A 20-year-old woman has given birth at Nairobi’s Uhuru Park a day after her landlord kicked her out for failing to pay Sh50 at a rundown lodging in Muthurwa.
Rebecca Atieno went to the park, where only she could find a moment’s solace.
As she was still at the park Atieno felt pressed for long call but couldn’t afford to pay for Sh10 that public toilets charge.
“I did not have Sh10 and my phone was switched off, the attendant forced me to surrender the handset so she could let me use the facility,” said Atieno.
At 2pm, labour pains begun, and with no money and phone, she could not do anything. She tried to stand against a tree near her; there was no one in sight to come to her rescue.
30 minutes later, she delivered a baby girl, on her own and wrapped her with her sweater. She named her Hope.
She had gone twice for antenatal checks at Bahati Hospital in Nairobi.
Aid workers at Kenyatta National Hospital took her after they were alerted by a Good Samaritan who found she had delivered unassisted.
Atieno received a donation of Maasai blanket and a single pack of diapers.
“I marveled at my newborn daughter’s perfect fingers and toes. I felt lucky, as all new parents do, but also because I had somehow miraculously managed to do this all on my own,” said Atieno.
This took place moments after being fired from her hotel job on Tuesday.
“My boss claimed that I was too slow to work at such a place, I felt like she was forcing me to leave the job. I didn’t have anywhere else to go,” said Atieno.
For the time being, without a job or cash to support her kid, the future remains dubious.
She further said that since she separated from her husband in Kisumu, her life has been filled with hard challenges.
Without any relatives in Nairobi, Atieno needs to now battle for herself and the child. She plans to find a new line of work soon to help her raise her dear baby.