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“I’m Alive Because of my Daughters.” Rosemary Odinga Opens Up on Blindness



Rosemary Odinga, daughter of AU envoy Raila Odinga has opened up about her partial blindness, revealing that she felt hopeless at one time and almost gave up.

In a candid interview on Citizen TV on Sunday night, Rosemary said that she could cry all the time during the early stages of blindness.

“The transition was very challenging…I am used to living a certain lifestyle where I am very independent and making my own choices in life then suddenly I was not able to do that…,” she said.

“I am not able to choose the clothes I want to wear, not able to drive, go to the store or even cook…I felt hopeless at some point but I am lucky that I have a support system.”

Rosemary added that the support from her two daughters, family, and friends helped her overcome the fear that nearly weighed her down.

“I draw strength from my daughters… because of them, I’m alive. I said to myself that if I give up now, what am I teaching them?” she posed.

“Am I teaching them that whenever you have a hiccup in life to give up?’ And I said ‘no! I have to continue and try and be successful.”

On adapting to her new life, Rosemary revealed that she has now learned how to find her way around the house and choose her own clothes.

“I do not really see with my left eye…my right eye vision is foggy; it’s like looking through a glass with water in it…I can see things that are very close to me but I cannot see things that are below or far away from me,” she said.

But with all this, Rosemary did not rule out the possibility of making a comeback into elective politics.

“There are so many examples in the world of persons with disability who are able to provide leadership to the community and I’ll say what I’ve always said that if God gives me an opportunity, and people are willing to support me, then I’ll not shy away from a leadership position,” she said.

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