His life has been an empty shell, filled with shame and guilt, for 35 years.
Coming to terms with the fact that he was a hermaphrodite (person with both the male and female sex organs) was too much to bear for Apostle Darlan Rukih Moses, adding that his wife has since accepted him the way he is, though at first, it was really difficult for her.
The father of three adopted children (with the same condition) says he’s now ready to come out of the closet, and speaking to The Nairobian, Moses says he is proud of being a man and a woman and going public will help create awareness and is advocating against discrimination of people suffering from his condition.
“I underwent a medical examination and the doctors confirmed I have a normal uterus, ovaries and I can bear children,’ he said.
Moses, a gospel musician who even sings Taarab gospel, was born in Bondo where his mother was shocked after the doctors announced her baby was a hermaphrodite.
“My mother tells me that she had to conceal the truth for fear of wrath from the community. The Luo community treats such cases as a bad omen. I could have been killed had my community gotten wind of my condition. She also told me that she feared that we could have both been thrown out of our home,” said Moses, recalling that when he turned 14, his body begun to develop feminine features.
“I was shocked when I experience my first monthly periods. My breasts and hips begun to grow. However, my mother took me to a local dispensary where I was given some medication and some of the features like the growth of breasts and hips stopped.”
In a past interview, Moses claimed he became more aware of his condition after his stepfather once molested him, something he says, he doesn’t want to get into details.