My three-day trek in wilderness to escape abusive marriage

Ms Evelyn Kiyeny  speaks to nation.Africa at Check Point village, Tiaty East Sub-County. She trekked for nearly 100 kilometres to escape from an abusive marriage.

Photo credit: Mwangi Ndirangu | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Having been betrothed to a stranger husband at the age of 11 through an arranged marriage, Evelyn Kiyeny had endured occasional battering that left her weak, at times seeking treatment from health facilities.
  • Unable to bear it any more, she decided to run away from her matrimonial home, but the estranged husband followed her.
  • For three days, she trekked through the wilderness of Baringo County to escape from an abusive marriage she had persevered for 15 years.

Having been betrothed to a stranger husband at the age of 11 through an arranged marriage, Evelyn Kiyeny had endured occasional battering that left her weak, at times seeking treatment from health facilities.

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