A boy in Trans Nzoia county is still distressed after some unknown men descended on their home and chopped off his private parts eleven years ago. His grandma Alice Bonareri remembers vividly the sudden event of that fateful Thursday way back in 2002, when some four men broke into her home. She grabs a piece of cloth to wipe off tears already pooling her eyes as she takes courage to narrate to our exclusive team the tear-jerking story.
“They kicked the door wide open and ordered me, mum remain silent ! pulled the boy on the floor and chopped off his organ and run away,” Alice solemnly said.
The boy whose identity we decided to keep it anonymous was only eight months old during the incident that stole not only his manhood but also his confidence. Her grandmother says he was rushed to Kitale hospital where three surgeries were done to enable him pass urine and turned back home. He is now eleven years old and questioning curiously why he is not like his age mates.
He reveals to us in Swahili the pain he goes through as a result of the stigma due to his condition.
“Shuleni huwa tunacheza na wenzangu kandanda tukicheka lakini ikifika kwenda msalani huwa naenda pekeangu.” (In school we play football with my colleagues but going to the toilet I usually go alone).
He fears being intimidated by his schoolmates.
Alice says they sought help from a Kitale practitioner who recommended them to seek professional help from a surgeon in India. Her hands are tied though, the surgery costs Ksh.1.5 million. Alice cannot even begin to imagine where such a huge amount of money would come from.
Questions still licker in her mind as she still do not know the motive behind the merciless slain of her grandson’s sexual organ. No one has been arrested since the identity of the men is yet to be known. Alice appeals to well wishers to help raise funds that could restore the orphaned boy’s private part.