37th Session (Virtual) of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), 15-26 March 2021 African Albinism Alliance1 Statement on the Situation of Children with Albinism in Africa Hon. Chairperson, all protocol observed On behalf of The African Albinism Alliance (AAA), A newly formed consortium of organizations working in Africa to promote the implementation of the AU Plan of Action on Albinism, We congratulate the incoming members of the committee and extend our gratitude to the outgoing members for their support in advocating for rights and welfare of children with albinism in Africa, particularly in Tanzania where reported attacks against people with albinism have decreased significantly. Nonetheless, we remain concerned about the ongoing reports of violence against children with albinism in Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia. In the period of 2020-2021, eleven incidents have been reported in the three States. About half of these cases involved children between the ages of 0 to 12. In Malawi, two girls survived abduction, in Mozambique one boy was murdered, another went missing, and an eight month old baby survived trafficking by his parents, and in Zambia, a man who was a father of 3 children was murdered. To date, no mastermind behind these violent crimes has ever been unmasked, prosecution remains slow and accused persons killed in 1 A newly formed consortium of organizations working in Africa to promote the implementation of the AU Plan of Action on Albinism. For more, see actiononalbinism.org

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