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Girl bleeds to death after undergoing
FGM A woman was yesterday arrested after her seven-year-old daughter bled to death after female circumcision.
It is female circumcision season in Wajir District, despite concerted efforts to discourage the practice.
"She was brought to the hospital more than 24 hours after circumcision. By then it was too late to save her life," said Mrs Ardo Mohammed, a nurse.
She said the girl underwent infibulation, the worst form of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) common in North Eastern Province.
Police intercepted family members planning to bury the girl. An elderly circumciser was also arrested after a brief search.
Deputy OCPD Job Lesinayu said they would be charged with murder.
But relatives want the two released, arguing the death was pre-ordained.
Ritual’s defence
"No parent would want to see her child die. At least the police should allow her to mourn her daughter," a former councillor, Mr Kunow Ibrahim, said.
It has also emerged that the child was among three girls cut by the circumciser.
And the tragedy has not dampened the cultural mood with scores of other girls facing the knife.
Elsewhere, an estimated 85 per cent of the more than 100 girls who underwent the rite in December, last year in Kuria District have dropped out of school and forced into marriages.
Local anti-FGM campaigners, led by Maendeleo Ya Wanawake branch chairperson Beatrice Robi, yesterday criticised parents for allowing their daughters to be married early.
Outdated practice
Speaking during the burial of Elkana Tolo, father of The Standard Senior Online Editor, Dan Okoth in Rongo, Ms Robi attributed early marriages to poverty and outdated cultural practices.
Tolo, a pioneer teacher and church leader, died early this month, after an illness and was buried at his Kodero Bara home.
Robi said the drop-out rate was alarming and would affect the education of girls in the region.
"We have carried out a survey and found that 85 per cent of the girls have been married off. This is wrong," she said.
She also told The Standard they had compiled a list of the affected girls, and would hold a workshop to sensitise parents against the rite.

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This statement by TABITHA NJOROGE is an example of how our sisters are suffering..

Please read as she explains Sharon Chepkirui's Odeal.


"On Saturday the 23rd of this month as l read Saturday Nation newspaper, l came across a story done by Kwamchetsi about a lady whose nose and ears were chopped by her husband after a domestic quarrel. I was very disheartened and disturbed and was compiled to find out the details of the story and the state of that lady.
I went to COVAW on Monday and spoke to one of the officers there by the name of Carol Waiganjo who gave me the shocking details of the battered lady.
Sharon Chepkiru i(20yrs old) was brought to Nairobi 3 weeks ago from Kericho to Nereo Chepkorir to work for her as a househelp. Nereo was shocked to see the state that Sharon was in and kept her in her house until last week when she took her to COVAW to seek any assistance for Sharon, since she is in bad health and can’t even work and has nowhere else to go.
From Carol’s interview with both Sharon and Nereo, Carol was able to establish that Sharon was battered by her husband in March last year. She was taken to Kericho general hospital by good Samaritans where they only gave her fast aid, the wounds have since healed, though she looks terrible and needs reconstructive surgery that will cost Ksh: 200,000 at Kenyatta hospital. She has lost her self esteem because she ties a head scarf quite low near her nose to hide the scars and she keeps looking down as she doesn’t want people looking at her, she doesn’t speak much as it was Nereo who was speaking for her. All she had to say to Carol was “Hi mambo tumezoea na ni kawaida” which means she as reconciled to domestic sexual violence and accepts it as normal. One question am left wondering is could it be that domestic violence in Kericho is more rampant? Sharon’s husband was arrested then and has since been released and he is a free man, probably now married to another woman who he is likely to assault or is already assaulting.
Carol could only give me Nereo’s cell number to try reach Sharon, l have tried calling that number continuously but it’s off since yesterday. I will keep calling it till l find them and l also left my contact at COVAW just incase Nereo and Sharon shows up again.
I will keep you all update on this case because l must see and find ways of helping Sharon. She also needs counseling. Anybody in this forum who can offer Sharon counseling services?
I will also pick up Sharon’s husband case with FIDA to follow-up. Justice must prevail."
1. Her nose and ears were chopped by her husband after a domestic quarrel

2. 20 year old Sharon was locked in her house until last week when a well wisher rescued her.

3. She looks terrible and needs reconstructive surgery that will cost Ksh: 200,000 at Kenyatta hospital.
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Last Updated (Thursday, 02 September 2010 10:00)