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Mengi hailed for advocacy efforts

14th May 2012
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IPP Executive Chairman, Dr Reginald Mengi

Under The Same Sun (UTSS), a lobby for the rights of people with albinism, has commended IPP Executive Chairman Dr Reginald Mengi for his efforts to help people with variuos disabilities, including albinism, in the country.

Speaking at the inauguration of 'White and Black: Crimes of Colour,' a Swahili language documentary on albinism, at Ngaza Girls Secondary School yesterday, the NGO's advocacy officer Kondo Seif said that people with albinism commended Dr Mengi for his efforts to help people with disabilities in the country.

“We are very much impressed by his donations to us and to our cause. We also thank him for giving us the chance to air our views on ITV's 'Kipima Joto' programme. It is a fact that, although there are a number of  radio and TV station owners, none gives a chance to us as Dr Mengi does,” he said.

The documentary, whose production was funded by UTSS, aims to raise public awareness on albinism with a view to stemming their brutal killings in the country.

 “Today Under The Same Sun is launching a campaign to raise awareness about albinism in 37 secondary schools in the Lake zone region, which starts here at Nganza Girls Secondary School,” he said.
 
Seif said that the primary aim of the documentary, which was directed by Jean-Francois Mean and features a local journalist, Vicky Ntetema, was produced in 2009 at a time when, for two years running, the murder rate of a persons with disability had fallen dramatically.

He added that members of the Under the Same Sun’s advocacy team will be travelling to regions and districts in the Lake zone where murders and attacks against persons with albinism were more prominent and their discrimination was acute.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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