Separated by distance, united by soap — Meet sisters who have insatiable appetite for soap

By Stephen Rutto | Friday, Nov 8th 2019 at 11:45
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Sharon Chepchirchir 24 and Lydia Chepkemboi 17 from Nandi County are sisters but they rarely met since the latter lived with her aunt.

19 years ago, Sharon noticed something peculiar about her appetite. She had a craving for soap.

She would indulge in soap eating and never got stomach upsets.

“I don’t know why I eat soap but I enjoy it. I discovered my appetite for soap when I was five years old,” said Chepchirchir.

In 2013, the two sisters met and Sharon noticed that Lydia had a bar of soap in her pocket.

Out of curiosity, she inquired why her sister was walking around with soap and she (Lydia) revealed that she eats soap too.

“My younger sister lived with my aunt and we rarely met. One day, I noticed she had a bar of soap in her pocket. I asked what she was doing with it and she said she eats soap.

“This brought us closer because we borrow soap from one another,” stated Sharon.

Over the past two years, Chepchirchir says she has desperately been working hard to stop eating soap.

She has even tried divine intervention, and spent Sh10,000 on prayers to no avail. She said she sought divine help after their grandmother said they’d been cursed.

She says she approached a pastor in Nairobi where she worked as a house help for prayers. The preacher, she claims, asked for Sh5,000. However, the prayers didn’t take away her craving for soap.

Last Sunday, she says she paid another Sh5,000 for prayers but her appetite for soap never died.

“I recently visited a hospital in Kapsabet and I was told my health is perfect. I’m yet to understand why I eat soap,” says Chepchirchir.

She adds: “While in secondary school, I would sleep in a secluded cubicle because I didn’t want my colleagues to know I ate soap. I would buy less of what was considered necessary so I had extra cash for soap.”

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