Albino pastor fears attack by witch doctors, gives up ministry

A pastor in Malawi has had to give up his ministry because being an albino has made him fear for his life. Clement Dayile, a pastor at Christ Citadel Church in Malawi, told the Nyasa Times he had had to abandon his congregation until he felt more secure. Albinism, a condition in which people lack pigment in their skin, hair and eyes, is seen as a stigma in Malawi and other African countries. Children with the condition are vulnerable to abduction and murder, with their body parts being used in witchcraft rituals, and there have been cases of adults being murdered. Dayile said “The situation is not conducive for me to be going out to preach. I don’t even go out on longer distances, in fear I will be the next victim.”

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