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Malawi: Protect People With Albinism From Murder

Annie Alfred is like any other child in Malawi, but some people want to kill her because they believe her body has magic powers.

Annie Alfred is like any other child in Malawi. Her friends and family love her. Aged 10, she wants to be a nurse when she grows up. But she may never live to realize her ambitions because of people who believe her body has magic powers. These people think she’s unhuman. They call her names like “ghost” or “money”. They want to steal her hair or – worse – her bones.

Annie was born with albinism, an inherited skin condition. About 7,000–10,000 people in Malawi share Annie’s condition. And they are all at risk of being hunted and killed by people who think their body parts will make them rich.

Attacks on people with albinism have seen a sharp rise since November 2014. In 2015 alone, 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 like her need the full protection of the law.

Sign our petition to the President of Malawi:

I urge you to protect people with albinism from murder. Attacks on them have risen steeply in Malawi since November 2014.

Annie Alfred is one of many people with albinism in the country. Along with others like her, she is under threat from those who believe that killing her for her body parts will make them rich. Prove them wrong.

Please show them that far from riches, crimes against people like Annie are met with the full weight of the law.