‘You’re not expected to mourn someone who died by suicide’ – BBC Africa



Anne Kemunto’s husband took his own life after struggling with depression. Her family has faced stigma in Kenya, where suicide is a taboo topic – and also a crime. The social stigma can be even worse for people who go through the criminal justice system because they attempted suicide. With at least 20 countries still treating suicide as a crime, campaigners are now calling for global decriminalisation by 2030.

Reporter: Mercy Juma
Produced by Gladys Kigo
Filmed by Hassan Lali
Edited by Aaron Akinyemi

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    1. My deepest condolences to you, i know first hand how terribly this hurts from experiencing two suicides in my family, the religious church going people can be extremely cruel, judgemental and make hurtful utterances.
      Suicide should be decriminalized, suffering a mental illnesses doesn't make anyone a criminal, these individuals need treatment, family and Friends need to observe changes in the behaviors of our loved ones and offer them help before it gets to the point of no return.
      Society should learn to have empathy for those grieving suicide deaths.

    2. A loss is a loss. One should stop putting him- or herself above others. All of this judging shit and stigma thing in Africa is way bigger than in other place on this planet.

    3. My deepest condolences to you and your family. My heart hurts seeing this and knowing depression is so normal now and it’s a medical issue . I can definitely relate to your husband’s pain there’s no such thing with helping your fellow man . The world is filled all over with vanity and vain and people looking out for self. I pray God will heal you and bring speedy help to you and your children where you will always remain with your head held high as a Queens crown should never be tilted regardless of life’s adversities.

    4. U mourn whom ever u want..religion is something stupid..coz it makes ppl to not think..but be lead like sheep

    5. Instead of providing solutions to advert the problem(a medical condition),you rather criminalize it…ohw Africa🤦…..If just between April and June 2021 about 500 or more people have been lost through this,it's supposed to be a national issue which needed to be addressed by now….THE LORD IS YOUR SHEPHERD MA🙏

    6. *Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Him. There is no other intermediary. May Jesus Bless you, trust Him, give your life – and He will take care of it :pray Convert yourself and believe in the Gospel – Romans 10 8-10 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.♡.*

    7. Such an important topic but BBC choose to produce a 2:45 min clip. Why did you even bother to bringing it up?

    8. We have to stop the stigma around mental illness

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      #まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした #垃圾W#再編ありがとうです!#いたもん(#笑)在整個人類歷史上,強者,富人和具有狡猾特質的人捕食部落,氏族,城鎮,城市和鄉村中的弱者,無'守和貧窮成員。然而,人類的生存意願迫使那sfdsd些被拒絕,被剝奪或摧毀的基本需求的人們找到了一種生活方式,並繼續將其DNA融入不斷發展的人類社會。. 說到食物,不要以為那些被拒絕的人只吃垃圾。相反,他們學會了在被忽視的肉類和蔬菜中尋找營養。他們學會了清潔,切塊,調味和慢燉慢燉的野菜和肉類,在食品`.

    10. Your in my prayers mama. May the Most High bless you and your babies. Stay strong 🕊️

    11. Poleni sana kwa Msiba. Mungu awafariji

    12. 👋 I survived my suicidal attempt 18 years ago. I am so grateful that I didn’t die even though I became paralyzed. My mental health is excellent now. I hope you will not give up on yourself, be educated about your depression/mental illness. Sharing my experience here https://youtu.be/xi-on4PmKuE

    13. Mama. My dear lady. Your grief is valid. I give you the permission to grieve in your own way that leads yo your healing. Pole for your husband. I pray for your healing and thriving plus that of your children. Thank you Charity for your voice in stopping stigma and raising awareness.

    14. I love Kenya, but the some of the cultural ideas that my brethren hold are terrifying and damaging. Suicide is not a crime.

    15. The ignorance of religion and its lame leadership absolutely kills me. Depression is a real sickness and should be addressed as such. The family should be supported and shown love and help from the so-called church community.

    16. Praying for this sweet woman and her family.

    17. I visited Kenya and it was the worst place I have ever visited total and complete corruption within Police and Immigration ABSOLUTELY cruel with no concept of human decency they see a white person and think we are all millionaires so they turn lies into charges n fines and if you cant pay you go to jail I was refused my diabetic medication and nearly died mysteriously all charges dropped n released but I still was not free I couldnt leave they had in their system that i am a wanted criminal omg I was stuck there for months.. NEVER go to Kenya..

    18. I have no knowledge of how the political world works here in the US let a long worldwide BUT my question is! WHO THE FUCK GOING TO BE CHARGED FOR SUCH LAWFUL CRIME????!!!!! SURELY NOT THE PERSON THAT COMMITTED IT!!!! And if the government tries to charge the family members then THE GOVERNMENT IS THE ONLY ONE COMMITTING SUCH A CRIME BECAUSE IT'S A CRIME FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO EVEN LABEL SUICIDE AS A CRIME!!!!!!!!!!! ughhhhh

    19. Medical issues should not be criminalized. It's a medical issue, not a criminal issue.

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