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Teenage Girl Escapes Forced Marriage, Travels 500 Km to Kajiado

A girl, who escaped planned early marriage in Tana River last year, now claims her relative living in Ongata Rongai wants to marry her out.

Ruweidh Ibrahim, 16, at her hideout in Ongata Rongai on March 4.

Ruweidh Ibrahim, 16, who sat her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education in 2017 and scored 216 marks at Bangale Primary School in Tana River County, says her father, Ibrahim Isaac attempted to force her into marriage.

“It was in March 2018, when I got wind of a planned marriage to an old man in Bangale. On the night of the planned wedding, I escaped to a local police station and the officers there helped me with money to travel to Ongata Rongai in Kajiado,” said Ibrahim.

Ibrahim continues; “After I escaped, my mother who was against that marriage arrangement told me my father allegedly cursed me and said I should not set my foot at her house. My mother wants me to go to school but she cannot raise fees.”

She told Kajiado News Update Online that after the Bangale police officers called her uncle, Abdisalan Kalan, in Ongata Rongai and he immediately agreed he would take care of her and even take her to school.

The girl claimed her uncle has been reluctant in finding her a school until last month when her mother sent him Sh10, 000 for the purchase of uniform.

She claimed her uncle also wants her married off.

When we sought his reaction to the claims attributed to his niece, Kalan denied and said he cannot be party to such plans.

“To be sincere with you, I cannot be party to that kind of arrangement. The reason why she has not gone to school is that her mother refused to send the school fees as arranged,” he said.

Kalan confirmed Ibrahim left her home in Bangale after her father attempted to force her into marriage arrangement.

“I have many children in school, and I had clearly told her mother that it would not be possible for me to cater for her daughter’s fees,” he said.

A local human rights activist in Ongata Rongai, Jemimah Lemomo, brought into limelight Ibrahim’s problems after finding a school for her.

Lemomo said Ibrahim has been admitted to Ole Kasasi Secondary School in Ongata Rongai and the institution now wants Sh8, 000 as fees, and which cannot be raised.

Ibrahim is now appealing to well-wishers to support her education by paying her fees.

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