A teenager from Busia by the name of Francisca Achieng’, who moved First Lady Margaret Kenyatta to tears with her touching poem about living with HIV/AIDS, has died.
She succumbed to the virus one week after her performance when Mrs Kenyatta visited Busia County for the Zero Campaign tour to deliver a mobile clinic.
This was on June 9, where the 18-year-old Achieng recited the poem that moved the crowd but sadly, Achieng’ has rested before performing at State House as promised by the First Lady.
Part of the gripping poem read: “My grave is your grave, my burial is also yours. Live in my blood comfortably but let’s respect one another.”
The director of a local NGO Mary Makokha, where Achieng’ worked for two years, said her death was premature and a big blow for them.
“We are shocked by her demise. We had a lot in store for her. When she joined this organisation, she had been greatly stigmatised. We counselled her and she began treatment. She became strong, confident and this was seen on Thursday when she entertained the First Lady,” said Makokha.
The First Lady eulogised Achieng’, saying her message of hope moved her.
The First Lady said the war against the disease will not be over until the country realises zero new infections, zero HIV-related deaths and zero stigma against HIV-positive people.