Deafblind persons need special attention

By Elias Hakizimana.

Rwanda’s deafblind persons claim of difficulty conditions of life they are experiencing due to the fact that they were lost in terms of conversation and access to information.

Through their recently elected organisation dubbed “Rwanda Organisation for People with Deafblind (ROPDB), they are calling for advocacy to be able to express themselves and raise different concerns hampering their wellbeing.

They claim to miss out tactile language that helps them to communicate between them to avoid the loneliness.

Herman Bambanze, the chairperson of ROPDB said it remains a great challenge to help them learn this language since their number is not known as per the recent 2012 census.

He said that the organization is going to do whatever possible and look for support to know the exact number of these people and where they live.

“Many of deafblind persons are in their homes, we are trying to look for a support to them. Today, after having established the organization, we have started to train tactile language to some of them,” Bambanze said. 

Sylvie Nyirabugenimana, Disability friendly communication officer at National council for persons with disabilities (NCPD) said that persons with disabilities have problems in general.

“Every category of persons with disabilities has problems. The problems of a person with skill disability differ from the ones of someone who lacks a part of body. People do not understand well the categories of persons with disabilities. Things get worse when it comes to persons with deafblind disability. As NCPD, we are helping the entities voted to advocate for such issues. This is done through capacity building training we offer to them,” she said.


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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,( is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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