In this episode we continue our conversation with Joan Ndagire, a Ugandan activist and survivor of human trafficking. She shares her personal story of how she became an artist and how she used art to heal as a trafficking survivor.
Art was the best way to heal me as a trafficking survivor. As a survivor, I returned to my home country and went through a series of depressions, but when I decided to make art and tell my story through storytelling, theatre or going to the theatre to see plays or participate in art productions and sometimes meet with artists at the National Theatre in Uganda. As I continued to participate in different art productions, I was able to focus on a positive part of my life that made me feel happy about life, and so I was healing myself through art.
Joan is an artist (mainly a writer), an award-winning filmmaker and a survivor of human trafficking. She is committed to the fight against human trafficking. Her journey began in 2018 as a victim and survivor returning from Oman. Since then, stories have been published and Joan has been involved in various actions to fight this vice. As an artist and writer, she has written poetry and plays on the topic of human trafficking and made films such as HELP FIND ME, a documentary that highlights the reasons why various survivors fled the country and their experiences. Joan believes that teaching people, especially in the arts such as filmmaking, can prevent human trafficking from happening again or for the first time. For this reason, she is undertaking professional training so that she can teach more trafficking survivors practical skills that will enable them to earn money. Joan has worked with various organisations including Omuti Kreativ, Papa Odet Foundation, UCATIP (Uganda Coalition Against Trafficking in Persons), John Paul II Justice and Peace Centre, University of Tropical Science, Liverpool, Africa Faith And Justice Network and others. She has already written a series (BETWEEN US), an African love story hampered by differences between parents, which is running on Peral Magic.
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