There are more than 25,000 people living with Albinism in Zambia and statistics have shown that at least 10 albinos are murdered in ritual killings every year in the country. Such killing across in Africa are linked to malicious beliefs that albino body parts bring wealth and luck and in spite of such cases being rare in Zambia when compared to other countries like Tanzania, Malawi and other countries, Zambia has been and is still recording cases of albino killings and attacks with the recent case being an attack on a Kitwe 7year old girl identified as Dorothy Mulenga, a grade one pupil of Matupa Community School whose hand was chopped off after being kidnapped by unknown people in her home; and also the brutal murder of a 39 year old albino in Nyimba district in the Eastern part of Zambia of which the four suspects of the crime have been apprehended.
Albinism is a genetic disorder that results in the absence of melanin pigment responsible for giving color to the eyes, skin and hair. Albinism is just like any other genetic conditions like Marfan sydrome for example, as a result this does not make a person living with Albinism any less of human being to be used for rituals. The barbaric belief that albino body parts bring wealthy and luck should be eliminated among some African as such killings are crimes against humanity. People living with Albinism are also human beings who deserve to live a normal life. They too should be able to enjoy their right to life and as soon as those oppressing these people understand this. The better our world will become.
“Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable of all the members of the human family is the foundation of peace, Justice and freedom in our world”
– The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Albino lives matter and it is the responsibility of everyone of us to fight against barbaric and fetish beliefs of people who practice magic and witchcraft and help save the lives of dear friends and family. This is not only a fight for the people that are being victimized but, also our fight for humanity as human beings, as Africans and as country men and women.