G.N* is a 60 year old man who has three children from three different relationships. He had been working with the 82 air force until 1982 when his dreams were shattered after the attempted coup. He lost his job having been accused of participating in the attempted coup. He was imprisoned at Naivasha Maximum prison and tortured, later released and allowed to go back home.
Upon release, he worked briefly with a shoe Company in Nairobi but because he had become an alcoholic, he lost his job. He left Nairobi and went to the village. In the village, he continued to drink and this cost him his marriage. He later got actively involved in church. This is when he was introduced to IMLU. At the time of psychotherapy, he had several issues. These included physical symptoms that needed medical attention, family wrangles, anxiety, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The client’s psychological issues were triggered by the fact that he had been tortured, lost his job, could not support his family financially and his first wife had left him because he had become an alcoholic in an effort to forget his frustrations.
He disclosed that he was actively involved in community development projects, where he was a member of several boards in the community/schools and could easily access the Governor who was his neighbour and former school mate. Counselling enabled him to manage stress, identify the triggers/stressors and how to manage them. He was taught relaxation exercises which he practiced and he admitted that they were helpful in relieving the stress.
Thankfully, he had good support systems and networks one of which was being a member of poultry development project. In the process he accessed 50 chicks which he was taking care of and once they started laying eggs would be an economic asset. He had earlier on approached the Kakamega County Governor for support where he was given money to buy a new power saw which replaced the old broken. This helped him to begin felling trees for timber. Unfortunately he did not have capital for the timber business which he desired to begin, to supplement his income from the poultry project.
After assessment by an IMLU network doctor, G.N needed some medical attention too. With IMLU’s help, he was treated at Avenue hospital which boosted his self-esteem tremendously. He was actively involved in church, determined and had faith to keep pursuing his dreams of improving himself economically. Through the support he received through IMLU’s counsellor, at the time of termination of his counselling sessions, the anxiety, depression and PTSD symptoms had reduced. He was feeling much better than he did when the sessions started and was re-energized to continue living a full life.
He applied for a loan at the County in order to boost his poultry farming where the Governor gave him Kshs 10,000.00 to buy trees that he could fell for the timber business. Currently he is rearing 50 more chicks.
His is a case of renewed strength and hope in life. Before getting the support from IMLU, G.N had lost hope in life and had sadly never had an opportunity to talk about the trauma and torture he underwent many years ago. The opportunity to meet with his counsellor to process all that, has given him a new lease of life.
He is grateful and says that finally…he can live again thanks to IMLU!