The sad story of two blind brothers


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Brothers Richard Njoroge Mugi and James Karimbiru Mugi are blind. Born and raised in Kiserian, Kajiado County, they have gone through numerous challenges in life but they remain a testimony that disability is not inability. They shared their individual experiences with FAITH MURIGU.

On the day of this interview, James Karimbiru Mugi called me as soon as he alighted at the nearest bus stop to our offices as I had instructed him on phone. I went to pick him up together with his brother, Richard Njoroge Mugi. Though I knew James was blind, I was shocked to find his brother was also partially blind but acted as his brother’s helper. Holding a long white cane in one hand and his brother’s hand in the other, Richard helped his brother along as we walked the short distance to our offices. I found this quite intriguing. It was like the blind leading the blind and couldn’t wait to settle down and hear their story.


Lost one eye as a child and partial vision in the other

Twenty-nine-year-old Richard Njoroge Mugi was born a healthy boy, full of life, playful and very bright. The third born of five siblings, Richard recalls his growing up years being fun as he always had company to play with. Little did he know this was not going to last. He developed some pain in his left eye after his first birthday and his mother took him to a hospital in Nairobi where he was diagnosed with cataract, a clouding of the lens inside the eye that leads to…

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