Machinga on Albino Protection Campaign

By: Chikondi Magalasi

There has been a decrease of kidnapping and sometimes killing of people with albinism in Machinga district as compared to the 2015 status quo.

under strict protection (photo file)
under strict protection (photo file)

According to Machinga Police Station Public Relations Officer Constable Davie Sulumba, the cases have gone down by 25 percent.

‘’Our statistics at Machinga Police show that we registered four cases of abduction and killing of people with albinism by March, 2015.This year by  march we have registered three cases which represent 25% decrease,’’ said Sulumba.

Meantime, concerned authorities in Machinga district are conducting the awareness campaign on Child Protection more especially those with living with Albinism in six Traditional Authorities in the district.

The aim of these meetings is to reduce cases of abduction, killing of albinos and tempering of people with albinism graveyards with the aim of getting bones of corpses.

What prompted to have these meetings is the recent incident in which unknown criminals broke into  a house and abducted a nine year old boy in the area of Traditional Authority Chikweo in the district.

The boy’s head was later discovered in a decomposed state under the bridge three weeks after his missing.

The campaign has been organised by the District Commissioner of the Mangochi, R.K. Chavula, Officer In Charge of Mangochi Police, I.A.F Maluwa and Henry Machemba , a World Vision Officer in the district.

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