Complete turnaround for mother who ‘sold baby for KSh20,000’

Faiza Wanjiru and her 19-years-old son  Masoud Kimani. Wanjiru has been stuggling with drug abuse and sold her son immediately after birth. Picture: Grace Mwangi
Faiza Wanjiru and her 19-years-old son Masoud Kimani. Wanjiru has been stuggling with drug abuse and sold her son immediately after birth. Picture: Grace Mwangi

She started drinking alcohol at a very tender age. Her family background was shaky and she opted to find solace in friends who introduced her to drugs.

Her parents separated when she was four years of age and an elder brother took her in and educated her up to class eight.

After completing primary education, Faiza Wanjiru went to look for her mother hoping she would take her to secondary school, but instead she thrashed her hopes with bitter words in tow.

With no one else to turn to, Wanjiru went out to look for help by doing casual jobs to earn a living and here she fell in the hands of bad company which lured her into alcohol.

More often she was engaged in criminal activities but was lucky to escape arrest by police officers. At the age of 14, she became pregnant, but could not dare go back home.

She moved from Murang’a to Kiambu and here she continued drinking alcohol despite her condition. Her new friends in Kiambu also introduced her to bhang. Her addiction became too much that she would take anything just to quench her thirst.

Few months to her delivery she was introduce to a woman who proposed she sells  baby once it was born. They agreed the sale would be KSh20,000 on cash terms. The money would help Wanjiru buy alcohol and other drugs she was using.

“I was in dire need of money to buy drugs so I opted to sell my baby to get the cash,” she says adding that she did not have time to take care of the baby because she was too much into drinking.

Wanjiru got an initial deposit of KSh10,000 and after delivering the baby she gave him away. She was however arrested two days later and taken to Lang’ata Women Prison and sentenced to five years imprisonment.

“Up to date I cannot tell who set me up to the police because the deal had been done with utmost secrecy,” she says.

The baby who Wanjiru thought she was selling was given to her mother who is taking care of him even though she thought he was with the one who bought him.

Wanjiru was released two years later following a presidential amnesty but instead of going home she went to Mathare  slums where she became a drug peddler.

“While in prison I was introduced to hard drugs. I started using and selling them but after sometime I quit the business,” she says.

She came back home and found her son with the grandmother but could not nurture him as she was always drunk.

Her freedom was short lived as she was jailed again for three years after she was involved in a fight with other people.

After being released, she went back to drinking and completely forgot about her son and other family members.

“I cut off all the links I had with my family because I did not want them to come looking for me” she says.

Her life took a new turn when she was taken to the rehabilitation centre which had been sponsored by the county government of Murang’a in 2015. She stayed here for four months and was ready to start a new start when she got out.

It’s after that rehabilitation that Wanjiru realised the true meaning of being a parent and how precious her child was.

It took a lot of time and effort to bond with her son who is now a Form Four student at a school in Murang’a.

“My son did not want to be associated with me because I was a drunkard. He did not like people seeing us together,” she recalls.  “I am lucky to be alive because all the friends I  used to drink with are all dead. To me this is a miracle,” she says.

Nineteen year old Masoud Kimani says he knew of his mother’s existence but could not tell of her whereabouts.

“I felt so sad to see other children with their mums and wished mine could be with me,” he said.

He says the best decision his mother made was to go to the rehabilitation centre. He would visit her frequently and put the memories down in his diary.

Kimani has his eyes set on a career in aeronautical engineering.  He says being his mother’s only child, he would like to give her the best life.

“I love my mother despite all that she has been through. We have become the best of friends,” he says.

Wanjiru is also trying to make her life better and is currently a student at Gaitega Polytechnic where she is studying hair dressing and beauty. She is ready to start a new life and give the best to her son.

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