Alfred Chugalug and his mother. © LAWILINK/Amnesty International

VIDEO: Hunted for their Body Parts, People With Albinism Face a Killing Spree

There has been a surge in killings of people with Albinism in Malawi.  Since November 2014, eighteen people have been killed. In this April alone, four people were murdered, including a baby.

Why the killing spree? Superstition. Some people in the region believe that the body parts of people with albinism contain supernatural, magical powers. The persistence of these beliefs, despite a nascent public eduction campaign, is having deadly consequences.

This video released today from Amnesty International offers a raw look at the recent surge of violence and its consequences for people living with albinism.