Joram Kimani, a boda boda rider, has endured so much pain for months now and at one point contemplated suicide.
Kimani’s life has been hell and a mess since his wife took off, leaving behind their baby.
When the woman left, the boda boda operator, who lives in a Nairobi slum, was confused and did not know what to do.
“I tried to phone my wife, but she was not picking up my calls,” he told Afrimax English.
Firstly, he had to be with his son, and secondly, he had to work.
He fingered out how to manoeuvre and there were only two options: Either leave the little boy in his dilapidated kabati house or carry him to work. He opted for the latter.
Every morning, Kimani feeds the baby and changes his diapers before putting him in his jacket. He zips up the jacket partially to ensure his baby is breathing and people do not notice what he is carrying.
“I love my son that’s why I cannot abandon him. However, my heart is bleeding. This suffering is just too much,” he said.
He explained that he had been warned against marrying the mother of his son but did not listen. However, he is ready to welcome her back.
“People told me she sleeps with different men, but I loved her with everything in me. Wherever she is, I wish she could come back to take care of our son as I work.”
The single father is now appealing to well-wishers to come to his aid as the money he gets is not enough to rent a good house and buy food. He accused some people posing as well-wishers of highlighting his plight, but after receiving money they vanish.
“When it is raining, it is better to be outside because the roof of my house leaks, and water is everywhere.”
His full story is on Afrimax English Facebook page and YouTube channel.