Lockdown: Poor widow cooks rocks to trick her 8 children into hoping that food will be ready soon

A poor widow with 8 children and has nothing to feed them was forced to boil stones to trick her children into having some hope that they’ll soon eat.

The widow who has been identified as Peninah Bahti Kitsao lives in Mombasa, Kenya. She worked as a local laundrywoman before the lockdown.

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Unfortunately, the Coronavirus outbreak has dwindled her work drastically making it unable for her to raise funds to feed her children.

On Tuesday, April 28, as she watched her children cry due to hunger, she was forced to boil stones to deceive them into thinking that food was on the way. She hoped that they would fall asleep while waiting for the food.

However, the children did not sleep off due to the excessive hunger and a neighbor who heard them crying went over to see what was going on.

According to the neighbour, Prisca Nyakaragio Momanyi, she heard the children’s lamentations and rushed to find out what was going on, only to find that their mother had boiled stones.

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Prisca then shared her neighbour’s story and it gained people’s attention both locally and internationally.

She was later interview by Kenya’s NTV and that led to some donations.

The widow said she could not believe people would come to her rescue the way they did, calling everything a big miracle.


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