A Memoir by a Liberian author exploring issues of molestation and homosexuality and or discrimination has been launched in Liberia.
The book, titled “Konkai”, a Liberian vernacular which means living between two worlds gives a life experience and also intimately portrays a Liberian family’s experience with issues of molestation, homosexuality and AIDs.
The book also presents Konkai, a Liberian character in the non fictional narrative who lived between two worlds, including Stone, who took a deep look at how her brother’s life was impacted after being molested by an older male at age ten.
As a result of the molestation, the book indicated that incident created insecurity about his (Konkai’s) identity, the book explained.
“At the time, he was still trying to figure out who he was as a boy, and who he was within his own family where he felt like an outsider looking in”, the book further illustrated.
According to the real-life narrative, Konkai embraced homosexual lifestyle as a result of not taking precaution and subsequently became infected with HIV up to the end of his life.
The story said Konkai was still wondering whether his life would have been different or even better had he not been molested.
“People tend to protect girls from molestation and rape, but boys are equally vulnerable. It’s recently that their stones have been coming to light”, the fascinating narrative added.
“Konkai faced stigma in the U.S.A., where he lived during the early years of the AIDs pandemic, but because he is a citizen from Liberia, a country where homosexuality is frown at, and considered First Degree Misdemeanor, his struggle was also for love and acceptance of his family. That family consisted of several thousand households, including stepmothers, half-siblings, and a father who did not legitimize him as his son until he was an adult, and many who did not approve of his sexual orientation”, the narrative recounted.
Stone, an obstetrician and International Public Health Specialist, the book indicated, reveals how as a doctor and a sister she was forced to overcome her fears and prejudices about HIV and AIDs when the epidemic hit her own family.
According to her, relationship with her brother became closed, and that the result is a journal that brings that brings forth Konkai’s own voice, and has the potential to change the way individuals and African Governments treat homosexuals and people living with AIDs.