Four Children Die After a Botched FGM Procedure

Four children were found dead after undergoing a botched Female Genital Mutilation.

The children aged between 6 and 13 years had been locked in a house at Majengo area in Thika.

After an intelligence report from members of the public on November 12, police officers rushed to the scene where they found the bodies with surgical wounds.

A razor blade used in the FGM process: PHOTO COURTESY

Four suspects were arrested and a hunt for the circumciser and the girls’ parents put in place.

The bodies were moved to Thika Level Five Hospital Mortuary awaiting Post mortem.

With a recent public agenda on FGM, Nyamira South Children’s Officer, Billy Adera urged to spend quality time with their children this holiday in order to understand them fully and address their concerns.

He revealed during an interview with KNA that children are facing a myriad of social, economic and psychological challenges but parents assume that they just want unnecessary attention which is not the case.

An anti-FGM campaign: PHOTO COURTESY

“Parents and caregivers are the initiators of abuse like Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) secretly practiced by Abagusii community, child labor in tea estates, and even defilement amongst others to vulnerable children a trend we strongly warn against and will not spare any culprit who will be caught violating the rights of children,” Mr. Adera warned.

He said that rising cases of juvenile delinquents, teenage pregnancy, suicidal incidents by children is a clear indication that they lack love, guidance, and attention from the right people who are their parents the reason why the children department is making an appeal to spend time with their children and initiate talks which will persuade them to open up and share what troubles them to be helped before the situation gets out of hand.

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