It was a normal Friday for her. She went to school as usual but that evening turned out to be the darkest and one she might probably never forget since the scar will always remind her.
Mercy (name altered) who is a ten year old girl in standard three was visited by one of her school friends at home in Nyamasaria (Kisumu Sub County) and around 6.00 pm she had to escort this friend just like many kids do.
They walked for a while then she bade her friend goodbye and turned back to go home too.
On her way, it is alleged that she met a motorcycle operator who offered her a free ride home which she willingly accepted.
Back at home her mother was patiently waiting for her to return but so much time seemed to pass by without a sight of the first born in a family of three children.
When it was getting too late, she launched a search in the neighborhood for Mercy and even informed her husband who had gone upcountry that mercy was missing.
The search was in vain and the disturbed mother had to retire for the night not knowing where her daughter was and hoping she was safe wherever she was.
At about 5.00am the next morning, she had a knock at her door and on opening, her daughter was standing there, with a Good Samaritan who had brought her home, but all was not fine.
The girl was wounded in the head and around the neck. She managed to tell her mother that a bodaoda operator had forced himself into her private part, stabbed her with a knife on the shoulder and was even threatening to kill her.
How she escaped from the hands of this man is not known but she knocked at the door of this lady at 3.00 am already a defiled child looking for refuge.
She was rushed to Kisumu sub county hospital where she was admitted as her father who had travelled back went to report the incident to the police.
The Doctor confirmed that the girl was defiled and they had put her on Post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to take care of the risk of HIV infection.
The Doctor also found traces of grass and soil inserted in the girl’s privates. Due to the girl’s swollen head and face; a CT scan or an MRI was to be done but unfortunately the parents could not afford the cost of the tests.
KMET got in touch with the Kisumu County Gender Technical Working Group who came onboard to offer assistance. Due to these interventions, with the help of FIDA and PLAN international, there was a resolution to airlift Mary to Nairobi women’s hospital for specialized treatment. KMET offered to Fuel the ambulance and psychosocial support to both the parents who were evidently traumatized and the girl when she gets back.
The man who damaged the happy childhood life of Mercy is still at large, how many more young kids will fall his prey?
KMET implores you to join forces with us and other partners to put an end to sexual gender based violence by reporting any known case to the police or any civil society group around your area.
Call us for free on 0800724500 or contact these numbers for help; Child line Kenya-116 and Health Assistance Kenya-1195.
Help us break the silence on such instances of human rights violation by sharing your story with us. It is through the documented cases that we can demonstrate how real the situation is and influence programs to support survivors and their families.