Target: President Arthur Peter Mutharika
Goal: Investigate the disappearance of a teenage Malawian with albinism.
Fifteen-year-old David Fletcher, who has albinism, has disappeared. Albino people in Malawi are often the target of abductions and murders, and his safety is at risk. Sign the petition and demand a prompt investigation into his disappearance.
Many people in Malawi believe that albino people hold special powers. As a result, body parts of albinos are often sought-after relics for use in rituals or to bring good fortune. Albino people are at high risk of kidnapping and murder, and their graves are targets for robbers. David Fletcher disappeared after going to a football match with a friend. The friend, who does not have albinism, has also disappeared.
It is imperative that David and his friend be located as quickly as possible, and that the government intervenes to eliminate attacks on albino people, which have escalated recently. Sign the petition and demand that the government launch a full investigation into David and his friend’s whereabouts while protecting other people with albinism from similar fates.
I am writing to express my deep concern for the fate of David Fletcher, who has albinism, and his friend, both of whom disappeared after going to a football match. Given the recent rise in attacks against people with albinism, David and his friend could be in grave danger, and it is imperative that a full investigation be made into their current whereabouts. I urge you to devote all the resources necessary to this undertaking, and I implore you to undertake government initiatives to educate the public about people with albinism in order to prevent future attacks.
There have been no fewer than 12 killings of albino people in Malawi since 2014, and in that same time frame five have gone missing and have not been found. At least 69 other people with albinism have been attacked or otherwise harassed. There appears to be a recent uptick in the number and frequency of these kinds of incidents, to the point where Amnesty International reports that parents are pulling their albino children out of school and fleeing to urban areas. I urge you to implement government education initiatives to curtail the widespread violence against people with albinism.
Please do not let innocent people be slaughtered. Investigate David Fletcher’s disappearance and work to prevent similar crimes in the future.
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