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Malawi :UN vacates staff in Phalombe, Mulanje over vampire scare

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The United Nations (UN) has ordered its staff working in the southern Malawi districts of Phalombe and Mulanje to leave amid rising mob justice in relation to blood sucking rumors.

There have been reports of blood sucking reports in the districts where six people have lost their lives in mob justice on allegations that they are connected to the blood sucking saga.

The same kind of rumors had also hit the country back in the year 2002 when people believed that some individuals were mystically sucking blood.

Commenting on the development, UN resident coordinator Florence Rolle told The Guardian that “some UN staff have relocated while others are still in the districts depending on locations of operations”.

Rolle also said that UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is still monitoring the situation so as to bring back affected Un staff.

On his return from United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), President Peter Mutharika expressed shock over the reports of the blood sucking which he described as “distressing and agonizing”.

Meanwhile, government of Malawi is yet to clearly come out with convincing report in regard to the matter as officials have been commenting either on personal stand or giving conflicting information.

However, one Member of Parliament recently called for prayers to deal with the matter.


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