Nairobi CBD: Mother Breaks Down After Finding Lost Son Turned Madman [VIDEO]

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    A mother feeds his son said to be suffering from mental illness, three weeks after the two reunited in Nairobi on Tuesday, February 23, 2021
  • A mother's love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible and she is one who can take the place of all others and whose place no one else can take - Marion Garretty and Cardinal Mermillod. 

    The phrase clearly describes a Nairobi woman who had embarked on a journey to find her son who  went missing three weeks ago - only to find him on the streets.

    She found her long-lost son on Tuesday, February 23 on the streets of Nairobi having turned into a mad man. The son, according to her, was a high school student.

    In a video seen by, the unidentified mother was overwhelmed by emotions after reuniting with her son who appeared to suffer from mental illness - and roaming the streets of Nairobi.

    Boda boda riders help a mother reunite with his son said to be suffering from mental illness in Nairobi on Tuesday. February 23, 2021, three weeks after he disappeared

    The young man was dressed in ragged clothes - and looked emaciated having been feeding on the garbage.

    The woman surprised passersby when she approached the young man said to be her son - and began feeding him - and straightening up his torn clothes.

    She hugged him, held him in her bosom, and broke into tears. 

    "My son. This is my son," she said to no one in particular. The incident happened outside Railways Club, Nairobi. 

    Dressed in a white blouse and maroon skirt, and carrying a brown handbag, the emotional mother removed her son's tattered clothes and dressed him in a clean T-shirt. She also gave him a packet of milk to quench his thirst. 

    The son, however, appeared to struggle to recognize his mother as he kept trying to break free from her embrace.

    The boda boda riders who had gathered at the scene restrained him, before calming him down.

    She tried to remind him - that she was his mother in an attempt to jog his memory. 

    "Hawa hawajui mambo yao hawa... niachilieni (This crowd does not know what they are talking about. Let me go)," the young man said as he pushed his mother away. 

    Street families in Nairobi face a myriad of issues, from insecurity to lack of food, shelter and even clothing. The government has made efforts to reduce the number of street families in especially in the capital.

    A mother and son said to be suffering from mental illness reunite after three weeks in Nairobi on Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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