Finally, I felt like a man, and it was a great feeling. I was putting food on the table, I was paying my mother’s medical bills, I was educating my sister, we had a roof over our heads, we had decent clothes on our backs, all thanks to me. For what seemed like the first […]

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If there had been a word that would have described my son, then anger would have been it. He was angry all the time, angry at everyone and everything, angry at how I dressed, angry at what I watched, angry with his siblings, angry at the community, angry that we weren’t devout enough-angry, angry, angry. […]

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Revenge; I fell asleep thinking of revenge, I dreamt of revenge, I woke up thinking of revenge, I breathed revenge, I walked revenge, I talked revenge. I had vowed to get my revenge for all the suffering that I had incurred in the hands of the police.    I had often wondered what drove one […]

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I know all about stigma. It is what happens when you are judged over and over for circumstances you do not control. I know all about being ostracized, my family suffered stigmatization and ostracization all over my father’s wrongful arrest and it changed the course of our lives for good.   We will never know […]

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“We in fact need well learned people of your calibre working in Katilu, I remember my boss telling me gleefully as he gave me my transfer letter. I had been transferred to a remote outpost in Katilu, Lokichar Sub County where the general population was less than a thousand and nothing ever happened. The only […]

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I heard the gunshots before I felt the pain. They were loud and all consuming. I thought I would never hear again. It never occurred to me that the shots had landed on my leg, not until I tried to move and found that I could not- that is when I looked down and saw […]

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I had left my house in the afternoon to attend a women’s only investment and table banking meeting popularly known as a chama. As typical with these meetings, we did not start strictly on time and the group’s officials were reluctant to start the meeting without majority of the members being present. This meant that […]

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