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About 300 people, most of them albinos, have braved steady rains this week - sometimes bringing traffic to a standstill - to protest near the residence of Malawi's president, Peter Mutharika. The demonstrators want a face-to-face meeting with the president to discuss the continued killings of albinos in the southern African country.

Most of them wore black attire and sang songs usually heard during funeral services. They also carried banners and placards with messages like "No More Sleeping on Albino Attacks," and "Same Blood, Different Colors."

Ian Simbota, an official with the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi, which organized the protest, laid out the protesters goals.
“We have several demands. One of them is that we want the president to institute a commission of inquiry which must make sure that it exposes the people behind the albino bone sales, because this problem is still continuing, because we haven’t managed to kill the market, but if we kill the market today, that would be the beginning of the end of our problem,” Simbota said.

The protesters tried to march on Mutharika's residence but were turned back when police mounted a human wall about 200 meters from the front gate. Authorities said they could not allow a protest at State House because it is a protected area.

Simbota, speaking for the protesters, said the blockade was unfair.

"If the president fails to safeguard our right to right and security, he must just come out and declare Malawi not safe home for persons with albinism. Then we should seek asylum somewhere because he has failed us,” Simbota said.



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