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Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by Carmit(m): 5:09am On Nov 08
Beautiful sisters who can’t stop eating soap
By Stephen Rutto


Sharon Jepchirchir 24, Lidia Chepkemboi 17 and Monica Jebet (mother) at Kibochi village in Nandi County yesterday. The two sisters have been eating bar soaps since their childhood. (Peter Ochieng, Standard)

Sharon Chepchirchir basks in the sun outside her mother’s house in Kibochi village, Nandi.

A few minutes later, Chepchirchir, 24, takes out a bar of soap from her jacket.

I thought she wanted to wash her face or hands but was shocked when she started to eat it.

Chepchirchir has had an insatiable appetite for soap for 19 years.

The bit she is munching is the same one she had used to bathe in the morning.

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

Power of soap operas

And, she has never had stomach upsets, irritation in her mouth or any other health problem from eating soap.

And she is not the only "soap-olic" in her family.

About six years ago, Chepchirchir discovered her younger sister, Lydia Chepkemboi, too, had an appetite for soap.

“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,” she says.

The sisters have puzzled residents of Kibochi village, who often troop to their home to see them eat the substance.

In 2014, when she was pregnant, Chepchirchir says she asked a doctor at Chepterwai Nyayo Hospital in Mosop whether soap would affect her health or that of her baby.

“The doctor said it was the first time he was encountering a soap eater. He also said he was unaware of any condition that makes people eat soap. He, however, said soap was not poisonous,” recounts Chepchirchir, who has been a domestic worker since 2015.

Chepchirchir was always in trouble with her mother and grandmother due to the habit.

“They would beat me but I didn’t stop eating soap. I continued stealing soap until they gave up. I would sneak into bathrooms, even neighbours’, and steal soap.”

Powder soap

“Eating soap has never affected my health. I also eat any food. If I can’t get a bar of soap, I lick powder soap.”

Over the past two years, Chepchirchir 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 sought divine help after their grandmother said they’d been cursed.

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

Last Sunday, 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.”

On her part, Chepkemboi says she just found herself enjoying soap.

The 17-year-old Form Three student says she always has a bar of soap in her pocket.

“I am also shocked that I eat soap. I have worked hard to hide the habit but some of my friends know about it. They say I am not normal. I want to stop but I just can’t,” says Chepkemboi.

Their mother, Monica Jebet, says she has tried all means to stop her daughters from eating soap without success.

“I did all I could to stop this habit, including hiding soap and caning them but it didn’t work. I am asking specialists to help us understand this mysterious behaviour. Some medics say eating soap could be genetic,” says the mother of four.

Solomon Komen, a nutritionist at Tophill Hospital, says the sisters may be lacking some minerals in their bodies.

Determine minerals

Komen warned eating soap may eventually affect their health because of the chemicals used to manufacture it.

“We need to carry out tests to determine the minerals the sisters may be lacking and take remedial measures.”

Mark Kiptoo, an Eldoret-based oncologist, warned chemicals used in making soap, including potassium, are harmful and may lead to long-term effects in key organs.

“The chemicals can damage the kidney and liver if consumed in large quantities for a long period of time,” Dr Kiptoo said.

He added: “Eating soap is strange. The girls should seek medical specialists for tests. They should also undergo blood and tissue analysis to establish if they lack some nutrients.”

Source: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.standardmedia.co.ke/mobile/amp/article/2001348512/the-beauties-who-just-can-t-stop-eating-soap

Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by mamaafrik(m): 5:48am On Nov 08
Aye n lo sopin,eba,you no eat ,apu nor Tuoshinkafa,iro,owa je ose,pig self no go just eat soap.
Some wey done eat,belleful finish will now say they don't believe in supernatural power,in witches and wizards.
Awon mama mi apeke ,ayinke have login into these ones matter.
Ewo ni,a ki joose(it is a Taboo,you don't eat soap) is what i used to hear but oro awon wonyi ti ni ba ninuoooo

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Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by eTECTIV: 6:31am On Nov 08
WTF!!! What kind of fuckery is dis

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Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by donbachi(m): 6:36am On Nov 08
She get mind....na so my toothpaste finish oneday,no cash with me..na e I sey make I use available soap around ...my gum burn finish and for a week nothing tasted fine in my mouth...19years of eating soap.

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Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by okorotalkative: 6:46am On Nov 08
freaks

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Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by galadima77(m): 6:47am On Nov 08
Someone said Kenya is land of the weirds

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Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by Carmit(m): 12:14pm On Nov 08
galadima77:
Someone said Kenya is land of the weirds
You are very right on that... Trust me.

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Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by mindful01: 12:50pm On Nov 08
Make dem com chop 9ja soap make I see

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Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by seunmohmoh(f): 12:50pm On Nov 08
We are not surprised anymore. More weird news will still come and I won't be shocked still.
Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by sonature1: 12:50pm On Nov 08
Weird stories only come out of Africa.

You rarely read that an African invented an ozone depletion-reducing device

It's always weird things.

A continent of daft people with clueless leaders

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Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by Cutefergieee: 12:50pm On Nov 08
ok
Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by Four4Clien(m): 12:50pm On Nov 08
these ones are definetely marlians. They are taking soapy to a whole new level




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Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by Vision2ae: 12:50pm On Nov 08
o...your soap.. your problem....we need more of you in this Nigeria sef...price of imported rice con come down small.......

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Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by BUSHHUNTER: 12:51pm On Nov 08
Two decades ago their is a saying " No kid can eat soap"














Are we truly in endtime/endgame now?

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Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by OgbanjeProphet: 12:51pm On Nov 08
There are different kinds of possessions.

This one na soapy possession.

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Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by Marvins0009: 12:51pm On Nov 08
Make she Dey play Naira Maley soapy and be eating her soap jejely
Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by wonlasewonimi: 12:51pm On Nov 08
Come and eat original soda here in Agbeni, Ibadan,

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Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by tayebest(m): 12:52pm On Nov 08
I don't understand shocked

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Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by naijadrivablog: 12:52pm On Nov 08
Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by 0KNM: 12:52pm On Nov 08
Some dey dance soapy, some dey chop soapy... Inside life #Ayeakamara

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Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by Macsjebs(m): 12:52pm On Nov 08
Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by MKULTRA: 12:52pm On Nov 08
Please who can help us with
one of those musa at the gate memes

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Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by YorubaPrince: 12:53pm On Nov 08
I shouldn't be saying this but, Kenyans aren't ONLY weird, they're NOT so good-looking! angry

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Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by wisdom042(m): 12:53pm On Nov 08
Kenya and strange things be like 5 n 6

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Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by Mutemenot(m): 12:53pm On Nov 08
Abeg I have odudusun soap for them

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Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by LarrySun(m): 12:53pm On Nov 08
This just turned my stomach inside out. Ewwww!

I shudder.

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Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by EtherealAnn(f): 12:53pm On Nov 08
donbachi:
She get mind....na so my toothpaste finish oneday,no cash with me..na e I sey make I use available soap around ...my gum burn finish and for a week nothing tasted fine in my mouth...19years of eating soap.
You should have used salt

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Re: Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos) by Grandlord: 12:54pm On Nov 08
donbachi:
She get mind....na so my toothpaste finish oneday,no cash with me..na e I sey make I use available soap around ...my gum burn finish and for a week nothing tasted fine in my mouth...19years of eating soap.
WTF dude! Bloody comedian grin

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