Consolation in East Africa

St. Irenaeus left us with beautiful words “the Glory of God is a human being fully alive.” These words were also vivid in the 2009 Instrumentum Laboris of the Synod for Africa in Rome.

Seen among the vast numbers of the elect are the infirm, the poor, the enslaved, widows, foreigners, migrants and persons on the periphery of African society. They are the very recipients of God’s preferential love, so much so that the Lord Jesus Identifies himself with them: “as you did it to the least of these my brethren, you did it to me (Mt. 25:40).

So at last here comes the Consolation

This is exactly our purpose in creating this blog, to promote God’s unconditional and preferential love to the poor and those who have been subjected to subhuman conditions. The focus of this blog is mainly to educate various actors assisting trafficked victims,  women and children, and all working to liberate people from the burden of both rural and urban poverty in East Africa.

This blog has been inspired by the joint study by Mensenmet een Missie (MM) and Koinonia Advisory Research and Development Service (KARDS-known as 2009 MM-KARDS Study) that examined “Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Women and Children in East Africa“. It is sponsored by KARDS. KARDS is a member of the Kenya Peace Network (KPN) a movement that exists to promote a just and peaceful Kenya. This blog too is a contribution to the KPN work.

The editors invites reflections from East Africa on development, peace and reconciliation with a specific emphasis on gender.

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  1. sammy mwangi
    Nov 15, 2010 @ 15:21:02


    Ex-prostitute who helps women quit
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    MACHARIA MWANGI | NATION Quitting prostitution is an entirely personal decision. I help women make informed choices, Ms Lucy Wambui Kiarie said in Naivasha during an interview.

    Quitting prostitution is an entirely personal decision. I help women make informed choices, Ms Lucy Her prostitute turned missionary summaries the life of Lucy Wambui Kiarie.

    Her mission: to help women quit what is considered the world’s oldest profession and turn their lives around.

    At 50, Ms Kiarie is educating prostitutes on how to reduce HIV infections and show them they have the option to turn their backs on the trade.

    As a former prostitute, Ms Kiarie is a peer educator in Naivasha’s red light district.

    “Accept and love yourself first,” she urges young girls, discouraging them from giving in to small treats that may later entice them to prostitution.

    She points out that in prostitution, drug and substance abuse go hand in hand and are used as a means to escape from reality.

    Today, Ms Kiarie is a reformed woman who has turned her life around, and her sole goal is to educate the women to quit or at the very least, to protect themselves from HIV infection.

    “Quitting prostitution is an entirely personal decision. I help women make informed choices,” she says, “so they can abandon the risky life on the streets.”

    The journey to where she is now has been long. Born of a single mother and the eldest in a family of six, Ms Kiarie could not complete her primary school education.

    “I was in school until Standard Six when I quit due to family problems,” she says.

    At an early age, she ran away from home and got married to a man she thought loved her. “But he constantly beat me up, and I miscarried. I was hospitalised but he did not bother to come and see me,” she said in an interview in Naivasha last week.

    Despite the beatings, she persevered and had four children, but when the assaults became unbearable, she left and returned home. There she found little solace and was soon kicked out.

    Ms Kiarie tried odd jobs and became a househelp in Limuru, but her employer assaulted her sexually for close to two years. She kept quiet “for fear of losing my job”.

    She then drifted into prostitution to make ends meet. When she tired of it, she joined Life Bloom International — an NGO that trains prostitutes on HIV peer education — and graduated in April this year. Today she works as a micro-finance officer in Karagita, Naivasha. After work, she visits bars and the Naivasha streets to talk to young women and encourages them to use condoms and get tested.

    “On Monday, I talk to the young girls from 12 years and on Fridays I talk to single mothers who are prostitutes,” she said.

    She urges prostitutes to quit, obtain alternative employment, and never to consider violence “normal” or “part of the job”.
    When she quit prostitution close to five years ago, she sought forgiveness from her four children. “It was not easy, but it was worth it,” she concludes.



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