Per­se­cuted al­bi­nos re­set­tled

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

AS THE UN marked In­ter­na­tional Al­binism Aware­ness Day on Tues­day, the UN refugee agency in Malawi re­ported it had been re­set­tling al­bino refugees in North Amer­ica since June last year due to con­tin­ued at­tacks on them.

The agency said al­bino refugees in Malawi were re­port­ing ha­rass­ment – one refugee, now re­set­tled in Canada, said peo­ple kept try­ing to cut his hair.

Peo­ple with al­binism are at­tacked in Malawi and other parts of Africa be­cause of false be­liefs that po­tions made from their body parts bring good luck and wealth.

The UN­HCR says at least 20 peo­ple with al­binism have been killed in Malawi since 2014.

An­other 100 al­bi­nos, in­clud­ing chil­dren, have been sub­jected to ab­duc­tions and grave ex­huma­tions.

The UN has been screen­ing al­bino refugees and their fam­i­lies el­i­gi­ble for asy­lum at the Dza­leka refugee camp in Malawi.

The camp is home to more than 30 000 peo­ple, mainly from the Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of the Congo, Bu­rundi, Rwanda, Ethiopia and So­ma­lia.

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