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CADECOM, PLAN International Vow to Fight Human Trafficking in Malawi

Zungu Zungu - pic by Enoch Phiri

Two organizations, Plan International Malawi and Catholic Development Commission in Malawi, (CAEDCOM) have cited poverty and lack of economic opportunities among citizens as key factors that are fueling trafficking in persons (TIP) in the country.

The organizations have since vowed to work very hard, in collaboration with frontline workers from Police, social welfare, Immigration, education among others to end the vice.

Speaking after the opening of a three training of frontline workers and media editors in Blantyre on Wednesday, CADECOM Diocesan Secretary for Blantyre archdiocese Mandinda Zungu and Alinikisa Mphongolo from Plan International said more needs to be done to protect the people especially women and children from such violence.

“Cadecom Blantyre with funding from the United States of America, Department of State through Plan Malawi is implementing a three-year project in Mulanje and Mwanza districts.

“The project started around July last year and the main aim is to enhance coordination, capacity and information on TIP,” said Zungu.

On her part, Mphongolo described TIP as a violation of human rights that needs to be stopped urgently.

“TIP, we all know that it is a violation of human rights and is a form of violence. So, considering that it is a human rights violation, that puts us as an international NGO to fight against the vice,” she said.

She further stated that the US Department of State bankrolled $2 million to fight human trafficking.

Malawi Human Rights Commission Coordinator for the South, Victor Sindani Khwima said Malawi needs to have adequate shelters for victims of human trafficking, for them to recover easily from the trauma.

“We only have four shelters in Malawi, one in Mchinji, the other one in Zomba and two in Blantyre. We need to have several of them in various parts of the country especially along the borders,” explained Khwima.

He added that it is worrisome that gender imbalances that exist in the country expose women to be victims of human trafficking.

This comes when the Government and non-state actors are struggling to contain the violence despite the country having clear laws to stop further spread of the malpractices, which largely affect women and children.

It is sad that the country remains a fertile ground for TIP, with several cases recorded on a monthly basis.

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