Albinos in Malawi mourn 2-year-old murder victim
20 April 2016, 15:25
Lilongwe - People with albinism gathered in Kasungu, Malawi, over the weekend to commemorate the life of a 23-month-old girl that was murdered at the beginning of April, local newspaper Nyasa Times has reported.
Led by Boniface Massa, chairperson of the Association of People Living with Albinism in Malawi (APAM), the group sang hymns and held prayers in an effort to raise awareness around violence against those living with the condition.
The victim, Whitney Chilumpha, was abducted on April 1 while in the care of her mother in Chiziya village.
Despite various attempts by police to find the missing child, her skull, teeth and some of her clothes were discovered by her mother two weeks after her disappearance.
The murder sparked widespread outrage across Malawi, with Amnesty International accusing the country's government of not taking the issue seriously.
In addition, the human rights organisation also alleged that the child's death had highlighted a need for increased protection for albino nationals.
Police officials in the Kasungu District confirmed that the father of the murdered child, as well as another man, were currently being held in connection with the "criminal act".