Singer Ruth Matete has opened up to her fans about a traumatising childhood experience that left her back scarred.
Matete shared the story on her Facebook, where she posted a photo showing the scar behind her back, saying she got burned by porridge.
"I was barely walking. Dad says I was still crawling. Back in Kakamega. Mum had prepared porridge and ran out to do something. I crawled, and touched the tip of the pot (sufuria) and it toppled over," narrated Matete, adding that "I burned 80%. I don't know what that means, I just know it's a lot of burning."
However, despite the burns, Matete says she's grateful to God that she's able to hide the scars with her clothes.
"The whole of my back, both of my thighs, parts of my hands, and a small part of my head. I mean, God was so gracious the parts that were burned are those I can hide with clothes. Now I know I was born to serve Him," she wrote.
The former Tusker Project Fame winner narrated further the horrific ordeal, explaining that her father found it difficult to carry her due to the severity of the burns.
For this reason, Matete says her family was forced to do skin grafting, a surgical procedure that involves removing skin from one area of the body and moving it to a different area of the body on some parts that were deeply burned.
But Matete aimed to motivate people with her story by encouraging those who've gone through hardships to take heart.
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"You may not have a physical scar like mine. Yours could be an emotional scar, mental scar, etc. It still is a scar. We all have scars. They say time heals all wounds. I don't agree. God heals all wounds. But even when the wound is healed, the scar still remains," said Matete.
"Sometimes I go through hard times, and then I just look at all those scars. Don't be ashamed of your scar. In a battle, there is a winner and a loser. The scars are proof that you fought and came out victorious!"
Matete further recalled the death of her husband, Pastor John Apewajoye, who died from a gas accident, saying, "I was so sure he would come out of it."
"I reminded him of my scars and kept telling him that if I survived, then he would also survive it. But God had other plans for him. May his soul continue resting in peace," recalled Matete.