Kenyans on social media are an angry lot. This comes after the story of a helpless young woman who gave birth at Uhuru Park went viral.
On Tuesday, Rebecca Atieno, 20, was forced to give birth at Uhuru Park just moments after being fired from her job.
Rebecca had initially gone to Uhuru Park in search of some peace and quiet so she could think of what to do next following her firing.
Confused and exhausted from the heavy pregnancy, she finally found a spot at the park. Little did she know that was where her child would be born.
The young lady had a lot on her mind. Just the previous night, her landlord had kicked her out of a rundown lodging in Muthurwa where she paid Ksh. 50 per night.
While at the park, Rebecca felt an urgent need to use the washroom, but there was one slight problem. She couldn’t afford to pay 10 shillings in order to gain access to a public toilet. Since she had no other option, Rebecca surrendered her phone to one of the public toilet attendants.
Just a few minutes past 2 p.m, Rebecca’s water broke. All alone, helpless, and in severe pain, she tried supporting herself against a tree in the park hoping that someone would notice her and come to her rescue.
Roughly 30 minutes later, unaided, Rebecca gave birth to a baby girl and wrapped her in her sweater. A good Samaritan who was passing by the park noticed that she had given birth on her own and alerted members of the St John Ambulance who took her to the Kenyatta National Hospital.
The irony is that just two days before Rebecca gave birth, runners participating in the “Beyond Zero Marathon”, whose sole purpose is ensuring mothers like Rebecca gain access to proper, free maternal care, passed by the same park.
This is, therefore, why Kenyans on social media are absolutely fuming over yesterday’s incident.
Here are some of their reactions below.
That woman lost her job because she was pregnant. Kicked out of her room for lack of rent. She was due for delivery. Went to Uhuru Park to gather her thoughts. Labour pains checked in. Denied toilet access because of 10 shillings. Her water broke. Pushed the baby without help.
— Gabriel Oguda (@gabrieloguda) March 14, 2019
Dear Governor @MikeSonko, use of public toilets at Uhuru Park should be FREE! A pregnant woman was denied access to public toilet. Never mind she had been kicked out of a Ksh50 per day Lodge in Muthurwa. @richybosire pic.twitter.com/lGjvvOsPmv
— DD (@Disembe) March 14, 2019
This woman is jobless and homeless. She gave birth at Uhuru Park. Someone convinced you that maternity is free in Kenya. His wife told you #BeyondZero raises money to ensure mother/child safety during and after delivery.
Should I give up on Kenya or Kenyans? pic.twitter.com/PzGnq5nUXz
— THE INCREDIBLY TERRIBLE! (@allen_arnold) March 14, 2019
St John Ambulance helps a street woman to emergently deliver at Uhuru Park. pic.twitter.com/0f37MuS7cd
— St John Ambulance (@StJohnKenya) March 14, 2019
The power of gratitude. Moving story of Atieno, safely delivering baby Hope at Uhuru park due to lack of basic resources but just grateful to deliver a healthy baby! pic.twitter.com/zMnz6A168G
— Limo Boit (@limoboit) March 14, 2019
The case of a woman giving birth in Uhuru Park shows how deep corruption has eaten into Kenya:
1. Running a Marathon aimed at free maternal care yet in hospitals nothng is 'free'
2. Poor living standards
3. billions being laundered weekly ????
It's really sad!!! pic.twitter.com/2AdtaetnT7
— DANTOH (@Dantoh01) March 14, 2019
"Atieno, a woman who lost her Job and kicked out by a landlord, delivers safely in Uhuru Park"
We Just had "Beyond Zero Marathon" the other day.
— Lion Of Mara???????? (@Lion_Of_Mara) March 14, 2019
Kwa maoni yangu, it is now or never, anyone who pays tax we should make one decision “NO PAYING TAX ANYMORE.” Until corruption issue in this country is solve. We can’t be fattening these cows & siphoning oil when women are giving birth at Uhuru Park. #NationalOilUntouchables
— Bobby VJ™ (@Bobbyvj) March 14, 2019
The lady who gave birth in Uhuru Park having been thrown out by her landlord ???????????? is there any info on how she can be helped? Paybill or something?
— Gathoni (@I_am_Gathoni) March 14, 2019
Dear, @EstherPassaris. That lady who delivered in Uhuru Park was taken to hospital and is now due for discharge. She has nowhere to go, as she had been thrown out of her room due to rent arrears. Kindly take up this case as a matter of urgency and do let us know how we can help.
— Gabriel Oguda (@gabrieloguda) March 14, 2019
GOVERNMENT likes to punish poverty in the most brutal way. The woman who delivered at Uhuru Park has paid the price for being pregnant while poor. Meanwhile, there's the Social Assistance Act, publicly funded to fund the poor, orphans, unemployed, elderly. What a travesty!
— Steve Ogolla (@steveogollaw) March 14, 2019
Two photos,different counties,same country.first photo,homeless woman giving birth at Uhuru park.second photo turkana resident starving to death.I'm weeping for my country,Kenya.this is a country where a billion is looted daily.its so sad.@UKenyatta pic.twitter.com/TYFKJCfPXG
— Jeremy (@jeremy_adoyo) March 14, 2019
That woman lost her job because she was pregnant. Kicked out of her room for lack of rent. She was due for delivery. Went to Uhuru Park to gather her thoughts. Labour pains checked in. Denied toilet access because of 10 shillings. Her water broke.she gave birth in the park.
— Hakuna Matata (@Matoke_) March 14, 2019
Kenya has a capital city filled with clinics & hospitals on practically every street corner yet a woman is forced to give birth on the sidewalk in Uhuru Park. We have failed as a nation & more so GoK. Last week ppl ran a marathon to raise money for maternal healthcare, thats free
— Anonymous Kenya (@Anon1KENYA) March 14, 2019
The story of Rebecca who gave birth alone at Uhuru Park, the story of the man who tried sneaked his newborn from KNH, story of the "Ghaii" boy who was chased away from a birthday party, all paint a picture of a struggling population while a few swim in wealth looted from public.
— The Common Man (@Commonmundu) March 14, 2019
How free is Free Maternity Care? If a vulnerable woman is forced to deliver at Uhuru Park something is wrong somewhere.
— Ronnie Vx (@ronniekib) March 14, 2019
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