Jump to navigation. A new report from Amnesty International titled "We are not animals to be hunted or sold" sheds light on a disturbing trend that is on the rise in Malawi, a southeastern African country, ironically nicknamed "The Warm Heart of Africa" - violence against albinos - including harassment, abduction, rape, mutilation and murder. What is albinism? Albinism is a congenital disorder resulting in complete or partial absence of pigment in skin, hair and eyes.
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Persecution of people with albinism - Wikipedia
Then the male service provider asked her something startling. Chiwaka was born with albinism , a genetic condition that decreases the amount of melanin produced in the skin, hair and eyes. While she has suffered stigmatization throughout her life, she never expected to encounter it at a health centre. Instead, she should live a life of celibacy. Dejected, Ms. Chiwaka left the health facility never to return to it — or any other — for her family planning needs. On the day Onesta Chidyela, now 27, started menstruating, she rushed to tell her mother.
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Persecution of people with albinism sometimes abbreviated PWA  is based on the belief that certain body parts of albinistic people can transmit magical powers. Such superstition is present especially in some parts of the African Great Lakes region, it has been promulgated and exploited by witch doctors and others who use such body parts as ingredients in rituals, concoctions and potions with the claim that their magic will bring prosperity to the user muti or medicine murder. As a result, people with albinism have been persecuted, killed and dismembered, and graves of albinos dug up and desecrated. At the same time, people with albinism have also been ostracised and even killed for exactly the opposite reason, because they are presumed to be cursed and bring bad luck. The persecutions of people with albinism take place mostly in Sub-Saharan African communities, especially among East Africans.