Albinos faces extinction in Malawi

Albinos faces extinction in Malawi

UN Expert

– Albinos faces extinction in Malawi

– Albinos are being murdered in the East African nation

– Their body parts are used for ritual and witchcraft purposes

Albinos faces extinction in Malawi.

With the rate at which Malawi’s estimated 10,000 albinos are killed every day, the rare species of humans might o into  “extinction” soon in the African country, a UN expert has warned.

The call came after series of attacks targeted at albinos in the country. They are reportedly being murdered for ritual and witchcraft purposes. The UN expert has therefore warned that  if they continue to be murdered for their body parts for use in witchcraft, the albinos face extinction.

According to BBC, Ikponwosa Ero, the UN expert, said that the situation “constitutes an emergency, a crisis disturbing in its proportions”.

UN Expert
UN Expert, Ikponwosa Ero

Her call came after two men received a 17-year jail term for murdering a 21-year-old woman with albinism. Ms Ero reportedly said Malawi police have recorded 65 attacks, abductions and murders of albinos since the end of 2014.

Albinos faces extinction in Malawi

BBC reported that Albinos were targeted because of beliefs that their body parts “can increase wealth, make businesses prosper or facilitate employment”, said Ms Ero, the UN human rights council’s expert on albinism.

“Even in death, they do not rest in peace as their remains are robbed from graveyards,” she added.

Ms Ero, herself an albino, said there are economic motivations.

“Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries and the sale of body parts of persons with albinism is believed to be very lucrative.”

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Albinos, who are people lacking pigment in their skin and appear pale, are regularly killed in several African countries including Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania.