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I CALL IT LIVING.

My story:
By, Simaloy.
As I lie down on my bed, facing the roof, my mind wonders off to the world I call ‘My past’
It is 3 o’clock on a Sunday afternoon. My son Immanuel and I are just from church. Today’s theme was ‘DON’T LET YOUR PAST DETERMINE YOUR FUTURE’
This sermon really got me thinking. To a point of taking me many years back, when all the pain began.
As a little girl by the age of 6, I was hit by a car on my way back from school. I was in my first grade. Admitted in hospital for close to a month then discharged.
By age 9, I was sexually abused by a male house help.
By the age 17 while pursuing my O levels, my step-parents were too consumed in alcohol that I had to work in a brothel after school in order to fund my education.
By the time I was about to do my final year exams, my parents, had me arrested for prostitution. In the cells I was beaten mercilessly by cops who had been well bribed to do so and again, sexually abused.
After O-levels, I got kicked out of home over a plate of French fries worth ½ a dollar that I had eaten in my step mother’s hotel without paying.
I ended up in one of the largest slums in Africa, Kibera. A gentleman took me in and took good care of me. Only to realize a year later that he had infected me with HIV KNOWINGLY!
Frustrations led me to heavy drinking, drug abuse and back to prostitution. One night, in my drug intoxication, on my way back to my shack after making no money, I was brutally raped on both sides.
I had had 3 abortions before but chose to keep this one even with awareness of my status.
Immanuel-jon-Zacchary. The source of my joy and the reason why everyday I look forward to tomorrow. Today, I volunteer as a radio presenter in the slums community radio. I share my experience to the public and encourage those living with HIV like Immanuel and I to face life positively and stay away from drugs.
My heart is into giving people, what I NEVER got. 12 years with living with HIV, my goal is, ‘leave the world a better place than I found it’
All thanks to my miracle baby, Immanuel

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Carri Pence's picture

Immanuel is not your only

Immanuel is not your only miracle, where your source of survival is also a miracle. To lift your head up for a better tomorrow is a faith that comes with your son but also your personal strength and integrity. May the world give you a better and brighter future, for you deserve it.

Simaloy's picture

Thank you Carri.

Words like these make me happy to see another day. I always keep the faith. I shall fight to the end....to see that the world I found,....I shall make even if its just a small difference.
Though so far I must admit, I have made quite an impact on PLHIV in my community and a greater impact to my friends and family.
And now am more than happy to share with the world.

Thank you again.

Simaloy!

pooza11's picture

love

May god give you all the strength and happiness so that you can lice a better lift with Immanuel.You will have excellent days ahead and will definitely lead a wonderful life.I appreciate your tolerance capability. You are a great women and women like you can change the whole world and make it better.Loads of love to Immanuel
Keep sharing more stories.

Love and Peace
pooza

Simaloy's picture

Wow!

Thank you Pooza. More stories on the way. I have SO much to tell about Slum life in Kibera. And the challengees faced everyday due to poverty. Can you imagine surviving on less than a dollar a day? well, to MOST off us.....its hard but 'normal'.

Simaloy!

brianna.warren's picture

The power of sharing

Your ability to share such difficult happenings will undoubtedly touch many women who have been in painful situations, but who might feel afraid or ashamed to share. Thank you for using your voice to reach out and help others feel like they are not the only ones enduring hardship. Your life is a testament to the power of perseverance, and I wish you and Immanuel the best!

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