26 children with albinism in hiding since 2014

The Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) has asked the new government to set put a re-integration program for children with albinism who have been in hiding following waves of brutal attacks.

APAM National Coordinator, Overstone Kondowe told YFM that over 26 children with albinism who survived a spate of attacks, abductions and killings have been in hiding since 2014.

“Some parents opted to ask for support to have their kids displaced to places with high security such that the Association of Persons with Albinism in collaboration with various stakeholders had to identify places where these children were kept,” he said.

Kondowe said the association wants government to re-unite the children with their families.

“It must be a program that will make sure that when they are back they should be offered security and support their welfare,” he said.

Kondowe also asked government to ensure the children are psychologically supported and are taken to safer homes than before.

He added that APAM recently had an audience with the Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati who assured of government’s commitment to ensure safety of persons with albinism.

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