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CHRR, CEDEP Emphasize On Upholding Human Rights In Camps

Senior Chief Chikumbu Senior Chief Chikumbu - pic by Hastings Jimani

Two human rights organizations, Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) have emphasized on the need to respect the rights of people in evacuation camps regardless of their sex.

CHRRs Board Member, Auda Msiska told Zodiak Online on Saturday that all persons that have been displaced by the Cyclone Freddy should be treated equally and with the dignity they deserve.

She spoke after donating assorted items such as blankets, maize flour, plastic buckets, sugar, salt, sanitary pads and plastic shoes worth around MK7million to survivors of Cyclone Freddy at Samaritan in Blantyre and Nyengere Primary School in Mulanje.

“We need to sympathize with families and individuals that are enduring pain and suffering caused by the devastating cyclone that hit most parts of the Southern Malawi,” said Msiska.

She said as human rights organizations that are promoting human rights in the two districts, they could not sit down while their target communities are suffering hence mobilizing resources to assist them.

“We call upon everyone to share with the affected people in this region and help them return to their normal lives as soon as possible. It is our hope that with our collective effort and support they will overcome the tragic consequences of the floods and storm,” said Msiska.

Senior Chief Chikumbu of Mulanje district thanked the two organizations for their assistance.

Houses have collapsed, and people have lost everything and we ask government, individuals and organizations to continue assisting these people, said Senior Chief Chikumbu.

According to CHRR Executive Director Michael Kaiyatsa, the two CSOs are in solidarity with all affected families and extend deepest condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones in this tragedy.

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