More on the teenage Kenyan girl who was gangraped and then thrown into a toilet pit, from the BBC.
They threw her unconscious body into a latrine. Her spine was broken, and the girl – referred to simply as Liz to protect her identity – is now in a wheelchair.
Earlier this year, a similarly horrific gang rape in India sparked a worldwide frenzy in social media and brought international condemnation.
Liz’s case was first reported by Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper on 7 October. “This is one of many such cases that happen in rural areas and the slums,” says Njeri Rugene, the journalist who broke the story. “People keep quiet about it – but it’s rampant.”
The men who allegedly attacked Liz – three of whom she says she knows – were
told to cut grass, then set free. The lack of punishment spurred a handful of
journalists and activists to use social media to raise awareness of the case.
The hashtags created did not get widespread traction, with #Justice4Liz getting
just a couple of hundred tweets. But in recent days, an online
petition set up by activist Nebila Abdulmelik started to gain international
How does that even happen? They broke her back – and still the cops just made them mow the lawn and that was the end of it?
I must not despair. But some of these stories…