Al­bino at­tacks con­demned

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Thando Ndlovu

‘PEO­PLE liv­ing with al­binism should not be treated like crim­i­nals.

‘They re­main or­di­nary men and women who are cit­i­zens of this coun­try.

‘They too have rights to life and must be treated with re­spect and dig­nity.’

This was the cry which echoed through the streets of eSikhaleni, dur­ing an Al­binism Aware­ness Cam­paign, held last week.

Or­gan­ised by God’s Am­bi­tious Church, the cam­paign was aimed at rais­ing pub­lic aware­ness about peo­ple liv­ing with al­binism and to call for an end to the hu­mil­i­a­tion, abuse and at­tacks di­rected at them.

Speak­ing at the event, for­mer mayor of uMkhanyakude Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, Lawrence Mthombeni com­mended the church com­mu­nity for tak­ing a lead in pro­tect­ing peo­ple liv­ing with al­binism.

‘For too long now, we have been sub­jected to dis­crim­i­na­tion, for be­ing what we are. We are be­ing pun­ished by other cit­i­zens for be­ing what we are.

‘Some have gone as far as killing us, with an in­ten­tion of mak­ing muthi, that will make them wealthy peo­ple.

‘We would be happy if par­ents were to teach their chil­dren about al­binism as a whole,’ he said.

Lo­cal church leader Mbon­geni Makhathini said the church com­mu­nity will con­tinue to spread the mes­sage of no vi­o­lence against peo­ple liv­ing with al­binism.

Thando Ndlovu

Al­bi­nos and church lead­ers march­ing to raise a pub­lic aware­ness in eSikhaleni

Call­ing for pro­tec­tion is al­binism ac­tivist Lawrence Mthombeni

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