Monday, April 30, 2007

The Agony of Rape

“Why is my stomach aching, I am feeling so bad, why mum, why?” Jane asked as she got off the vehicle.

Jane is eight; she was raped at the Ngomongo village in Kiambu. I met her yesterday, she was being taken back to Kiambu District hospital for a further check up on her condition. Her mother could not explain to the little girl why she was in so much pain. The little girl herself cannot even tell whether the pain is in her stomach or in her private parts, it’s all too much for her and she looks dazed.

To add to all her trauma, Jane is mentally challenged. This the consequence of an attack of pneumonia when she was five. Her mother says her life has never been the same since.

Rebecca Wanjiru recounts the rape of a child, and lack of legal protection. Read and comment here.