By Peter Kanjere:
16-year-old boy with albinism was abducted in Dedza District at dawn Wednesday—a second incident inside five days— vindicating Association of People with Albinism in Malawi’s (Apam) stance that the authorities are not doing enough to end such attacks.
Central Region police spokesperson, Nolliettie Chihana Chimala, Wednesday confirmed that the boy was abducted in a house in Kankhwani Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chilikumwendo.
“The attackers descended on the house and abducted the boy. No one has been arrested yet. We have a team investigating the matter,” Chimala said.
Apam officials were not readily available for more details of the identity of the missing boy.
On Monday, another 16-year-old boy with albinism escaped unscathed after his assailants dumped him in a bush after being pursued by members of the community in Sub-Traditional Authority Mchinguza in Machinga District.
In a similar incident, attackers descended on a house of Jammtain Fernando, a 32-year-old man with albinism, before they vanished in Mchizanda Village, T/A Chingala in Lilongwe. The incident happened on Friday.
Apam has since organised a vigil at the State House on March 3 2019 to express frustration over the government’s failure to take drastic measures to curb attacks on persons with albinism.
Some 23 people with albinism have been murdered since 2014.