WOUNDS OF HOPE

#THROUGH THE EYES OF A WOMAN

By Ritah Anindo

Talk of desperation, Talk of hope, talk of stigma, talk of loneliness; this is what runs in the mind of an adolescent mother; the context of motherhood is highly valued across cultures but for an adolescent girl, the value consequence a price to pay, unlike the father of the child she has to set aside her ambitions and embrace parenthood. The stress is unbearable, most of this girls are uncertain of what the future holds, they either chose to keep the child or terminate; all in the hope for a better future.

The conversation of teenage pregnancy is not new in the country; reports indicate that one in every five girls of age15-19 has begun child bearing or has had a child (KDHS 2014). It is sad that the victims of this menace are mostly adolescents living in slums; most slum areas in Kenya have a narrative…

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BEHIND COVERS

  • Many at time a crime happens or just assumptions that a crime has happened journalist, activist, human right consultant and generally everyone just finds interest on what has happened and imagine they all conclude they know the story line just from rumors, journalists would even win awards from such news. Everyone would judge the accused they even end up being killed if not being stigmatized and if they escape all that just as everyone says “Mkono wa sheria ni mrefu” they all find themselves in jail.
  • Ok please don’t misunderstand me it’s not as if am on the side of wrong but then I want us to view this people we call criminals as people like us, denying them there freedom is enough punishment for them, these are human being like us, they need good food, shelter and clothing, why do we see them as people who don’t deserve our attention, come on guys! these people are still our mothers and fathers brothers and sisters and even neighbors.
  • Guys lets be thoughtful on this issue, how many times have we found ourselves making some silly mistakes or just hurting others, imagine if you were stigmatized and hated for that thing you did for like three years, sad isn’t it? Now that’s what am     talking about. And am also sure that there is a time in your life you were blamed for something you didn’t do, now imagine it’s killing and now you are given a life imprisonment, how does it feel then to add on that everyone now reject you. It’s just good we try listening to them less not judge a book by it’s cover.
  • People you know I personally feel for this people, I understand that ‘some’ of them made mistakes we can’t forgive and they really hurt but we are all human beings, do we have to live in a different world from there’s where is the sense of humanity, I can imagine the loneliness in those prisons, poor sanitation, them working tirelessly with no pay. Imagine a pregnant woman in such an environment, someone who unwell. Human rights consultants where are you it just pains that even you that should fighting for human rights don’t see that most prisons are not fit for human settlement.

Well I have an idea, ok we can’t get them out of prison but we can at least visit them, listen to their story, try providing them with some of the necessities and if you have something to your care and attention would create a huge impact. U can give just a talk and not lecture; it’s listening and understand them. We can also the society to accept these people and to change the conditions in the prisons. Yes we can the perception of prisoners