I started noticing chances when the child joined kindergarten school, I was supposed to take the child to wake up early by 5 am wash the house, prepared the kid breakfast and finally take her to school. On returning I was given more work to do, day by day the lady kept on increasing the work load until finally I was like the servant of the house.
I would wake up at 5 wash the house , utensils , make breakfast , clean the compound , wash their clothes , cook lunch, pick the child up from school, go to the market to buy groceries , prepare super , wash the kid , serve the dinner and finally was the dishes in that sequence, by the time I finish it would be late at night. As a child I was not even having time to pray like other children neither was I able to get sufficient sleep.
I could not understand why I was not going to school and I would see children of my age were going to school, one day I asked her why and she told me I have not reached the age of going to school. She would tell me that I have to concentrate with house help so that she would save money meant employ a house girl. I took this with a very innocent heart and looked forward for that day I would join school like other children.
By the time I was eight years I was doing all the housework while they relaxed in living room enjoying their favourite TV programmes. I was not supposed to join the at any cost. I started realizing that I was not treated the same with my sister (their small kids). Everything started going from bad to worse, I developed unbearable back pain which restricted me from finishing all the duties assigned. A time when I was not able to cook food due to ill health that night I would sleep empty stomach. When the problem persisted, I was denied all basic need, she took the beddings and I was forced to sleep on the floor with only a blanket to cover myself. this culminated to another problem to me, I developed breathing problem and pain in my chest. When the situation became worse she took me to a government hospital where I was diagnosed with acute pneumonia.
I was hospitalised for one month and the worse thing was that she never visited me in the hospital. Time came when I was to be discharged from the hospital but there was a problem. No one was there to settle my bills. I was kept hostage in the hospital for 3 months until a good Samaritan cleared my bill. I was at this time I realised that she did not leave any contact in the hospital and worse she had given a wrong name.
I was official set free and since I was a big girl I could remember where we were staying. I went by foot to the house which took me 1 hour or so and upon my arrival I was surprised that my ”mother” had relocated to unknown place. I was left in total darkness. I requested my neighbour to host me as I try to located my mother but she declined clamming that my mother was very hostile to other tenant and therefore she was afraid in case she get to know I was staying in her house. At that moment I realised that I had no place called home.
In Maua Meru, a girl child have no values according to the traditions and culture. The economic activities in Maua is purely growing khat (miraa or Qat) which is consumed locally and some exported to Somali land, and other county. It is tree that grows naturally up to seven meters with a vertical growth of like 6 meters. Due to this plan most of the people are uneducated. boys are used to climb up the tree to harvest new shoot and are paid 500ksh a day this make them to prefer doing this kind of job rather than going to school. For mothers and girls are exposed to most challenging situation since after the father make sales he would move to town and only came back when the next harvest is due or when he has exhausted the cash. While all this is happening the rest of the family is left with no cash to cater for their daily meals and other essential basic need. Due to this economic hardship for girl child, most are forced by circumstances to move to Maua town for prostitution. The vicious circle continues as it gives reason why men flock Maua town after the sale.