I grew up with my grandma because my mother and father separated when I was about two months old. I grew up without a close relationship with my mom up till today. I was just with my grandma and my dad. Things changed when I was in class 6, and my dad became abusive and would beat me when he came home drunk. Life wasn’t easy after that. The year I found out I was HIV positive in Form One was the same year my dad sexually violated me. I don’t know why he did that; he was in a lot of pain while I was growing up. I’m J.K, an 18-year-old girl from Kenya, and this is my story.
Category: Mental Health
YOUNG VOICES ALOud n’ Allowed: M’s Story
When I was 16, I started showing symptoms of Tuberculosis. When we went to the hospital to run some tests, we discovered I had both TB and HIV. It hurt. My first reaction was to cry. And the first question I asked the doctor was, “What will others say of me? Where am I going to say I got this?”
I have Epilepsy, but it is not my social identity.
Cameroon has one of the highest prevalence of Epilepsy in the World. But as Dr Mundih Noelar shares her experience, the social stigma associated with the disease is an even greater threat to People with Epilepsy than the disease itself. And if you are a woman, it's just a multiplier effect.
The many shades of Violence against women
Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today and it remains largely unreported. Every 25th of November, since the year 2000, we celebrate international day of elimination of violence against Women. The theme for this year is "Orange the world: Generation equality stands against rape". Women, Men, Boys and Girls think about it.
ABCs of Depression
What is depression? Medically, depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It is also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression (big book 😁) . It affects 3 major parts: feelings, thoughts and behavior. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You … Continue reading ABCs of Depression