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This Kenyan poet turns personal tragedy into a conversation about toxic masculinity

This Kenyan poet turns personal tragedy into a conversation about toxic masculinity

THROUGHOUT his childhood and adolescence, Onyango Otieno witnessed violence. His father physically and emotionally abused him and his mother as a child. Life at home was unpredictable. Young Oyango did not know when a fight would start, what would happen, or how it would go.  Onyango vividly remembers one day when his father beat him, sprayed him with kerosene, and lit a match. By age 15, he was running away from home, skipping school, shoplifting, and stealing clothes and money. There were long periods without washing. At 20, he was sexually assaulted. As a result of his ordeals, he also…
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