FOLLOWING the killings of albinos in Uganda and Tanzania, The Telegraph newspaper reported that over 57 murders and around 14 attempted murders have so far been recorded in Tanzania. Their body parts, which have been the major cause of their death, are being cut off and sold at about $2,000 a piece for purposes of witchcraft.”Luckily in Rwanda the major problem albinos face isn’t murder but segregation from ‘normal’ children, both in school and home.” Dusabejambo said. “People think being an albino restrains you from doing a lot of things. They think you can’t be bright in class, you can’t be good at sports and many more negative things”.Dusabejambo then thought of an initiative that would sensitise the Rwandan public that albinos are normal people and have the same capabilities as others. She launched the Black in White Initiative for Peace, with the moto ‘All flowers of all colours together make the beauty of nature.’
On April 4, Dusabejambo, in collaboration with Peace and Love Proclaimers, Basic Briliant Africa, Peace for Life and Almond Tree Films came together to organise and launch a campaign to shed light on the challenges and struggles faced by the albinos in Rwanda, putting together a platform for albinos to share in public their opinion about their life and how it can be improved.
Albinos said they felt very supported and relieved in their country following the unfortunate tragedies that had occurred to their counterparts in neighbouring countries.
There are no differences between albinos and everyone else – they have the same beginnings, thoughts and feelings as anyone else. There are just a few differences, which aren’t worth separating, stigmatising or segregating people for.
Dusabejambo who has had a lot of experience with short film making was also the second editor in “I want to see the movie,” a documentary based on the making of a feature film “Kinyarwanda” by Alrick Brown.
Based on these experiences, she created her first short-film called “Lyiza” in 2012. Lyiza is a short film about a young school child dealing with fears and memories from the 1994 Genocide against the Tusti. Her hard work paid off when LYIZA premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2011 in New York and in Yaoundé during the International Festival of Women’s Films. In 2012, the jury unanimously awarded the prize of the cineforum at the African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival to the film “Lyiza”
Dusabejambo has used a lot of what she has learnt in making films that have had an impact on the lives of many Rwandans today.
What is albinism?
Albinism (from Latin albus, “white”) is a congenital disorder characterised by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes due to absence or defect of an enzyme involved in the production of melanin. Albinism results from inheritance of recessive gene alleles and is known to affect all vertebrates.