Eva, a year-old student at Nairobi Aviation College, was sitting in her tiny room in shared quarters in Kitengela feeling broke, hungry, and desperate. She used the remaining Kenyan shillings she had in her wallet and took a bus to the city centre, where she looked for the first man who would pay to have sex with her. After 10 minutes in a dingy alley, Eva went back to Kitengela with 1, Kenyan shillings to feed herself for the rest of the month. Six years ago, when she was at university, Shiro met a married man nearly 40 years her senior.
Sexual Violence against Women and Girls in Kenya’s Elections | HRW
The IRC is seeing an increase in gender-based violence, early and forced marriage, and women and girls engaging in transactional sex as a direct consequence of food insecurity caused by drought in the region. Clear and alarming indications of harmful coping mechanisms were found during an assessment conducted in late February by the IRC in Turkana County looking at how the ongoing drought has affected local populations. Women reported they were engaging in transactional sex, and girls reported to have been married off at an early age to procure food for their families. As a result of the drought, girls as young as 12 years old are moving from rural to urban areas to engage in transactional sex. Many of these young girls report being the head of their household with younger siblings or even children of their own who depend on them for food. Some even cry when they come from school and find there is no food. The IRC is also seeing an increase in sexual gender-based violence and cases of defilement.
Sexual Violence Threatens Women and Girls in Kenya's Post-Election Crisis
They undressed and then took turns sexually assaulting her. Her upper arm was swollen, her fingers bruised and her chest was tender. Another woman, just 23 years old, was treated at the centre a day later.
Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. Download the full report in English. Mercy Maina told Human Rights Watch that she was raped by police during the post-election violence together with her friend, Irene Mukami, who later committed suicide because of trauma. Mercy was raped again in August in the post-election violence that followed the election on August 8,