Sixteen year-old girl burnt severely by husband

A 16-year old girl was burnt burnt beyond recognition by her husband at Shimbir Fatume in Mandera South. Khadija who was forced into marriage in 2014 has been admitted at the Mandera General hospital with serious burns.

Her husband, Sharif Issack Abdulla beat her unconscious then burnt her using charcoal from a fire on January 7,2015.

Mandera Maendeleo Ya Wanawake chair Ubah Abdi said she was discovered after a source close to the family contacted one of the organisation’s officials.

Khadija’s chest and right hand are completely burnt off. Still traumatized, she couldn’t say a word to journalists and broke into tears.

Doctors said she urgently needs reconstructive surgery stating that the procedure will very expensive.

The hospital said it cannot airlift Khadija to Nairobi for further treatment as she is a minor and does not have the required documentation.

Mandera County Commisioner Alex Ole Nkoyo termed the ordeal as inhumane saying that the husband who has since disappeared will be brought to book.

Nkoyo added that the area Chief and his Assistant also be arrested as they failed to report the matter. He said they may have conspired with the family to hid the crime.

-the-star.co.ke

13 year old girl married off to 64-year old man attempts suicide

A 13 year old girl attempted to commit suicide after being forcefully married off to a 64 year old man in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The standard 7 pupil was beaten up and married off to a wealthy 64 year old village elder who had already paid dowry to her parents.

She stayed with the man for two days before she consumed pesticide poison at the man’s home in Koloa Division, Baringo East sub-county.

Women MPs led by Eusila Ngenyi of Uasin Gishu has complained of increased cases of gender based violence and other abuses against children in the region.

“I’d rather die”; Man attempts suicide after seeing his “ugly” bride

A Chinese man tried to commit suicide by throwing himself in a river after seeing his bride for the very first time during the wedding and saying she was too ugly.

Kang Hu, 33, claimed bride Na Sung, 30, would be “bad for his image” and walked out of the arranged marriage ceremony.

The 33-year-old had stunned guests at the wedding in the city of Shiyan, in central China’s Hubei province, when he apologized to his bride before telling her she was “too ugly”.

The groom was spotted several hours later wandering along a river bank shortly before throwing himself in the water.

Passers-by called police who were able to rescue him.

Kang was rushed to hospital where doctors said he was in a stable condition.

He later explained: “I feel bad about what happened but when I saw her she wasn’t what I had expected and I realized she would be bad for my image.

“My parents had arranged this and I couldn’t see any way out apart from suicide.”