Name: Enelesi Nkhata. Died: April 14, 2016. Age at death: 21. Cause of death: Blood loss. Location: Kumtumba village, Malawi. Disability: Albinism.
Enelesi’s uncle knew that some people would pay a lot of money for the body parts of albinos, and so he made an arrangement with a gang of albino hunters.
Enelesi’s uncle told her that he had found her a job and would find her some sunscreen, both of which can be difficult to get for an albino in Malawi.
Then he lured her to a remote location, where he and his accomplices ambushed and dismembered her. She died of massive blood loss.
Gerald Phiri (Uncle), convicted of murder and abduction, sentenced to 17 years.
Other suspects: Medison Madzialenga, Damison Manyoni, Isaac Sambule, Yosofi Samuel, Jazimon Baluwa, Foster Weruzani, Steven Chingombe, and Ronald.
Name: Whitney Chilumpha. Died: April 4, 2016; body found April 13, 2016. Age at death: 23 months. Cause of death: Homicide. Location: Chiziya village, Malawi. Disability: Albinism.
Whitney was kidnapped from her bed; some days later, her body was found. She had been dismembered, her body parts sold for ritual magic.
White Chilumpha (Father), convicted of murder, sentenced to death.
James Kanjira, convicted of murder, sentenced to death.
Laston Phiri, convicted of being an accomplice, sentenced to 10 years.
Name: Henry Mokoshoni; also called “Hari” or “Harry Mockshon”. Died: February 26, 2016. Age at death: 9. Cause of death: Unspecified homicide. Location: Mpakati, Machinga District, Malawi. Disability: Albinism.
When Henry’s uncle took him from his mother’s house, that was the last time he was seen alive. It’s unknown how Henry died because only his head was ever found.
He leaves behind a twin brother named Harrison, who also has albinism, and a mother and stepfather who still mourn his death.
Elias Chatha (Uncle), charged with murder.
Name: Eunice Phiri. Died: January 28, 2016. Age at death: 53. Cause of death: Blood loss. Location: Kasungu National Park, Malawi. Disability: Albinism.
Eunice’s brother lured her and her 8-year-old son, who also has albinism, out of her home and into a nearby national park. There, they killed her by cutting off her arms. Her 8-year-old son escaped and found his way back home.
Msasauko Phiri (Brother), and two others, under investigation.