The Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) has commended communities in Chikwawa for rescuing an 18-year-old girl with albinism from assailants.
Speaking in an interview, Apam president Overstone Kondowe said the Standard Seven girl, who stays with her sister in the district, was attacked early Monday after unknown assailants broke into the house.
He said they went straight to the sitting room where the victim sleeps, but communities came to her rescue after she screamed for help.
Kondowe appealed to other communities to emulate the example to ensure safety of people with albinism.
“We need such type of spirit in all communities nationwide if we are to deal with abduction and killings of people with albinism. Any delay could have changed the story,” he said.
In an interview on Wednesday, Chikwawa Police Station spokesperson Foster Benjamin confirmed the attack. He said the suspects injured her.
“It is alleged that one of the attackers hit the girl on the left shoulder with a blunt object and escaped before police arrived,” he said.
He said police are now searching for the suspects.
The victim comes from Salumeji Village, Traditional Authority Katunga in the district.
In July this year, a 21-year-old girl and a 12-year- old boy with albinism in Blantyre and Phalombe respectively went missing. But police in Blantyre rescued the girl who was found in Bvumbwe in Thyolo. n