Ten year old girl rescued from early marriage in Samburu

A ten year old girl has been rescued from a female genital mutilation exercise ahead of a planned early marriage at Suguta Marmar area in Samburu central sub county.

Samburu county commissioner John Korir said the area chief and police officers facilitated the rescue process after good Samaritans reported the planned incident on time.

“We got a report through good Samaritans that a girl was to be married off on Friday, we took action and rescued her, she is here at the office and we have already identified a place where she will be staying as she study,” he said.

He said a safe children home where the victim will continue with her education has been identified as police intensify efforts to pursue and arrest suspects who are still at large.

“We will take an action against elders and morans behind this criminal activity, we are pursuing them, we went for them in their village but they had migrated from the village, even though we didn’t get them but we will go back, we will pursue until we arrest them so that they can be arraigned in court where they will charged with those offenses,”

According to the commissioner nine other girls across the county have been rescued from harmful cultural practices within one week after schools closed for a second term.

Samburu Girls Foundation, an institution that owns a girl’s rescue center at loosuk in Samburu central sub county has received fifteen girls rescued from planned early marriages organized by their parents in four counties.

-Martin Rwamba

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