, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 25 – “He forces me to lie on the bed and then he removes his ‘thing’ and sexually abuses me. Then when he finishes he tells me to go and watch television.”
This is a story of a 10 year old girl, who until March 28 was a standard 4 pupil at Bibirioni Primary School in Limuru.
The orphaned child was adopted by her aunt and uncle, who is now alleged to be sexually abusing her.
The whistle blower was her four year old cousin who unknowingly told his mum that he had seen his dad having sex with the girl.
“Yeye na daddy huwa wanafanya tabia mbaya (She and dad usually have sex),” the boy told the mum.
Her aunt asked the class teacher to ascertain the claims since the girl remained numb after she interrogated her.
The girl told her class teacher that it started in 2012 when she joined the school.
The teacher whose mission was to share the girl’s confession with her aunt recorded her using her phone.
In the recording, the girl says that her uncle used to have sex with her after school when the rest of the family members are away.
“He does this to me every day after school when my aunt is at the shop and other children are in school or playing. He started doing it when I joined this school last year. I did not tell my aunt or teacher because I was scared. But I told my friends whom we play with. They promised me they will not tell anybody else,” she recalled.
In the four-minute long recording, the girl speaks softly, shyly and the innocence in the voice depicts the harsh life that the orphaned girl has been going through in the hands of a family who adopted her.
After the teacher informed her aunt about the story, the aunt picked her from school and they took her to the Limuru Health Centre.
Clinical Officer Leah Nderi concluded that the girl’s hymen had been broken.
“On May 28, I attended to her after she was brought in by her aunt. She told me that the girl had been defiled by her husband and she realised when her four year old son told her that her uncle and the girl were having sex,” she explained adding that, “I interrogated the girl and she told me it was true and it started when she was in standard three.”
“I looked at the private area, I found there was a broken hymen, but there was no discharge. According to the history I took from this girl, this hymen was broken because of that act,” she explained.