By Dan Engoc
Its been 16ys now since I came to realise I was born HIV positive. Though it wasn’t that easy to find out, it comes through torture and mercies. The know-how started after our village was raided with jiggers for so long that led us to trend nationwide even leading to receiving donations from NGO’s and the government during that time. We lived in the countryside very much interior around Kakamega forest in a village called itumbu. It was very remotely where no vehicle nor motorcycle was seen, the only machine that used diesel in that area was a posho mill. We used bulls as a carrier service and bicycle for
As the NGO’s were bringing their donations back in 2004 the village at this time experienced jiggers infection, which had gone wild. This state led to more whites land in the village to help eradicate this jiggers. They really worked hard hand in hand with the health ministry to help regain our freedom.
It took 4yrs before new dawn reappeared when our rescue came. When the whites reached our house to terminate the jiggers as their core aim in the village, Wolololo mama! They encountered this “kungunis” bedbugs.
They really gave them hard time more so since they got light skin you can imagine a bedbug on such a skin… They felt the pinch an African boy I had been going through all my lifetime since I was 13month until they couldn’t continue with their schedule and promised to come
They inspected as and found that we were in severe pain and torture. They showed their mercies to me as the last born and took me to the general hospital for a check-up. There they found I had not enough blood in my system and my health was very poor that I needed close attention.
I required some extra blood in my system, so someone had to donate his/her blood for me. Since for one to donate, he has to certify some conditions… None of my siblings qualified since we never had weight, none of us looked healthier and again Dad wasn’t near so only mum was the reamaining hope. It all went up well and she donated 1part that I was to be filled up with. Again a rule all blood received Has to be screened and results brought before its used. Mums blood passed through all that.
Alas! Hey, boy, your mum’s blood aint safe for you… We can’t help if u have no other
person to donate you with blood you will go back to your filthy nature.” this how african docs could say out of sympathy anyway This was a shock to the family and it sent an alarm to all siblings to be tested….. Out of 14 why only me God! Why are we lastborns never have lack?
I was the only kid found positive like mum. I really asked
Since then we have been listening that your dad nowadays drinks
The whites who took me to the hospital Wacha mzungu