Despite all unnecessary questions I knew I would get, I ALWAYS held my baby with pride and joy, I was grateful to God for her, I immediately began researching about albinism, educating myself to ensure that she still gets the best out of life.
I read very hurtful stories from people living with albinism, most are isolated from society because society is narrow minded and most are illiterate. Most have a very difficult childhood especially those raised in poorer communities like established by model Thando Hopa in her story.
I read a story about a young boy who was kidnapped I immediately started crying and asked myself in 2016 people still believed that people with albinism have super powers? I had to do something I thought to myself. I began having multiple fears and endless questions. Where will we live? Will she be safe? What if she is bullied at school? What if she doesn’t enjoy her childhood? And then it was back to endless crying, because like every mother all we want is the best for our kids and for them to be happy. My fears turned into depression I even landed in hospital nobody knew what was happening all doctors said was there might be something bothering me terribly and it was because of my fear of bringing my daughter into such a cold world full of horrible things happening, it honestly broke my heart, I couldn’t bear the thought of my daughter being unhappy.
But because God lives, it seems as though He did everything that happened in my life deliberately, as I was walking in town I came across about 8 beautiful ladies with albinism (I’ve never met so many at once) most of them had a ring on their ring finger, for some reason that made me happy and a bit relieved. Thereafter I came across a guy by the name Mpho Tjope who had just released a book “Life with albinism filled with pearls” and interesting and educational read by the way, I added him as a friend it was delightful to see how proud and content he is with having albinism he really takes pride in being “legoa” as he normally calls himself. Thereafter I was watching an educational program called SHIFT I saw a beautiful lady by the name Palesa Mosiea she touched a little on her experience of growing up with albinism, she was very confident and advised one kid tried bullying her she reprimanded her from doing so. Slowly but surely I was believing that my daughter would be ok, yes she might face a few challenges cause unfortunately illiterate people will always be around us, but we were going to be ok, I was determined to make sure of it.
“SCARS TO YOU BEAUTIFUL”_ Alessia Cara
_there’s a hope that waiting for you in the dark, you should know you’re beautiful just the way you are, and you don’t have to change a thing the world could change its heart_