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Life Threw Me Lemons; Lived on The Streets, Had Life Threatening Asthma and Degenerative Eye Problem But Now I am Having My Lemonade – Benson Kiragu

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“My life has been a roller coaster of unforeseen and unprecedented events, but I am proud of whom I have become.” Benson Kiragu outlines as he begins to narrate his story.
I was raised by my grandparents with my two siblings in Uasin Gishu county, Kenya. The year of my birth is unknown to me, but I settled for 1985 when I was applying for a birth certificate.
The year 1992 marked the beginning of a dark phase in my life. The tribal clashes associated with the general election rocked my life and that of my family. Despite us having a home my grandparents were squatters. When the clashes begun our home was torched and we had to run for our lives. 

I remember hiding in a trench with my dear aunt as ragging youth ran past us with bow, arrows and machetes. This was very terrifying. I thought we could escape the attack, but fate was not on our side. A group of the attackers spotted us. As I tried to scream for help, they sexually assaulted my aunt despite her pleading that she was pregnant. …

Truth About Being a Young Adolescent

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I am an angry and mad teenager. I believe I have a right to be angry and annoyed. Angry at everyone in my space. This includes me. I know being a teenager is being between the ages of 13 to 18. That it is supposed to be exciting and fun at the same time. 
It is a stage of me turning into an adult where I’m expected to make mature decisions that will determine whether my future is bright or doomed. Why am I angry again? I’m angry because I have a million things crisscrossing my small mind but with a few options of who to turn to that wouldn’t judge me. The adults are supposed to understand me. My peers are supposed to love and accept me and I am expected to fully understand myself. And yet none of these people understand me. I don’t even understand me. So I’m mad!
Let me tell you what being a teenager is all about. Read:Vulnerability is all about being human.
Being a teenager at home. I want my parents to stop with the many warnings. They need to stop telling me that they are always right…