Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) Machinga District chairperson Byson Makongwa has commended government and other partners for intensifying awareness campaigns against attacks on persons with albinism.
In an interview on Wednesday, he said the awareness has made people to realise that attacking persons with albinism is evil.
“Community members now know the rights of persons with albinism and discrimination against persons with albinism has declined,” he said.
However, Makongwa condemned a recent attack on a person with albinism near Nayuchi in the district.
“I appeal for support to community policing members to intensify security in the area,” he said.
Eastern Region Police spokesperson Joseph Sauka said in an interview they have already started distributing reflectors, whistles and other equipment to community policing members in the district to enhance security.
“We have started distributing the gadgets in Traditional Authority Nkoola and soon we will distribute to all community policing structures in the district,” he said.
Statistics from Machinga Police Station show that for the past six months, the district has not yet registered any case of abduction of persons with albinism.
Machinga district has over 6 000 persons with albinism.