"I quarreled with my godmother and left the house because she wanted to marry again when her husband died. He was like my own father. I soon married a policeman whom I met when I was trading contraband goods. I didn't know much about marriage for I was too young. The marriage fell apart. I gave my children to my godmother and came to Awassa." Tsehay heard that her mother lives in Awassa. She looked for her and found her. "Even if I met my mother, we couldn't live together. When the idea of living with my mother failed, I married another person. I got a child from this marriage. Our marriage was cut short because my husband went to the war front during the Ethio-Eritrea conflict." This time she started working as a maid. Her first job created a big problem in her life. "I went to Dilla as a maid. My employer was a college instructor. He was sick. I took care of him for a long time because the money was good. After his death, I learned that he was an AIDS patient. When he was alive, I had many risky contacts because I was unaware. Later, even if I wanted to quit, for the job was tough, he doubled my salary." She took care of him till he died. When he died, she took the corpse to his family in Addis. "When I started to get sick after some time and see the same signs that I used to see on Doctor (my employer), I. was advised by my sister to have a blood test."She was told that she is living with the virus. She is one of the first members of Dawn of Hope Association. Now she is a member of Tilla and is teaching the society. "I got into a problem I know nothing about. Because of me, my child's life is at risk. It'll be difficult for her to live alone if I die because she is a kid. The other thing is that it's more hurting to wait for aid. If we are given jobs, we'll help ourselves and forget our illness while we place our thoughts on our work." Tsehay would like to use her training as a tailor and live like every productive citizen.
She was born in Dire Dawa, in a place specially called Gendekore. She doesn't clearly know her mother.
Since childhood she lived with her godmother. . She learned from Grade one to seven in Dire Dawa.
Residence Region :Dire Dawa Administration Council
Association: Tilla Association of Women Living with HIV
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