Lisa lives in a part of the DR Congo that is still very dangerous.
She was born into a poor family and never received an education. Lisa has albinism and suffers from other health disorders but she can rarely afford to go to the hospital to receive the treatment she needs.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, it's very dangerous for albinos. Lisa lives in fear of a gang of boys who look for people with albinism. The gangs kidnap and kill Albino people in order to sell their body parts. This gruesome trade is fuelled by superstition, as some people believe Albino body parts have magical powers.
I am discriminated against in the community. Many people don’t like to collaborate with me or help me.Lisa
Lisa was raped by a stranger when she was out working in a field. She was given treatment at the local hospital, but was quickly sent away because she had no money for medical bills. As a result of the attack, Lisa became pregnant and gave birth to a child named Jacob.
Through SCIAF, Lisa received psycho-social counselling that provided advice on parenting and how to deal with the emotional trauma of rape.
This helped me face the challenges resulting from rape. I now know how to live with a child and care for my child...I love my son even though I don’t know his father.Lisa
With help from our partners in DR Congo, Lisa is now part of a support group that offers financial advice for those with albinism or who have survived sexual violence.
Lisa managed to save enough money to start a business selling beans and was briefly able to pay her medical bills. However, with her son and her deteriorating health, she had to give up the business. Now she desperately needs a means of making money to provide for her family.
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