LILONGWE-(MaraviPost) – A female headed-family with nine children that four of them are girls living with albinism, accepted to marry a form-two secondary school albino girl in the capital Lilongwe, Maravi Post can reveal.
The family migrated from Mangochi to the capital in 2016 for security over the four albino girls is homeless living on hand to mouth at Area 25B in the city.
The Maravi Post visit to the family on Friday which is living in one bedroom-rented shack house exposed how the mass albino killing the nation was embroiled last ended them into destitute.
According to the children’s mother who is aged 42, came into the city after the escalation of the albino killings that took a center stage in the lake shore district of Mangochi.
The mother, Violet Martin of Kayaye Village, Traditional Authority (T.A) Chimwala in the district told Maravi Post that she left her second husband to the city with the four girls; one in form two, the three in standard four, five and eight.
Violet said upon arrival in the city a few weeks later in August got two albino children into a certain charitable school organization in the same area meaning that the other two albino girls (form two and standard eight) remained with the mother.
This tempted a-form two secondary girl (now 18 years old) into relationship with a married man who proposed marriage to the girl while divorcing his wife.
“When I heard that one of my albino daughters was into a relationship with this man, I personally confronted such an arrangement which was against my wish for her to be in school. But due to the girl’s obsessed love to the man we accepted while seeking guidance from the police for my daughter’s security.
“Kanengo Police station advised us to take the marriage propose to our home village in Mangochi where the engagement ceremony took place shuttering my daughters dreams of attaining education.
“But sadly am getting reports that my child is not treated well; beaten and assaulted contrary to the man’s promises. Unfortunately, I haven’t reported the matter yet to the police. What I want is for this girl to be at boarding school”, said Violet.
She added that the house she was living with the seven children (as one is married and the first born left in Mangochi) lacked security and too small for the family.
“My parents are also too old to help me with these children as the second husband does not have enough income to support the family hence seeking any financial help that I can run a business”, urged Violet.
The Maravi Post later got hold of the girl (whose particulars have been held) on whether was forced into the marriage and she confessed that the decision was out of desperation and
She pleaded for a boarding school saying she was ready to abandon the marriage for education as she felt cheated by the man married after not fulfilling promises of sending her to school.
“I can’t lie to you that my mother forced me into marriage. I did it on my own thinking that getting married will relieve the mother’s care on my other siblings. Even the man promised to send me to school but nothing is working instead its insults I am receiving.
“What I want now is being in school. This is the best way one can help me as that’s the future not marriage the way I have experienced now”, confessed the form two drop out albino girl.
Kanengo Police station deputy spokesperson Salomy Chibwana confirmed of handling the albino girl’s marriage but felt cheated by the children’s mother on how the issue was brought before them.
Chibwana disputed the claims that the station facilitated the marriage but rather advised the mother to take the issue to her home village with also the support from the area’s police.
The police publicist, therefore, was shocked with reports from the media that the girl was mistreated when all in all a mother was advised to tip the police on any serious matter concerning the girls.
“This is a very bad development to learn that this girl is being troubled. We will investigate the matter and necessary measures will be taken to rescue the girl”, assured Chibwana.
Member of Parliament (MP) for Lilongwe City Center, David Bisnowaty and Kabwabwa ward councilor Phodogoma assured the family of needful support when furnished with facts of the whole issue.
Since 2014, over 20 people with Albinism have been reportedly killed in Malawi since the scourge resurfaced after the incident was dealt with decisively in Tanzania which among others was banning the operation of herbalists.