Posts tagged Malawi


Trafficking of human bones in Malawi leads to the arrest of two men

Two men were detained by the police in Machinga, Malawi after they were caught in possession of human bones believed to be of an albino person. The police stated that the suspects will be charged with trafficking of human organs or possession of human tissue. The deep-seated beliefs in superstition in various African countries often result in dangerous and criminal practices affecting people with albinism.


Bald men decapitated in Mozambique for purposes of witchcraft and rituals

Mozambique police reportedly warned that bald men may be attacked for the purposes of witchcraft and rituals after two bald men were brutally killed in the country’s Zambezia province, one of whom was found with his head cut off and his organs removed. “The belief is that the head of a bald man contains gold.” People with albinism have been targets of vicious killings based on various superstitions. Authorities across the continent and civil groups need to do more to ensure citizens are protected, educated and empowered on how to challenge, resist these practices.

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“People outside any particular community cannot really solve the community’s public health problems. They have to solve these by themselves”: in conversation with Professor Tomohiko Sugishita

Professor Tomohiko Sugishita doesn’t believe in drive-by kindness. Starting from when he was a newly-minted medical doctor taking care of the medical needs of 2 million Malawians at the height of the HIV epidemic in 1995, Professor Sugishita has always believed in sinking deep roots into a community and helping it help itself. He recently sat down for an interview with veteran Kenyan journalist Wycliffe Muga and opened up about what lit his fire for medicine, his long years of medical practice in Africa and why he has come to believe in the “unlearning process”.


Kenya bans use of plastic bags to protect environment

Kenya has banned the use of plastic bags for commercial and household packing, becoming the latest African country to outlaw the plastic-bag carriers. The ban is expected to play a key role in helping to protect the environment. Kenya now joins Rwanda, Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mauritania and Malawi, countries that have issued similar bans.


Malawi: U.S. pop-star Madonna adopts twin orphan girls

The American pop-star Madonna successfully adopted twin girls in Malawi, the second time that the diva has adopted Malawian children. The American pop-diva who started a charity called Raising Malawi in Malawi, has previously adopted two Malawian children David Banda and Mercy James. “I can officially confirm I have completed the process of adopting twin sisters from Malawi and am overjoyed that they are now part of our family” Madonna said.

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Rihanna Visits School In Malawi and meets learners

Global pop star Rihanna visited Malawi as part of her duties as the ambassador for Global Citizen and Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The pop star whose philanthropic activities started with the establishment of her foundation, Clara Lionel Foundation, spent her time with students and the board of directors of GPE. The foundation says its committed to the fight against injustice, inequality, and poverty, through education.


Malawians participate in protest marches against abortion and homosexuality

Malawians across major cities today participated in protest marches against alleged proposals by the government to legalise abortion and homosexuality in the country. Various religious groups participated in the protest, which also attracted members of the Rastafari faith. Numerous images of the protest shared on social media show people carrying pro-life placards and anti-gay banners.