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JANE MUKAMI: MY BROTHER TOOK HIS LIFE BECAUSE THE US SYSTEM DIDN’T SEE ANYTHING ‘DRASTIC’
Grieving fitness guru Jane Mukami has penned an emotional eulogy of her younger brother Stephen who committed suicide in the United States.
In a lengthy Facebook post, Ms Mukami lamented the death of his brother, who lived in the US, blaming it on the American authorities for failing to intervene.
Ms Mukami also recounted the numerous occasions when her brother, an ex-military officer in the US, texted her about killing himself leading their family to believe that he was suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Below is the post:
My heart bleeds with sadness, but I’m more angry than sad. My brother committed suicide a few hours ago…he was 28 years old Ex-US military. I’m angry because ever since we discovered he had possible ptsd/psychological issues we reached out on numerous occasions to the VA, Cobb County police, Cobb County Court system, The Kenyan Embassy in DC, The US Embassy in Nairobi…everyone we possibly could asking for help. We needed their help because Stephen cut the family off the last 12 months and refused to communicate with us…he lived in total isolation. He constantly texted about killing himself, I showed these texts to the police as i begged them to check him into rehab or do anything that would help get him back on track…all I got back was
“Sorry ma’am unless he does something drastic, there is nothing we can do”
“He is an adult we cannot force him”
“Unless he takes himself to get help we cannot be of help”
1 thing i know for sure is that had we found a way of getting my brother back to Kenya, he would still be alive. So now I ask America, Was him committing suicide drastic enough for you? I no longer have a brother, mom Mary Kingatua and Eddy no longer have a son, and all because laws + the system didn’t ‘allow’ us to step in and help. Rest In Peace Mitu…I’m sorry we failed you.
Source: Nairobi News, Facebook