APAM in Pre-Election Drive to Protect People with Albinism

APAM in Pre-Election Drive to Protect People with Albinism

The Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) has made fresh calls on the need to strengthen laws, policies, capacity-building for law enforcement agencies and funding for organizations working with persons with albinism as the country gears up for the 2025 polls.

APAM President Young Muhamba made the plea in Lilongwe on the sidelines of a symbolic donation of fertilizer to some people with albinism.

Muhamba said the initiative has been made possible through the National Action Plan and they are targeting 32 households in five districts of the country.

"We are committed to ensuring that people with albinism are getting all the necessary support in different ways and that is the reason we have presented this fertilizer to support their farming activities," Muhamba added.

On the 2025 elections, the APAM president told Zodiak that efforts are in the pipeline to protect people with albinism in various forms to avoid abuses experienced in the previous elections.

One of the beneficiaries, Lucia John from Area 36, a mother of three, hailed APAM for the support, saying it will assist her family to harvest bumper crop yield.

According to the association, during elections in the country attacks on people with albinism tend to rise as some people believe their body parts can be used for fortune rituals for politicians, a believe he says is entirely baseless.

APAM has been appealing for support from different stakeholders to stop the continued attacks on people with albinism in the country.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 16/01/2024

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