Tourists climb Kilimanjaro for PwA rights

24Sep 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
 Tourists climb Kilimanjaro for PwA rights

THIRTY-TWO tourists from 28 countries across the globe yesterday started climbing Mount Kilimanjaro as part of the campaign against "vicious" killings of People with Albinism (PwA) in Malawi.

Country director of the Josephat Torner Foundation Europe (JTFE), Josephat Torner.

“Upon arrival at the Uhuru Peak in September 28, there is an open letter I have written to the Malawi President Peter Mutharika explaining how we are being hurt by the ongoing violent actions. People with albinism are not comfortable with their lives especially in the in sub- Saharan Africa, and this is what we’re campaigning for,” he said.

Country director of the Josephat Torner Foundation Europe (JTFE), Josephat Torner said that the campaign is aimed at raising public awareness in communities to shun customs and beliefs that undermine other people’s lives.

Torner appealed to the European Union (EU) to strengthen efforts in the fight against PwA violence while calling on the United Nations to push for the governments in the developing countries to take action.

“Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro stands as a sign of support and would give strength PwA in Malawi and Africa at large, we also expect to see various measures taken by African countries where these challenges are prevailing,” he said.

He commended Tanzania for various measures it had taken to fight the violence against PwA where he called on others to emulate the move.

“Tanzania has done a tremendous job in the fight against PwA violence, we have witnessed the government participating fully in this, we have also seen the community itself working to address the vice…a number of offenders were prosecuted and others jailed,” he added.

Gowen Marange, the founder of Alive Albinism Initiative of Zimbabwe said that since 2014, at least 600 PwA have faced violence in 27 African countries.

For his part, a presenter from Makiwi Broadcasting Firm in Malawi said that the campaign aims to give strength to the PwA and enable them to live freely without fear.

Normally, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro passes the climbers in different weather condition zones starting from that of tropic to arctic. The 5,895m Kibo Peak remains the most attractive area from tourists due to its surrounded ice.

There are six main Kilimanjaro routes that one can use to trek the highest mountain in Africa. The most popular route is that which starts from Marangu.

Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain on the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro has three volcanic cones, Mawenzi, Shira and Kibo. Mawenzi and Shira are extinct but Kibo, the highest peak, is dormant and could erupt again.

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