Meron Abebe

The Enduring Strength of An African Woman

I want to empower and inspire everyone in my path, letting everyone faced with any difficult time know that:

1.    Whatever tough situation you maybe going through are only life lessons that are passing through, but will leave you stronger to face the future with confidence.
2.    Never let any negative situations in life keep you down. Keep your head up and don’t be afraid to follow your dreams despite any obstacles that may come along the way.
3.    Remember always that ONLY YOU know best who you are and what you are capable of accomplishing. Therefore strive to shine and aspire for excellence even when others doubt your abilities.
4.    Never take God for granted. Acknowledge HIM for the gift of life HE has given you and the talents you possess.
5.    Stay inspired and empowered. The rest will fall in place.”

In 2005, Ruth tragically lost another brother, Cornel. Robert Omanya, who was ambushed by thugs in his car in Kahawa Sukari, Nairobi. In the same year her father also died from simply losing the will to live as Ruth thinks it. A few months later, her elder sister Orpah Omanya died from Typhoid. “I have grieved over the course of 12 years, and at some point I found myself feeling immune to all the sorrow. I learned to build a wall around myself to help me cope with all my family losses. Four family members died while I was in the United States, and up to this day I still don’t have closure because I never said goodbye. How does one best cope with death especially if it involves people one is close to? My way of coping has been to keep their memory alive. I talk about my late family members as if they were still alive. It keeps me from feeling sad that they’re gone. It helps me to let them know in my own way as they watch over me that I think of them and love & miss them so much!”

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