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Samburu: Man speaks after 20 years of silence

A man named Utalii Sepeto from Lorubae, Samburu county left fellow villagers flabbergasted after he spoke for the first time in 20 years.

The miracle happened on Saturday,April 10 and residents of Lorubae could not believe their ears.

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The first person to hear the 20-year-old man speak was his cousin Paul Leteyo who said that he thought he was dreaming as he had not woken up.

He said he was really shocked when he heard ‘Habari’ from the man who has never uttered any word.

According to Nation, Sepeto took a trek in the village talking and greeting his neighbours leaving the in shock.

We did not even take breakfast. I was so happy to hear him utter some words,” Letoiye told the Nation.

Their neighbour Jane Lepalsintio was the first neighbour to be greeted by Sepeto and revealed that she was totally shocked.

“I was shocked when he asked me “habari”. I took some time before responding. It is such a great miracle because he used to communicate to us through sign language,” she recalled.

His mother Sabato Lepeto and grandmother Naomi Lepeto have since thanked God for what they termed as miracle.

Sepeto’s mother revealed that her son was born in 2001 and has been deaf and dumb all those years. She said that they decided to take him to Isiolo’s School for the Deaf.

While being enrolled at the school, he was done a medical check up to establish whether he was deaf and dumb. They found out he could not hear anything.

Sepeto had known how to communicate using sign language and in 2015, the year he did his KCPE he could make some unclear sounds only.

Daily Nation reported that Amina Ibrahim who took care of the boy since 2011 had discovered he could hear but only when one shouts.

It was challenging for him as his parents tried to communicate using sign languages but sometimes they could not figure out what he was saying. The boy was at many times left lonely.

“We used to speak to him in a loud voice, and he responded through sign language while he struggled to utter words,” Jamila Lepeto, a sister, recalled.

His parents also admitted him at a secondary school for the deaf in Nyeri but Sepeto drop out three years after his sponsor quit supporting him.

His family has been praying and hoping that one day their son would speak.

Thir prayers were answered, their son can speak now although he still has hearing problems.

“Nilianza kuongea juzi. Nasema ‘Habari yako’? (“I started to speak the day before yesterday. How are you?” Sepeto was quoted as saying.

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Jamila pleaded for help from well wishers noting that her brother can now speak and he is most likely ready to continue chasing his dreams.

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