Write for Rights at UCV - Dec 11, 2016

Hunted for her body parts

Ten-year-old Annie Alfred wants to be a nurse when she grows up but those dreams may never come true. Although she is like any other child in Malawi, some people believe her body has magic powers.

Annie was born with albinism. Albinism is a condition that prevents skin cells from producing enough colour.

Like other people with albinism in Malawi, Annie is called names like “ghost” or “money”. Some people want to steal her hair or worse, her bones. She could be killed for her body parts by people who think this will make them rich. About 7,000–10,000 people like Annie are at risk.

Attacks on people with albinism have been increasing since November 2014. In 2015, there were 45 reports of actual or attempted murder and abduction.

People like Annie have nowhere safe to go. It isn’t just criminals who will kidnap them, but family members, too. They think that people with albinism are gold that can be snatched and sold.

Annie and others with albinism need the full protection of the law. Insist that Malawi protects people with albinism from being murdered.

Articles 1, 3 and 5, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

Please write to:

Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika
Office of the President and Cabinet
Private Bag 301
Capital City, Lilongwe 3
Malawi

Start your letter with:
Dear President,

Please send a copy of your letter to:

His Excellency Necton Darlington Mhura
High Commissioner for Malawi
2408 Massachussetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008, USA

Begin or end your letter with this request

Urge him to protect people with albinism and show that crimes against people like Annie will be met with the full weight of the law.

Write in your own words

Describe who you are and what concerns you about the dangers that Annie and other people with albinism face every day.

Show your support for people with albinism

You could tell them you have asked the president to protect them. You could send them your messages of friendship and support by email or use $2.50 postage.

Association of People with Albinism
c/o FEDOMA
Private Bag 797
Limbe, Blantyre
Malawi

Email: albinismassociationmw@gmail.com

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