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Girl’s two-year rape ordeal at hands of uncle

Thursday April 16 2015

A rape victim. The United Nations on Friday declared June 19 International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict to highlight abuses by armed extremist groups such as Boko Haram and Islamic State. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A rape victim. The United Nations on Friday declared June 19 International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict to highlight abuses by armed extremist groups such as Boko Haram and Islamic State. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

KAZUNGU SAMUEL
By KAZUNGU SAMUEL
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A Standard Seven pupil who was allegedly raped by an uncle over a period of two years Thursday narrated her ordeal, saying he had also threatened to kill her before the end of this month.

The 17-year-old girl said her uncle started raping her in 2013 and recently threatened her with death for “not giving him enough sexual satisfaction.”

Narrating her story to Jaribuni Ward Rep Emanuel Chai before she recorded a statement at Kilifi Police Station, the girl said she has been living in hell because of the constant rape and threats. She said she did not tell her mother for fear of being killed.

“It started one morning in 2013 when I was going to school. My uncle appeared from a bush armed with a panga, grabbed me and raped me,” she said.

“Since then, he has been raping me and threatening to kill me if I ever tell anyone,” she told the MCA.

The girl’s father died some years back and she lives with the mother. “I have been living in hell and I don’t know what to do. I could not tell my mother because that would mean the end of my life,” she said.

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However, after yet another brutal attack last week, she said she resolved to speak out.

“Last week, he told me he was getting tired of me and would kill me before the end of the month. I could not stand this any longer and told my mother everything. She then took me to our representative where we also met the chief,” she said. The girl’s mother said the man, who is her late husband’s brother, had at one time also threatened to kill her.

“The man is a beast and I want justice for my daughter,” she said.

The incident comes just a week after Kilifi County was named the leading county in cases of rape, with 97.9 per cent.

Vyambani location chief Mr Juma Tsori directed mother and her daughter to report the incident at Kilifi police station so that the man can be arrested and charged in court.

“This is very unfortunate. That the girl has been going through rape and incest for two years is not withstanding. Police should move with speed and arrest the perpetrator who a well is known to the family,” said Mr Tsori.

Mr Chai asked parents to report any rape and defilement cases that happen in the villages to police as a way of curbing the spread of these vice.

The incident comes just a week after Kilifi County was named the leading county in cases of rape with 97.9 percent.