There is always tomorrow
My trip to the international OCD conference is not happening. The irony of it is that, I was supposed to talk about the challenges of suffering from OCD in my country.
I have learned a lot about my condition and how it is like suffering from a mental illness in my country. Although some people I have been talking to, understand and appreciate mental illness. Most do not know the impact of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, in general and the impact it has on families in our society.
The African families believe so much in witchcraft and demons, as well as appeasing the ancestors. This affects our day to day living and decisions.
Once someone is sick, and the doctors are failing to cure the fast. The family rushes to traditional healers. Don’t get me wrong, there are traditional healers and traditional doctors. Traditional healers throw bone and diagnose people. It is usually that someone close to the person has bewitched them or that an ancestor, 100 years ago killed someone from a particular clan, and therefore the sick person is being affected by the avenging spirits.
The traditional doctors heal using herbs. In our environment, where not too many traditional doctors did not pass on their knowledge to their children, who felt that because of the modern medicine, traditional medicines was fast getting out of fashion. These days, one can find a lot of fake traditional doctors trying to steal money from the sick.
Some people rush to churches for prayer. For some reason, they don’t believe in prayers in the traditional churches, and therefore go to the faith churches where the prophets will pray for them and tell them that they have demons and again witchcraft comes into this. At times, there are given water to drink and in the bottle of water, a small stone is thrown in.
Then there are a lot of other New churches who believe in things like anointing oil, or anointing water or anointing whatever…. They give these to the sick and tell them that if they believe, they are healed.
My people still have a lot to learn.