A mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible and she is the one who can take everyone’s place and no one else can take their place – Marion Garretty and Cardinal Mermillod.
The sentence clearly describes a woman from Nairobi who had embarked on a journey to find her son who disappeared three years ago – only to find it on the streets.
She found her long-lost son Tuesday February 23 in the streets of Nairobi, gone mad. The son, according to her, was a student at a university in the capital.
In a video seen by TBEN.co.ke, the unidentified mother was overcome with emotions after reuniting with her son who appeared to be suffering from mental illness – and wandering the streets of Nairobi.
Boda boda runners help a mother locate her mentally ill son in Nairobi on Tuesday. February 23, 2021, three years after his disappearance
The young man was dressed in ragged clothes – and looked emaciated after feeding on the garbage.
The woman surprised passers-by when she approached the young man said to be her son – and began to feed him – and straighten his torn clothes.
She hugged him, hugged him in her chest and burst into tears.
“My son. He’s my son, ”she told no one in particular. The incident took place outside the Nairobi Railways Club.
Dressed in a white blouse and brown skirt, and carrying a brown handbag, the emotional mother stripped off her son’s ragged clothes and dressed him in a clean T-shirt. She also gave him a packet of milk to quench his thirst.
The son, however, seemed to have trouble recognizing his mother as he tried to break free from her embrace.
The boda boda runners who had gathered at the scene held him back, before calming him down.
She tried to remind him – that she was his mother in an attempt to jog his memory.
“Hawa hawajui mambo yao hawa … niachilieni (This crowd doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Let me go), ”the young man said, pushing his mother away.
Families on the streets of Nairobi face a myriad of problems, from insecurity to lack of food, shelter and even clothing. The government has made efforts to reduce the number of street families especially in the capital.
Mentally ill mother and son reunite after three years in Nairobi on Tuesday 23 February 2021
See the video