This is the time to look into one’s soul and help the people when in need. This woman is in need in order to see through her children in this world full of problems.
People of good heart should assist so that this children can education. They are the leaders of tomorrow. It is not the children’s fault that they come to this world.
Ms Gladys Bulinya at home with five of her six sets of twins. She has faced rejection many times by her relatives, who fear her twins will bring curses to the family. Photo/COURTESY/BBC
This touchy story is worth spreading to reach all goodhearted people who may choose to help. This story written by ” MULIRO TELEWA, BBC News”, and “Posted Thursday, January 27 2011 at 21:18″ in the Daily Nation of Kenya has touched many people now as shown by the comments at the end of the story, and this shows how people love to care for those in need.
#Submitted by bystander
Posted januar 29, 2011 11:13 AM
Nation newspaper ,some of us in diaspora are too willing to help, atleast feed the kids even for a day. Gives a credible bank account tuwasaidie ndungu zetu tafadhali.
Submitted by gumo
Posted januar 29, 2011 10:45 AM
Any expert out there who can explain this phenomenon of “twining” with every pregnancy ?
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted januar 29, 2011 09:33 AM
Gladys is a strong woman and i admire her courage. I would like to know how she and her children can be helped.
Submitted by karibu2009
Posted januar 29, 2011 06:59 AM
Not a “curse”, no not a curse, might be a big inconvinience for the time being but not a curse.
Submitted by hussein296
Posted januar 29, 2011 05:31 AM
MULIRO TELEWA can you please locate these woman details so we can send he money or any help…mpesa or anything really…get you acts together these is about primitive tribe, I think having children is a blessing an for a change The catholic church is right…Help he instead of just blaming anyone
Submitted by Divaof3
Posted januar 29, 2011 04:50 AM
Like some of the readers in here, i am a mother of 3 beautiful children. who are such a blessing to us. It’s indeed hard to understand how one would say that a child is curse, does is say anywhere in the bible that having twins is bringing a curse? Pole sana dada Gladys, i pray that those kids grow up to be God fearing people and that they take care of their mama. I pledge to join others in the cause of helping Gladys in some way. Nation please, post the details on how we can reach her.
Submitted by kiria_wara
Posted januar 29, 2011 03:55 AM
Gladys, and moreso her innocent children deserve a helping hand to go through school and prove her blessings are not a curse. Since politicians are too busy saving their own to help, let me chip in. A fund is called for, and this good writer should lead us where to send our help. Kenyans, pain of one is pain of all, let’s all chip in.
Submitted by gibkim
Posted januar 29, 2011 03:33 AM
Some customs leaves alot to be desired.The Catholic church is not to be blamed in any way.There are big families with more than a dozen of kids n not catholics.Lets blame it on our ignorance.”The word of God will dwell in people`s hearts”,Jeremiah prophesied.Not catholic,maranatha,finger of God or whatever…
Submitted by werssylwer
Posted januar 29, 2011 02:49 AM
Didnt know that Bukusu land extends to the shores of Lake Victoria ! When did this happen? Or did she migrate ? Or does the mzee she was foced to marry come from the lake? Something is not adding up here. Just read @siranjofu’s comment.
Submitted by minjiremaina
Posted januar 29, 2011 02:43 AM
Too sad that such is happening to Gladys and this innocent kids.Do they really deserve this surely? are children not gift from GOD?Can somebody,a local area councillor, chief or a church Pastor do something about it?Duncan should not be left to take up the responsibility of feeding his other siblings at this tender age just because he was born a twin.when will we ever shun this kind of mentality?How is it bad omen for a kid who is born a twin and why should he be left suffering?Good samaritan , please do something.
Submitted by whommy
Posted januar 29, 2011 02:16 AM
Can you just stop having more kids! Look at the kids eye and ask yourself what kind of life you are able to give them. Jeez, be a responsible citizens
Submitted by jiwadove
Posted januar 29, 2011 01:52 AM
The problem with Africa is ignorance. How ignorant is a human who claims that having twins is a curse? This Gladys woman does not need help from online bloggers, she need to move to central Kenya and contact that Mukurweini guy who is paying women to have children. Tough times call for tough measures. ” My children are your children” That is what i would tell those who are paying women to have children. After all, her community has deserted her. It is time to seek refuge elsewhere.
Submitted by kusimbwa
Posted januar 29, 2011 01:10 AM
The theme of this article has nothing to do with culture or religion. The write was only attempting to highlight Glady`s predicament. What is expected from the readers is empathy and not venom for her ignorance for birth control. Once again I move that someone with empathy opens an account for Gladys and share the bank information with the public. We who empathize will generously contribute towards the up keep of these beautiful family.
Submitted by njeuh
Posted januar 29, 2011 12:46 AM
It is very unfortunate that acts of God in procreation are treated as curses subjecting mothers and their twin children in unnecessary troubles. Such behavior are a big shame in the 21st century where people are expected to differentiate blessings from curses. However the mother should have known better to at least use contraceptives with permission from the priest.
Submitted by wakuria
Posted januar 29, 2011 12:44 AM
IGNORANCE is as deadly as AIDS. The men should be made to take some financial responsibilty for their children. Community leaders should educate their subjects to combat the superstition. Finally the church will not help raise your children. Use the brains that God gave you and get some birth control. You are the one that will be judged, after all.
Submitted by ogwilo
Posted januar 29, 2011 12:40 AM
The good thing is that hers is probably nature;s work (God). She did not or was not loaded with birth pills and neither was she go through invitro fertilization to get multiple births. Let Kenyans come out in numbers to assist her even built her a descent house where she can raise these innocent babies.
Submitted by bendadi
Posted januar 28, 2011 11:58 PM
Author please give some contact. These children are God’s children. In developed places this woman would have been in records.
Submitted by muthuriwamwangi
Posted januar 28, 2011 11:30 PM
Please,give us some details as to how we can help these lovely Kenyan children to live a descent life and attend school. And to the mum:next time you spread,please realize you are not some kind of butter on a loaf of bread. Do the best you can to assure those little Angels get plenty of love. That’s all you can do sister-good luck
Submitted by bjim05
Posted januar 28, 2011 10:48 PM
Mama,give them to me.
Submitted by bmukongo
Posted januar 28, 2011 10:22 PM
This is very sad indeed. When will people know that children are God’s blessings? Please supply us with contacts of Mrs. Bulinya so that we can help her.
Submitted by TomatoQueen
Posted januar 28, 2011 10:02 PM
Are these the ‘African’ traditions that people keep imposing on homosexuals? Shame.
Submitted by WN2007
Posted januar 28, 2011 09:53 PM
You mean we still have such primitive communities that see this or Albinos or more girls etc as a curse? How sad and even more sad to the Catholic church that preaches water and drinks wine. John Cardinal Njue and his brothers in the Vatican should take full responsiblity of ensuring all these kids are educated! And Gladys, when God said we go out and multiply, he did not mean it literally as many have misinterpreted!
Submitted by Henry4
Posted januar 28, 2011 09:06 PM
Is there any other woman out there with six sets of twins? Right!. Now before we curse this mother of 12, how I wish the majority of us (some 99%) who are born solo would wish of a twin, or wish for a February 29th Birthday. Mundane and bygone cultural beliefs are what hold this country back and frankly its never morally right to abandon children in the name of culture. Instead of a fund, we ought to find the fathers to these kids and demand upkeep and child support.
Submitted by livingthelife
Posted januar 28, 2011 08:29 PM
Wow…amazing how some people are treated with twins…:(:(:( Whoever wrote put this article/story together should be able to provide us with Glady’s bank information.
Submitted by Katiba04
Posted januar 28, 2011 07:45 PM
Her husband is a big ole jerk!!! Plain and simple. He is the superstition to get out of the responsibility of raising his children. Someone needs to speak some common sense into this man.
Submitted by Midas2010
Posted januar 28, 2011 07:24 PM
Gladys, admittedly is a Catholic. She stopped short of laying the blame on the church’s teaching against any form of contraception. Is it too much to demand that John Cardinal Njue make a comment on the issue for the sake of other who might face similar predicament in future? I hope the Holy Father reads this sad story and like he did with the condoms a while ago, allow other forms of contraception. Pole Gladys. The Catholic church has refused to grow with the time and might in future go the way of the dinosaurs.
Submitted by Jgrytten
Posted januar 28, 2011 07:18 PM
This is a very touching story,the author of this article please let us know how we can help this family. Set up a fund where we can be contributing. if you could get the area M.P i would really like to talk to him. Am a mother and this is just so emotional. I want to help send Duncan to school,like he deserves.
Submitted by Jarabi
Posted januar 28, 2011 07:07 PM
Wow. Damned if you do, damned if you do not. And the people paying the stiffest price are the innocent children, who did not ask to be here.
Submitted by Jshiko
Posted januar 28, 2011 07:05 PM
Just like Mwangi Mararo and Kusi Mbwa I have been moved by this story being a mother of 2. How can we reach Gladys Bulinya to support her. Sad thing is you just can not write an article like this and not give people ways of reaching out to her personally and helping her. Please provide information on how to reach her. Thanks.
Submitted by mpolos
Posted januar 28, 2011 06:56 PM
Can the nation or the writer of this story attach the contacts of this lady, financial help or even words of ecouragemnet can be send to her
Submitted by blazergal
Posted januar 28, 2011 06:40 PM
Yeah, the catholic church, the same one that convince followers to have huge poor families(look around esp in the village) while its leaders (popes,priests and nuns) do not know a thing about kids. i am a victim and i hate that church now that am an adult.
Submitted by somalibovu
Posted januar 28, 2011 06:16 PM
@musafiri,are u an agent for the family 2 receive on behalf,another scandal
Submitted by southerndolly
Posted januar 28, 2011 06:13 PM
Sister Gladys Bulinya this is indeed a blessing from God. You continue to be prayful and know that God is with you always. I will pray for you and your family that you continue to be strong in God and your family will gain the wisdom and knowledge of knowing this is not a curse. Be blessed my sister!
Submitted by yesuwangu
Posted januar 28, 2011 06:08 PM
If your community denies you because you are blessed with twins get married to another community different from yours which believes twins is double blessing and forget your ignorant community and move forward
Submitted by musafiri
Posted januar 28, 2011 05:40 PM
This is a very touching story. What a blessing, but some of us still look at God blessing like it is a curse. Shame on you people who think you got it all figured out. Lets help the lady without thinking what tribe or what she should have done. Please get in touch wit me and I will see what I can do for her plus I will share your article with some people who might care.
Submitted by PURITY4333
Posted januar 28, 2011 05:39 PM
Gladys,whenever u are faced with all this, remember the word that “It came to pass” this won’t last forever,your kids are a blessing not a curse, take heart.
Submitted by kyumani
Posted januar 28, 2011 05:27 PM
God as His Ways… Since many of us don’t see the sense of having children, to the extend of Signing In and Up to Same sex activities… God has chosen this woman to continue giving life to this planet. The government should ensure these kids get the basic needs. I prefare my tax to be used in educating these children.
Submitted by wangotho
Posted januar 28, 2011 04:30 PM
You call this a curse? something must be wrong in anyone who calls this, a curse. BLESSINGS to Ms Bulinya that God has blessed your womb mightly that any time you engage, twins come out. let me say here, many have tried to only concieve (one) but unable, they contract people like the jailed Mrs Deya to give a fake birth for money. Lady Bulinya stand tall and count this blessings, am proud of you that all this kids look well fed. Let us count this as blessings folks.
Submitted by Siranjofu
Posted januar 28, 2011 03:58 PM
Typical journalist antics of maligning a whole community without any modicum of research. To quote someone who is a bit more researched,at the link, http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-10182006-105355/unrestricted/04chapter4.pdf “In the Bukusu community, twins are considered to be very delicate, special and respected children” (see page 24 of the article). But why get some facts get into the way of a story to appear on the BBC
Submitted by caregiver
Posted januar 28, 2011 03:51 PM
It is in moment like these that we us Kenyans need to have understanding that everything changes with time. The so called “believes” of old are not helping our society. Kenya has great many a learned “FOOLS”. To think that this is a curse really makes us fools. God will see her through and can “see” a great wo/man in da making from the little angles.
Submitted by kariukimukono
Posted januar 28, 2011 03:48 PM
Very blessed woman, those condemning her even may be not sure of their fertility. such cultures are overtaken by events.
Submitted by Nabs
Posted januar 28, 2011 02:37 PM
I would rather have my tax money go towards educating and feeding these children (as they are Kenyans, and we should be our brother’s keeper), instead of it being WASTED on a selfish political trips by Kalonzo Musyoka aiming to save those who committed crimes against humanity! The total cost of a single trip of his could feed these beautiful family for a few months!
Submitted by marston
Posted januar 28, 2011 02:33 PM
Very easy for armchair theorists to talk of sterilisation. Any man who marries her again will want kids with her, this is from the culture in this country, so, has she told those condemning her for not being sterilised earlier on that she doesn’t want to be married again? Being unmarried will still make her “cursed” just the way she is now.
Submitted by waagui2
Posted januar 28, 2011 02:04 PM
Shame I never thought in Kenya we got such primitive practices in some cultures .The government needs to educate this community since we have seen that common sense is as common as we thought.Sorry to the poor lady am sure tears joy will trickle down your cheeks.God bless you
Submitted by jary
Posted januar 28, 2011 02:00 PM
He this is not normal. You have to carry your own cross
Submitted by tunes2006
Posted januar 28, 2011 01:50 PM
a clear case of researchers to possibly find out what makes her fertile,might help other women who are yearning to bear children.As for the stupid cultural thing,thats luhya nonsence,they should support the kids.Where are all those NGO’s who a re busy collecting cheques from european donors and have nothing to show for it.Would the real heros please stand up !!
Submitted by Korikel1978
Posted januar 28, 2011 12:44 PM
To our comminty childen is a gift from God and is a sign of great wealth to th family.I urge ms gladys not to worry coz Gods know why He gave them to you and in future you will see the grace of the Lorg.Pray and Pray hard.
Submitted by marston
Posted januar 28, 2011 12:43 PM
Poor mama, coming from a society where the more children one has, the more blessed, how comes she’s “cursed”? And what happened to those our “modern” lawmakers who only relish talking about sex and punishment and not such worthy cases? Let them now think outside the box.
Submitted by lenkips
Posted januar 28, 2011 12:35 PM
I really admire this Mum.ALL these kids look healthy despite of all the problems..Children are blessings from God,unless you are non-believer.I am also willing to help.Mum,many ran away while some isolated you,but Our God has not 4gotten U.
Submitted by krugutt
Posted januar 28, 2011 12:12 PM
This is a great blessing! Ms Gladys Bulinya is indeed a blessed women and I know help will come from somewhere. Please do not despair but keep working hard while trusting in God and He will definitely open a door for you even when your closest family, relatives and friends have forsaken you!
Submitted by kalungawanje
Posted januar 28, 2011 12:08 PM
The guy should have stopped the moment he hit the third set of twins!. he needs to be sought and made to support his family!
Submitted by mwangimararo
Posted januar 28, 2011 11:21 AM
NMG, please give a contact we can Mpesa. this is very touching
Submitted by NDEBELE
Posted januar 28, 2011 11:17 AM
this is the face of Kenya
Submitted by legaleagle
Posted januar 28, 2011 11:00 AM
If you can’t afford children, stop having them. Simple. Don’t expect everyone else to support you – they have their own problems to deal with. There is such a thing as contraception, after all.
Submitted by barmasaifelix
Posted januar 28, 2011 10:03 AM
This is why the cycle of poverty will go round and round for the next century.Kibaki should change his ministry to Vision 2130. But am ashamed that this woman is a high school girl and knows nothing about contraception. Women need empowerment. Most men are socially irresponsible and will just have sex without thinking of the consequences. I think sterilization must be enforced
Submitted by andiwo
Posted januar 28, 2011 09:22 AM
If at all the people shunning her are literate enough and able to read this comment, then i don’t see the reason for them adopting such archaic and backward beliefs that were put in place by the lazy men only seeked to benefit the lazy in the society. Our NGOs should really try and educate this illiterate community. Human life is a blessing from God and should be treated as such,be it you bore a lame,deaf,dumb or blind child.Kudos to her for holding on tight to her Go-given gifts!
Submitted by shene
Posted januar 28, 2011 09:09 AM
Curse is a very strong word. Blessed is the way we define kids…
Submitted by IAssumpter
Posted januar 28, 2011 09:08 AM
Kmmohan, I don’t think the church owes her anything. For economic reasons… surely the sterilization was timely. Clearly, she can’t afford raising the ones she has at the moment, let alone the fact that she has a bunch of ignorant relatives happening allover the place.
Submitted by tomilay
Posted januar 28, 2011 08:58 AM
Bukusus do not consider twins a curse but rather a blessing. Check your sources.
Submitted by WYCLEFWAFF
Posted januar 28, 2011 08:45 AM
Its a shame and pity what ignorance and backward cultures can do.No wonder the primary teacher doesnt know what causes one to sire twins. No need to apportion blame, the lady should be principled and know what she wants, In the belief she could be settled down in a marriage irrespective of whether love existed or not, she is paying the price, and alone.
Submitted by rofi
Posted januar 28, 2011 07:46 AM
She should be in the Guinness book of records. How ‘blessed’ can some people get!
Submitted by ShManzar
Posted januar 28, 2011 07:15 AM
What a height of ignorant and evil behaviour. I had not expected that the Bukusu community is this much backward and evil in its thinking. I know each community has its beliefs but this is one thats against God. Children are a blessing of God, why are they treated like a curse? Thats not right and the bukusu people should be ashamed of their belief and their rejection of a woman who is deserving of help and honour, not betrayal of her people.
Submitted by kmmohan
Posted januar 28, 2011 06:43 AM
The real ‘curse’ is the relatives. The Catholic church that prohibits sterilisation now owes her assistance. Ms. Bulinya deserves commendation for stuggling hard to maintain the large family.
Submitted by mukarara
Posted januar 28, 2011 03:19 AM
Can the Kenya government look for ways to help the poor?.
Submitted by emayieka
Posted januar 28, 2011 02:27 AM
This is might be God’s blessings…But Gladys should have known better in advance especially after the 3rd Set.. Our beliefs and cultures also do not help. This kids really need more than this.. they need a better life…… They are not a curse, they are a blessing… NMG could you please link me up with the family.. I might provide a meal for a month or support one to go to school for a year: my email: email@example.com or Ph: +44-7791-882228
Submitted by Zawadi
Posted januar 28, 2011 01:52 AM
(unbelievable, she is very special!)
Submitted by naipaul2010
Posted januar 28, 2011 01:11 AM
Sterilized? Isn’t that too little too late? Maybe some day we’ll learn something from China’s one-child policy.
Submitted by KingJulian
Posted januar 28, 2011 12:35 AM
Oh! the price of ignorance. This is why we need better reproductive health education. She may not have ended up with kids she can barely support. And the family would have known she is not “cursed”. How many other Bulinyas are out there tormented because they either can’t have kids or they have too many?Very sad
Submitted by ogwilo
Posted januar 28, 2011 12:16 AM
Those who stick to tradition to the letter perish and become extinct. Nothing is wrong having twins or even 8 at ago. Naida Suleiman of USA, and many more are celebrities because of having a fortune 6, 8, and counting. They get supported by big baby companies. In fact Opra Winfrey is might be buying a house for Nadia the mother of 14. Those who live tradition behind prosper–its called survival for the fittest. One of those sets of twins might one day be our President but we have to move not stand on stagnant traditional beliefs.
Submitted by Cayamo
Posted januar 27, 2011 11:09 PM
Can the author of this article write me at firstname.lastname@example.org?
Submitted by mzee_moja
Posted januar 27, 2011 10:38 PM
Please Bulinya, stop at 12. You already got a full team, if not apostles!!
Submitted by Mulaika_Mwega
Posted januar 27, 2011 10:36 PM
These stupid cultures of selvishness will have to be abadoned. In central Kenya of old, they used to throw away the kids but now everybody is wishing they would get twins in the first round and bring them up at once and finish the work at once. Twins are a blessing, we must choose whether we are Christians or pagans. With the first Kenyan Saint likely to be Bukusu (Cardinal Otunga), the Bukusu need to wake up to the light of Jesus and stop following things they cannot explain. Twins are a blessing
Submitted by kusimbwa
Posted januar 27, 2011 10:08 PM
This is a moving story. Could I join some willing Kenyans help this lady open a Fund for her Children? I am waiting for volunteers. Lets see what can be done by Nation`s readers and commentators.
APPEALING TO GOODHEARTED PEOPLE:
Helping others is a blessing. God blesses those who help others. If you want to help the family, please let us know and we will convey your wish to the Daily Nation and the family. Your help can be to fund the children’s education, help built a house for the family and any other small help that you can afford.