I Want to Be Free

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By: Likoko Eunice

“Free to reconcile with my past and confidently embrace my future. Free to live.”

Feet2I want to be free.
Free from the biting, pneumonia-inducing cold I brave every night in scanty clothes, to hook the clients.
Free from your stares—the piercing look of disdain—as you drive by or hurriedly walk past me, pretending not to see me.
Free from the terrors that lurk in the shadows every night as I position myself in dark alleys hiding from police, rivals and debtors.
Free from repeated exposure to a plethora of infections.
Free from cruel clients subjecting me to unmentionable torment.
I want to be free.

I want to be free.
Free to be a child and not sell my body to fend for my siblings.
Free to dream and have options, options that allow my dreams to be realized.
Free to raise my children in normalcy and stability.
Free to have a decent, legal, stable and honorable occupation.
Free to tell my family what I do for a living—and not have my life shrouded in secrecy and lies.
I want to be free.

But most of all—I want to be free from the tentacles of prostitution.
Free from the drugs that cloud my judgment every time I try to break free.
Free from the scars that have me in a constant battle of guilt, self-loating and despair; scars that decorate my life like a soldier’s medals.
Free from the pain I have endured and hidden over the years.
Free to reconcile with my past and confidently embrace my future.
Free to live.
Oh, how I long to be free!

Inspired by beautiful ladies who have taught me many life lessons through their sacred stories.

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About Likoko:

991550bc2be967dbc595ddb9f029ae8e-bpfullI am fifth born in a singing family of eight. I am a proud aunt of nine nephews and nieces. I am born and bred in Kenya. Currently, I am a Masters student in Sustainable Development in Uppsala, Sweden. My background is in Social work—I’ve worked in rural and urban Kenya as a Social worker, in gender empowerment and social advocacy. I love working with people.

I am a villager and a globe trotter. Music is important to me-it allows me to express what my heart is saying. I abhor injustice. I love laughter and joy—I hate unresolved issues. I love new experiences, excitement and adventure. I want to visit all the 54 African countries in my lifetime.

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Image credit: Katie Richardson

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