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Visually impaired acid attack survivor in the US for surgery – PHOTOS

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Acid attack survivor Dan Matakayia travelled to the United State for his surgery to open up his nostril at Alessi Institute in California.

Matakayia, a former police officer, was attacked with acid by his wife on the morning of September 21st, 2013.

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The scorching acid badly burnt his face, leaving him blind and with a deformed face.

He left the country on September 4, 2019 for a one month stay in the US to undergo the surgery after he won full sponsorship from the Face Forward International.

The man, who celebrates his birthday on September 10, has been received well by Kenyans in the US.

The family of Glory Riungu has taken it upon themselves to take care of Matakayia for the month he will be staying in the US.

From the pictures he shared exclusively with Nairobi News, Matakayia has settled in very well in the US.

Acid attack survivor Dan Matakayia in the US. PHOTO | COURTESY
Acid attack survivor Dan Matakayia in the US. PHOTO | COURTESY

On his first visit, as he awaits his surgery on September 20, 2019, Matakayia visited the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame and the TCL Chinese Theatre.

He has also gone for shopping, as most of the clothes he carried from Kenya were meant for the cold weather yet Los Angeles is all sunny.

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Over the weekend, Matakayia attended church service at KICC Los Angeles Church where he shared his story with Kenyan community there.

Acid attack survivor Dan Matakayia (centre) with friends in the US. PHOTO | COURTESY
Acid attack survivor Dan Matakayia (centre) with friends in the US. PHOTO | COURTESY

He was then invited for a TV interview at KTLA virtual channel 5 subsidiary of the Tribune Media Company.

Matakayia will also get the opportunity to speak during the the 10th Face Forward International Gala night.

The money raised during the dinner gala with help more people like Matakayia who have gone through domestic violence and have been left with visible scares.

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How I got pregnant for my mpango wa kando after years of trying to conceive

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Women sometimes seek abortion services, especially after engaging in sexual tirades with lovers  without thinking of the repercussions.

Women especially those in marriage have been increasingly seeking these services.

*Veronicah  discovered that her blood sister was having an affair with her husband.

“Whenever my husband went out of town for conferences, my sister would also go for interviews.

When she confronted her husband, their argument snowballed into a physical abuse with the husband threatening to involve Carols parents if she continued with the allegations.”

To avoid bringing shame to the family, Carol dropped the matter but two months later she got the shock of her life after discovering that she was pregnant.

What did she do? You guessed it..abortion.

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“The thought of bringing another child into this disgusting situation was revolting .” she sought the services of a ‘Terminator ‘ in Umoja Estate, a decision she has never regretted.

But what happens in a situation where the woman is being pressured by her spouse to abort? Sad isn’t it?

*Mary on the other hand disclosed that the idea of a termination came from her husband, a matter that threatened their marriage.

“My husband did not share the same dream as I to have a family and settle down.

The news of my pregnancy did not appeal to him and even threatened to leave me if I  kept the baby.

He did not share my dreams and he did not want to be tied down by a baby even though he was financially stable.”

She continues

“Eventually I gave in to his demands, we met a doctor in town and in just 30 minutes my pregnancy was gone.

I do not think that the marriage will ever be the same again. I no longer view him as the same man I idolized.”

Pregnant woman
Pregnant woman

Patricia has not yet been able to conceive due to complications that arose after the termination.

”The walls of my womb are too thin and I have already suffered two miscarriages. We are seeking professional help but my husband is fully to blame for this.”

For Nancy Kaloki a stay at home mum, constant quarrels due to childlessness made her seek solace on social media.

“My husband used to allege that multiple abortions during my youth were the reason behind my childlessness.

I found comfort on facebook and before long  I started getting a lot of male attention.

I started going for dates with them and before long I was going to their houses for ‘chats’.

Before long Nancy realized she was expectant

“I couldn’t believe it. I had desperately yearned for a baby for years.

But getting what my heart desired turned out to be a huge mistake I opted to abort.’

Even though Nancy’s husband never found out she is still paying for her mistake as she has never been able to conceive yet her biological clock is ticking, at age 35, she is running out of time.

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Women are however not the ones who are to blame as men at times are involved.

*Dr Ken from Eldoret stated that the statistics are true.

‘I AM A DOCTOR FROM ELDORET, WE PASS THROUGH HELL.

YESTERDAY A MARRIED WOMAN AND HER HUSBAND VISITED ME (45 YEARS) SHE HAS 7 KIDS THEY WANTED TO CARRY OUT AN ABORTION ON WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THEIR 8TH CHILD.

SHE WAS FIVE MONTHS PREGNANT. I ASKED THEM WHAT THEY WERE WAITING FOR.

I TOLD THEM TO GO TALK FIRST.

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‘He had tried committing suicide before’ Niece to Likoni Ferry victim reveals

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Carol Paul, niece to the late John Mutinda  said the family was convinced that Mutinda’s decision to die in the ocean was prompted by marital turmoils.

“If only my uncle had a peaceful marriage, he would be alive today,” Carol mourned.

She claimed the uncle had attempted to commit suicide before.

“My uncle almost committed suicide over domestic disagreements but was rescued by a neighbour,”Carol said.

John Mutinda and his kids
John Mutinda and his kids

Widow to the late said John Mutinda sped to his death in Likoni Channel last weekend after receiving a call from his dead father.

Ruth Mueni told journalists that her husband had dreamt that his father called from the grave instructing him to meet him in Mombasa’s central business district.

Her mother in-law however refuted the claims stating that her son died out of depression over constant abuse by his wife.

The mother said her son had been recovering from severe burns after his wife allegedly scalded him with water last month.

Mueni pleaded with the media to leave her alone to mourn the father of her three children.

The late John Mutinda with his wife and kids.

She maintained that her husband hurriedly left their home after the strange dream only to plunge into the Indian Ocean moments later.

Mutinda arrived at the Likoni Channel at 4.20am on Saturday from Kwale side headed to Mombasa island, according to the Kenya Ferry Services.

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He ignored the order to stop and sped past the ticketing booth and plunged into the ocean.

His wife arrived at the scene after learning of the incident and broke down, the ferry management was quoted saying.

The body was pulled out of the channel at 8.40am by the KFS and the Kenya Navy personnel.

The vehicle was retrieved at noon. It had plunged six metres below the surface, KFS managing director Bakari Gowa said.

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A US church depicts Jesus, Mary and Joseph as detained refugees

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Baby Jesus is lying in a manger inside a cage, wrapped in an emergency foil blanket and separated from Mary and Joseph, who are each trapped in cells of their own.

This is the startling nativity scene created by a Protestant church in California to draw attention to the plight of migrants.

“We put them in different cages, as a symbol representing our community, and all immigrants, who are being held in detention centers and need our help,” Genaro Cordoba, co-creator of the installation and spokesman for Claremont United Methodist Church, said.

“Jesus, Joseph, Mary represent all our immigrants, all the refugees, not just in the United States but all over the world,” he said, switching from Spanish to English.

“We have seen how they suffer, and people don’t want them, and (in) our country the same thing,” Cordoba added.

Karen Clark Ristine, senior minister at the church about 48 kilometers east of Los Angeles, explained in a Facebook message accompanying the images that the Holy Family were “the most well-known refugee family in the world.”

“Shortly after the birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary were forced to flee with their young son from Nazareth to Egypt to escape King Herod, a tyrant,” she wrote.

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“They feared persecution and death. What if this family sought refuge in our country today?”

The grim Nativity scene appears to address that question.

Each cell is lined with barbed wire, and both Mary and Joseph are pictured facing the infant, their arms outstretched in hope and desperation.

“Imagine Joseph and Mary separated at the border and Jesus no older than two taken from his mother and placed behind the fences of a Border Patrol detention center as more than 5,500 children have been the past three years,” wrote Ristine.

A Trump administration “zero tolerance” policy launched in 2018 saw thousands of children separated from their parents at the border, a tactic apparently meant to frighten the families, before the government backed down.

Migrants including children were held in caged enclosures.

“Jesus grew up to teach us kindness and mercy and a radical welcome of all people,” said Ristine.

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