Brave Busia girl battles as her rapists go scot free

Liz (left), accompanied by her mother speaks to Dr Florentius Koech, a neurosurgeon and spine expert (behind desk) and the writer (far right) two weeks ago in Eldoret. PHOTO/JARED NYATAYA

What you need to know:

  • A girl is attacked by six men. Three suspects are arrested but police let them off the hook by handing them slashers and asking them to sweep clean an AP camp. The girl, her back broken and now suffering from obstetric fistula, now cries for justice she seems too poor to afford.
  • JUSTICE DENIED: What is happening to this 16-year-old is a sad reflection of what has become of Kenya’s justice system. Gang-raped by six men — three of whom she knows by name — and thrown into a pit latrine, she ended up suffering a broken back and is now confined to a wheelchair.
  • As if that is not hard enough for her, she has developed obstetric fistula from the attack. In the meantime, her suspected attackers still roam her village after police let them off the hook by asking them to slash the grass on an AP camp for a few hours as punishment for the crime.

On the morning of June 26 this year, a teenage girl left home to attend the funeral of her grandfather in the Tingolo village of Butula, Busia County.


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