Forole my home, my heart ♥

sobal
Posted September 19, 2019

My name is Sobal Yatani. I am a first born and the only girl in a family of four children.I was born and raised in Forole village, marsabit county, Kenya. Being a semi arid area, this part of the world do not receive much rain, and so pastrolism is the only means of survival. We live as one community full of love, laughter and joy. Communism over rules everything and people here treated each other as brothers and sisters.We live as one family.

In 2005, something happened  that changed everything . my dad was killed by unknown gunmen from a neighbouring community. I was too young to understand things but things have been very difficult for us as a family. Like any other adults from my village, my parents never went to school and so they had no formal job. The only means of livelihood my dad left behind was a few heads of goats which was suppose to sustain us. It was tough period for me and my siblings but even tougher for my mother. 

She has to wake up early everyday to take the goats out for grazing, with no lunch till in the evening when the goats come back. I felt that it was too much for her to manage but somehow, she did. Every parents from my village whose kids go to school do the same, they only rest on weekends when the kids are not at school. This kind of life is tough but people from my village are tougher, they endured. 

14 years down the line and the tribal clashes are still on going and it seems the government has given deaf years to the cries of the people from my village. 

Fathers have been killed, mothers and kids have been slaughtered, and there are so many orphans left behind. The widowed mothers are suffering, kids have dropped out of school because their mothers are overwhelmed , the looks on their faces could make you cry even before you hear their side of stories. I feel a lot of pain, but I do not know what to do.

99% of the people from my village have not gone to school and the 1% are student which I am one of them. Most of us are the victims .some lost their dads, brothers, sisters. I feel  helpless on how I can help the mothers from this village to raise their kids, to fight against injustices that is happening to us as human beings, to get the culprits of this massive killings of human being. 

Whoever is reading this, as a mother you know the struggles you go through, you might even know the struggles of single mother,  I am appealing to you to drop your opinions, or any form of assistance you can give to the people of Forole village. What can you recommend me/ any other person who is feeling the pain to do?  How can I as a person help the people of my community come out of this devastating loss? 

Who is willing to give me a shoulder to lean on? 

Your opinions, or any kind of strategies you can propose to help our society is highly appreciated.  Thank you for taking your time to read this. May God bless you all. 

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Jill Langhus
Sep 20
Sep 20

Hi Sobal,

Congrats on your first story. I'm sorry to hear about your dad's traumatic death and also about the clashes in your village. I'm trying to find some other stories that are similar to yours' so you can at least connect with some sisters who can empathize with exactly what you're going through. In the meantime, you can definitely lean on me. I'm hear for you, dear. You can private message me, if you like. I will continue to think about ideas that may help, and get back to you with some sisters that you can also reach out to. Hang in there, dear. You've come to the right place. We sisters have your back!

Sending you loads of love and light, dear.

XX

sobal
Sep 20
Sep 20

Thank you Jill Langhus for your time and encouraging words. Looking for to knowing you more

Jill Langhus
Sep 20
Sep 20

You're very welcome, dear. Fidelis will be reaching out to your shortly and Sabdio will be letting me know if there is anything I can do, too:-)

Hang in there:-)

XX

Lisbeth
Sep 20
Sep 20

Hello Sobal,
You are very welcome to this our wonderful platform. Here it's all about girls and women. And honestly when you log in here you forget about your problems.
The encouraging comments will make you smile even in a crying mood haha.
It's sad with your traumatic story, sorry it has to be you. However take heart and hope the best for your self in the future.
I also think another way is see if you can crowd funding for your people and yourself. Anything is possible.
I look forward to reading more about your stories. Have a great weekend.
Regards

sobal
Sep 20
Sep 20

Thank you Lisbeth, for your encouraging words. This sad story will surely change some day.

Gumato Tinde
Sep 20
Sep 20

Am crying. I feel equally helpless. This just refreshed up all the pains in me. One day, it's gonna come to an end in Lord's name. I suggest you pray so hard about that. Prayers work.I understand your pain siz. We shall come outta this some day. You can lean on me siz. I will always have your back. If we die in the process, it's worth it. We must stand for truth always.

sobal
Sep 20
Sep 20

Thank you so much Gume, we shall figure out what to do, two heads are better than one

Gumato Tinde
Sep 21
Sep 21

Sure they are. Let's do it

Hello, Sobai,

Welcome to World Pulse! This is such a painful story to read. You are so brave and courageous to share this with us.

This is a safe space. I encourage you to keep writing your story and pains here, because every time you do, we will be here to read and encourage you. This is one way to healing by unburdening yourself with such trauma. It's challenging to find immediate solutions to the problems in this world, but because you are here, we can say that you are no longer alone. You can unload your struggles here. I hope you can connect with other sisters, too.

You've made the first step by writing your first story on World Pulse. Please continue to do so. :)

Hugs, our dear brave sister!

sobal
Sep 24
Sep 24

Thank you Karen for taking your time to read my story, it is an encouragement

You're welcome, dear. :) It's my pleasure. Please continue writing.

By the way, there's an ongoing Call for Stories to celebrate the International Day of the Girl on October 11. You might want to submit an entry here: https://www.worldpulse.com/raise-your-voice/girlforce-unscripted-unstopp...

I hope you will. :)

Dawn Arteaga
Sep 26
Sep 26

Sobal, you can lean on my shoulder anytime! Congratulations on fighting to continue for your education. As a mother, I know your mother is fighting alongside you to keep in school and fight for a better future. Sending you strength and peace!