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VIDEO: Jeremy Kuria, the survivor of horrific triple murder arrives in Atlanta for further check-up

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Jeremy Kuria, the survivor of a horrific family tragedy in August 2007 at his family’s Powder Springs home in which his mother Jane Kuria and two sisters, 19-year-old Isabela and 16-year-old Anabelle, were murdered, has arrived in Atlanta ahead of a fundraiser scheduled for Sunday at 3pm at the Kenyan American Community Church in Marietta, GA.

On the fateful day in 2007, Police said Kuria’s mother and his two sisters were beaten to death in their beds during the middle of the night. Jeremy, who was 7 years old at the time, was also beaten but survived. As did a 10-year-old cousin.

Jeremey now lives with a grandmother in Kenya. But hard times have fallen on the 17-year-old again. Doctors there recently removed a tumor from his brain and the Kenyan community of Atlanta, which was so supportive of his family after the triple homicide, is rallying now to help pay the costs according to his uncle.

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According to Waira Njau, who is an uncle to the 17 year old Jeremy Kuria, the teen arrived in the country on Friday.

“He is already here. We as a family would like to have him go through further check up at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta just to be sure that the tumor is not cancerous,” he told KSN by phone on Saturday.

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KSN has learnt that the doctors at Scottish Rite Hospital will evaluate him for further treatment. It’s believed the tumor was benign.

 

“To see if we can fundraise to offset this bill. We are in tune of about $50,000 right now. Which we don’t have. And for Jeremy to get further treatment, this bill has to be paid,” Njau Waira, Jeremy’s uncle said.

Nearly, 11 years later, police have been unable to make an arrest and the case has grown cold. But the Kenyan community has not forgotten.

“You can’t stop hurting,” Waira said. “We would like to know who did it and why. It’s a sad affair.”

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“They are saying the tumor is not showing cancer but it could be cancerous. If he came over here, they could take care of it where it won’t grow no more,” Waira said.

The Kenyan American Community Church located at 771 Elberta Drive in Marietta is holding a fundraiser for Jeremy Kuria on February 25 at 2 p.m.

The church is also taking donations. They hope to raise $50,000 for Jeremy’s past medical bills, but hope to raise enough for future bills as well.

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My Experience: I could not withstand working 18 straight hours as a house help in Saudi Arabia

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Lydia Mutua attests to have been literary desperate about improving her life and her family’s fortunes. Despite the fact that her husband is employed by a reputable company in Nairobi, the mother of three just wanted financial independence and to better her life. “I had heard that people could make good money working for rich families in Saudia, so I wanted to have that connection as well.”

Asked whether she had heard previous reports of Kenyans being tortured in Saudi Arabia, she answered to the affirmative but argued that the incentive to end her financial desperation was so huge that she overlooked the possible consequences.

“I could not imagine that I could be pocketing a cool Sh 80,000 a per month. Even if I managed to work for six months, the money could be enough for me to start a business,” revealed Lydia.

In April 2018, Lydia, who currently lives in Mlolongo Estate Nairobi, approached a local recruitment agency where she paid Sh 60,000 as processing fees plus a Sh 5,000 medical fee for hookup to Saudia employers.

“The agent told me that I have to pay Sh 60,000 processing fee plus Sh 5,000 medical fee. Since I already had some money from my salon business, I decided to sacrifice and pay for the commission fees.”

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However, she was unable to withstand the heavy house chores (working for 18 hours), humiliations, and physical abuse by her employers. During her short time there, her job entailed washing dishes, clothes, cleaning, gardening every day. She would wake up at 3.30 am and sleep at 1 am, so she had only two hours to sleep. As if this was not enough, most of the time, she was given so little food while at other times denied food altogether. “Woe unto you if you make an error while performing these duties because you will be subjected to physical abuse or your salary deducted.”

“After working for two months for a middle-class business family in Sakaka, which is about 1,200 kilometres from the capital Riyadh, I decided that there was no way I could stay there and watch myself die”. She told Ureport adding that “I decided to request for help from my parents back in Kenya who sent me money for transport after which I jetted back.”

Following these experiences, Lydia vowed never to go back to Saudia in the name of looking for domestic work.

“Unless I am going for a company job, there is no way I will go back there with what I experienced,” she says.

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Papa Shirandula actress Naliaka ordained as a minister

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Celebrated Papa Shirandula actress Daisy Netia alias Naliaka is now a minister of the gospel after she was ordained as a pastor at the Harvest Family Church in Ongata Rongai.

Sharing the exciting news on Instagram, Naliaka – in prayer- thanked her spiritual father, Jimmy Macharia, for seeing her through.

“The day my life changed totally. I thank God for my spiritual father Jimmy Macharia who saw beyond my weaknesses. When God wants to do something in your life, He will introduce to you a man. Dear God, please help me not to ever forget where you picked from,” wrote Naliaka.

According to one of Naliaka’s close friends, the actress has been juggling between acting and ministry and are pleased that she was finally given the nod to do what she loves most.

Naliaka’s march to the pulpit is reminiscent with that of sports journalist Vincent Opiyo who not too long ago also heeded the call to minister through the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

In his last article published on May 19, 2019, Opiyo admitted that priesthood was his lifetime ambition despite his stint at the newsroom.

A passion to serve that, he said, began when he was 12 as an altar boy at his home Parish, Nangina Catholic Church.

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“At the age of 12, I became an Altar Boy in my home parish, Nangina Catholic church. This was a year of finishing my catechism classes that culminated into receiving Holy Communion. It is during this period that I started dreaming of being like my parish priest who was a friend and a father figure,” he recalled.

Opiyo explained that even though he went through hardships at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC), the U-turn was inevitable.

“I joined the University of Nairobi for a Broadcast Journalism course in September 2011 but my hopes for a bursary from a charity organization collapsed and I had to drop out after failing to pay the Sh110, 000 fees… I applied for evening classes at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC) in Nairobi and sold Airtel mobile phone SIM cards on the streets to add to the little upkeep my father gave me. A SIM card was Sh50, my profit was Sh20,” he added.

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Brampton City in Canada to Honor Kenyans in the Diaspora

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The Kenyan national flag is set to be raised for two weeks in the city of Brampton, Ontario, Canada, in honor of Kenya’s Independence Day.

The flag-hoisting ceremony also seeks to appreciate the participation of Kenyan-Canadians living in Brampton. The ceremony will be held at Brampton City Hall by the Mayor of Brampton, Patrick Brown, on Saturday, December 14th, a day when Kenyans living in Canada will mark the 56th Jamhuri Day.

Several political, community leaders, Federal Members of Parliament, Regional and Municipal Councilors from the Greater Toronto Area are expected to attend the inaugural flag-raising event. A representative from the Kenya High Commission in Canada is also expected to attend.

“This is a great achievement and a milestone not just to the Kenyans living in Canada but to Kenya as a country. We are so proud to have the Canadian government recognize, for the first time, the contributions of Kenyans in this country.”

“This is a significant step towards getting integrated with other communities that form part of the immigrant Canadian society,” said Kenyan Canadian Association (KCA) President Ephraim Mwaura.

 

 

 

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