Zomba, 04 December, 2019 / 11:59 pm (ACI Africa).
In a country where people living with albinism face persistent threats of being killed for their body parts, the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) has launched a two-year campaign to raise awareness throughout the country about the rights of people with albinism and their rights, CCJP National Coordinator has told ACI Africa.
“This campaign seeks to address the myriad challenges that people with albinism face in the districts of Zomba and Machinga in Zomba diocese,” CCJP Coordinator, Boniface Chibwana told ACI Africa in an interview Wednesday, December 4.
According to Chibwana, “people with albinism have been discriminated against, abducted, and killed because of some stupid myths that their bones fetches a lot of money and that their body tissues brings fortunes to people.”
Organized in collaboration with the Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) and the Council of Bishops in Scotland (SCIAF), the campaign will focus on local empowerment, district awareness, community awareness and legal training on the rights of people with albinism, Chibwana revealed during the interview.
Launched last Wednesday, November 27 under the title "Promoting and protecting the rights to health care and access to justice for persons with albinism in Malawi for more secure and dignified lives" the campaign, Chibwana said, seeks “to demystify these myths in local communities and completely eradicate this barbaric behavior by changing the minds of the people.”