MHRRC for safety and security of every Malawian

Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre (MHRRC) Board Chairperson, Rev. Charles Makata has said the commission will not keep quiet up until they see that everyone’s rights are observed and protected in the country.

Makata made the remarks on Tuesday during albinism awareness event which took place at Group Village Head Chimpambana in the area of Senior Chief Ngabu in Chikwawa District.

He said people with albinism have suffered and continue to suffer in many ways which make many of them not fully enjoy their fundamental rights.

“As a response to the atrocities people with albinism face, MHRRC is implementing a project called ‘Cultivating Environment for the Promotion and Protection of Persons with Albinism (CEPPAM) in Malawi,” he said.

Makata disclosed that the project has the support of the European Union (EU) through Christian Blind Mission (CBM).

Participants to the event pose for a group photo. Pic Steve Chirombo (Mana)

He said through the project, people’s attitudes towards persons with albinism is changing through the awareness meetings that are conducted which have helped people to understand the cause of albinism and is reducing discrimination and stigma against persons with albinism.

Makata said the project has also trained community journalists so that issues affecting persons with albinism are reported timely.

“We are also working with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health so that learners with albinism are properly supported. We also have both traditional and faith leaders just to ensure continued awareness at community level.

“We are through the project also ensuring that persons with albinism secure leadership positions in community structures so that they can amplify their voices,” he said, commending government for providing policy direction in implementing the project.

Chikwawa District Chairperson for the Association of Persons with Albinism (APAM), Tsoka Banda hailed MHRRC for the interaction, saying such forums highlight some of the issues affecting people with albinism.

“During such interaction, we usually call upon all duty bearers to understand their roles on issues of people with albinism. We would like to reach out to everyone who needs education and proper health care,” Banda said. 

Guest of honour during the event, Mikalango Ward Councillor, Aubrey Masanza said the event would help prevent future threats on lives of people with albinism.

Masanza called for concerted efforts on the protection of rights of people with albinism

“We all need to come together to protect people with albinism. No-one should not shield anyone who tries to threaten the lives of persons with albinism. Let us report them to relevant authorities and by so doing, we will end the vice,” he said.