Nalubinga taking fight for albinos’ rights by the horns - Daily Monitor

and an active member of several
associations at the university.
“Sometimes, I hate associating with
albinos because they remind me of
what I am and what I have been
going through all my life. It actually
scares me and I feel uncomfortable
but when I gain strength, I tell myself
the truth, which is that I am one of
them and I must do something for
the unborn so that they find a better world,” Nalubinga says with a smile.
In her early 20s, Nalubinga, a second year student of Mass Communication, says
while growing up, she used to fear to go to the nearby trading centres because she
could not go through without people pointing fingers at her.
“I could see rejection in the people’s faces but that did not stop me from hoping for a
better future. I was only loved and cherished by my mother,” she says.
Background
Nalubinga is the daughter of Ismali Katamba and Jannat Nakazinga, both residents of
Nakinyugui village, Makindye Division in Kampala. She was brought up in a
polygamous family with 20 siblings where she was the 11th born.
She went to Luwafu Primary School in Kampala and after completing Primary Seven,
she joined Mbogo Senior Secondary School, where she got 17 points in Uganda
Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE).
“People need to appreciate and know us as human beings because isolating us and
calling us names like Namagoya (albino), hurt us,” she says.
She adds that faith in God has been her strength throughout her life.
Nalubinga, who says she has survived two kidnap attempts, started her campaign of
fighting for the rights of people with albinism while at high school.
“The children born with albinism are just like other children, only that they have a
skin condition,” he says, adding that they are brilliant and talented as well.
She says due to her strong criticism against discrimination at her school, teachers and
students started changing their perception against students with albinism.
Initial successes
“I became talkative about what I believed in and this also helped me to fight stigma
because students could then convene near us and we discuss various issues,” she says.
When they broke off for holidays, she would carry the same message to the
community members, including religious leaders.
“I started lecturing people at home and at the mosque that albinos have a normal
lifespan and can do what other people can do in life,” Nalubinga says.
However, she says at one point after prayers at the mosque, one of the women
insulted her, insinuating that albinos are born as a result of women having sexual
intercourse with ghosts.
“The woman pointed at me and said producing children like me is as a result of my
mother sleeping with ghosts. It broke me down for a while but I gained more
confidence and I confronted her in public,” she says.
At this point, Nalubinga realised that the journey for the people living with albinism
was not easy.

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