- The 12-year-old girl said her love for education pushed her to walk away
- Her mother wanted to marry her off in exchange for property
- This was after cattle died due to drought in the region
- Her sisters were also married of at a young age and are now mothers
A 12-year-old girl from Kajiado West, rescued by PCEA Girls Rescue Centre walked for 30km in an effort to escape early marriage arranged by her parents.
The class Five pupil at Oltinka Primary School in Kajiado West opted to undertake the risky journey because of her love for education.
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The brave girl said she did not want to end up like her sisters, who were married off at a tender age, Kenya News Agency reported.
My sisters, who are all young mothers, could not escape early marriages and I have vowed to break the culture, she said.
I want to fight poverty and raise money for my younger siblings to go to school,added the girl.
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She said her father died and their cows, which were their only source of livelihood, perished during the drought hence her mother wanted to be marry her off to get some property.
My mother had told me she will marry me off to get some property, including cattle, that will enable her to take care of my siblings since we do not have much at home,she said.
The rescue centre manager Charles Maina said the trend of marrying off young girls and female genital mutilation (FGM) in Kajiado West was worrying after rescuing 11 girls.
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He said rescue efforts are often frustrated when the community resolves to settle such matters traditionally.
The child is left to suffer in silence because traditions do not favour of the victims, he said.
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