May 11, 2021

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Susan Njogu: I was judged for marrying a disabled man

A Kenyan woman who married a disabled Australian man has told the BBC how people called her a gold-digger after photos of their wedding were shared online.

Susan Njogu Eling said people judged her love for Philip
Eling without knowing that she had always worked with disabled people.

She moved to Australia and enrolled for a diploma in working
with the disabled after which she applied for a job at Mr Eling’s workplace.

Mr Eling asked her out by email after the interview and they
exchanged contacts and later went out on their first date.

“Ours is a story of love at first sight. Nothing about him
bothered me, especially because I had related with many disabled people while
studying,” she says.

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The couple became engaged exactly six months later. The
bride’s parents approved of their marriage plans.

“They gave me their blessings at once. They were completely
alright with our decision, and especially because they knew how passionate I
was about helping the disabled. I was ecstatic,” she said.

The couple married in a red-themed garden wedding in
Adelaide and photos were widely shared online, eliciting mixed reactions.

“People said I only did it because I wanted to get money
from him, but I sort of expected that reaction from them. I was very relaxed
and prepared for it. I got comfort from knowing that our union was ordained by
God,” she said.

As they celebrate their third wedding anniversary, Mrs Eling
describes their marriage so far as fantastic.

“Phillip takes care of me like any other husband would, and
I take care of him too. People always assume that I am the one who takes care
of him,” she says.

Mr Eling was born with muscular dystrophy – a disease that
causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass.

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