, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 3 – Her face and clothes covered in blood, a young woman walks out of a corridor at a residential block writhing in pain.
She can hardly talk or even see where she is walking to but she musters enough energy to where she can get help.
The floor and walls she touched as she walked are all covered in blood in a video circulated on social media that caught our attention.
In the video, Justa Kawira – who is four months pregnant – is seen being dragged inside a house only to come out later looking like someone who had been dipped in reservoir of blood.
Fortunately, the 22 year-old woman was lucky to live to tell a story that has now become a statistic to the women almost losing their lives in the hands of their partners.
When we catch up with her in hospital, she says it was not the first time she received a thorough beating accompanied by deep wounds meted on her using broken bottles and knives.
In the video, her neighbours are seen watching Kawira being battered without intervening.
But after the neighbours ‘minded their own business’ they were motivated into action after she emerged appearing on the brink of death.
The drama began on Monday when Kawira questioned a man who came in the company of her husband to their house and started taking photos of their furniture and electronics.
“Johnny (her husband) came during the day-time. It is unusual for him to come at that time. His friend was taking photos of the things in our house. I asked him why and if he wanted to sell our things.”
In the process of the argument, a fight ensued.
“When we went inside he beat me thoroughly. I don’t know what he hit me with. I woke up and I found myself at this hospital,” Kawira recounted from her hospital bed.
Only last January Kawira was again admitted to the Kenyatta National Hospital after her husband stabbed her in the tummy.
At that time she lost another pregnancy.
“I found him at a bar with a woman. I made noise at him and when he came home later I picked a quarrel with him because of that woman. I did not shut up, I called him a prostitute,” Kawira who dropped out of school in Standard Eight painfully recalled.