Today’s gist also featured the decision of the Malawian Government in giving out about 1,600 personal security alarms to guard albinos against attacks within the community.
The report from the Association of persons with Albinism in Malawi shows that about 24 albinos have been killed and 160 attacked since 2014. The reason for this lies behind the superstitious beliefs that albinos body parts are good for magic and can make people rich, therefore Malawian albinos became a victim of various physical attacks in their community.
This has made the Minister for Gender, Children and Disability, Cecilia Chazama said on Friday that:
“The gadgets will be distributed to persons with albinism in all the regions in Malawi,’’
Also, an albino activist, Francis Masambuka was glad towards this project but said that the best of solution to this attack is yet to be realised. He also said
“The gadgets are connected to the network of nearest police stations and once a person with albinism is under threat, they can press (button) it and the police can rush to the scene,’’
This devices are to be distributed on Saturday whereby each albinos within their community has access to it.