Albino attacks condemned
‘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.
Albinos and church leaders marching to raise a public awareness in eSikhaleni
Calling for protection is albinism activist Lawrence Mthombeni