, – a condition that causes whitening of the skin from lack of pigmentation – in hopes of battling persecution

Albino killings: Malawi Gives personal Security Alarms to Albinos

The alarm sound is activated when the holder pulls a safety in the face of danger. The sound of the alarm can only be heard within a range of about 100 meters.


But there are doubts over the effectiveness of the sound.
“You can agree with me that even the sound is not so alarming that people can say ‘There is something happening.’ And it is not in our tradition as Malawians that in many cases that when we hear the sound of an alarm, people start rushing to see what is happening over there,” Sheriff Kaisi, political scientist at Blantyre International University said


Voice of Africa reports that Malawi’s government hopes the new initiative can drastically confront the spate of the killings of albinos.

In Africa, especially in Malawi, Tanzania albinos are perceived to possess magical powers.

Alarm to curb Albino killings In Malawi

As a result of the belief that certain body parts of albinistic people can transmit magical powers, people with albinism have been persecuted, killed and dismembered, and graves of albinos dug up and desecrated.

For decades, various measures, including transnational efforts have proven short of solving the problem.

But Malawi’s gender and disability minister, Mary Navicha, hopes her government’s initiative will yield immediate results.

“As [the] government, we are trying to create [a] conducive environment for the persons with albinism, that’s why we are distributing security gadgets for them to be protected and for them to be safe in their communities,” Navicha is quoted as saying.

Related:   This Spiritual Leader Was Hanged and Decapitated by the British in 1898 for Opposing Colonial Rule in Zimbabwe

Police say at least 25 albinos have been killed in Malawi since 2014, and albino graves are often robbed – not for possible jewelry but for bodies.

So-called witch doctors use albino body parts in potions or rituals believed to bring good luck, love or wealth.

There has been a “steep upsurge in killings” in Malawi with at least 25 reported killings since November 2014, and the likely toll being higher because of missing persons and unreported murders.

Additionally, Malawi has faced an immense amount of graves belonging to Albino people being robbed in more recent history.

In 2017, police found at least 39 cases of illegal removals of the bodies of Albino people from their graves or having body parts removed from their corpses.

Advertisement



Related:   This Spiritual Leader Was Hanged and Decapitated by the British in 1898 for Opposing Colonial Rule in Zimbabwe
Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

Leave a Reply

Subscribe to receive email updates

With a subscription profile, you automatically receive updates without having to return to the website and check for changes

Just In

Woman in South Africa Gives Birth to 10 Babies, Sets Guinness World Record

A South African mother has given birth to 10 babies in a single delivery, breaking a global record set just last month by a Moroccan woman.

Ande Dem Trainers: Senegalese Street Sellers in Barcelona Take on Nike With Own-brand Trainers

After years of selling knockoff merchandise like designer shoes, handbags etc, Barcelona’s street vendors known as Manteros have set up a co-operative and launched a line of trainers under the brand name Top Manta

Flora Nwapa: This Nigerian Was the First African Woman to Publish a Novel in English Language

Florence Nwanzuruahu Nkiru Nwapa, was a Nigerian author who has been called the mother of modern African Literature. Her book Efuru is the first book written by an African woman, to be published internationally.

Kenyans to Sue British Army Over Wildfire That Destroyed 12,000 Acres

A Kenyan court has allowed over 1,000 residents living near a British military training base in the country to jointly seek damages alongside an...

Wangari Maathai, First Black Woman to Receive the Nobel Peace Prize

Dr. Wangarĩ Muta Maathai was a Kenyan social, environmental, and political activist and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

More Articles Like This