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On Saturday, July 7, 2018, around 10 a.m., I came across a post that was trending on Facebook, in which our sister, the former National AIDS Ambassador, Ms. Joyce Dzidzor Mensah, had declared an intention to take her own life and that of her three children.
Disturbing as this was, I took the initiative to stop the unfortunate from happening, by driving to her house and engaging her and some members of her immediate family in a rather lengthy chat which brought forth the motivation behind the post she had made on Facebook.
The passage of her husband last year, her estrangement from the Ghana AIDS Commission years ago and her subsequent disclosure that she was never an HIV carrier, have all coalesced to make life unbearable for her.
As a matter of fact, fallouts from the afore-mentioned developments have and continue to define the struggles of her daily struggles.
Not only have Ghanaian employees shut their doors to her, a cross-section of Ghanaians appears to have resolved to publicly and privately victimize, ridicule, stigmatize and discriminate against her on daily basis, with the least opportunity.
Most unfortunately, she is despised by sections of the Ghanaian media who exploit every opportunity, good or bad, to fabricate ill stories about her.
The most heart-wrenching aspect of it all is that, with every economic opportunity now shut to her, the otherwise caring and hardworking mother is rendered jobless.
Last year she invested all her money into a barbering shop and a small food joint but people started complaining the food is infected with virus and so people shouldn’t buy from the joint.
This bizarre turn of events in her life has made it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for her to fend for herself and her three children who are all of school-going age.
It looks like because of the HIV/AIDS campaign she embarked on and her face being everywhere, it is making it difficult for people to work with her. She feels neglected.
She believes strongly she has destroyed her life just because she tried to protect her children at school by denying her status.
Therefore, from my lengthy, candid discussion with her and her immediate family, ensuring for Joyce the following three support measures have become inevitable:
1. A new accommodation, preferably a Chamber-and-Hall self-contained at an undisclosed place.
2. A sustainable business capable to support her daily, preferably Uber business (this way no-one can stigmatize and discriminate against her)
3. Put her kids in school, preferably on some scholarship that will ensure the kids’ continued stay in school
We are, therefore, appealing to interested Ghanaians and benevolent institutions, both public and private, to come to the aid of our dear sister who, for years, contributed substantially to national efforts at reducing the scourge of HIV/AIDS in Ghana.
I will like to also thank everyone who showed concerned by way of calling, text messages and visiting her since the Saturday when the issue broke. I would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Akwesi Osei, Prophet Nigel Gaisie and Asiamah Kosi Bright aka Gh Mashano.
You can send your seed money to the following accounts:
1. Account number: 2760450882018
Account name: Dzidzor yawavi Mensah.
2. Account name: Linmart Media Solutions
Account No: 1110105133816
Bank: Unibank, Osu
3. MTN Mobile Money: 0244 484534
4. Airtell Mobile Money 0264 484534
You can also email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Nii Amarh Amarteifio