Defiled

On the International Women’s day, I wanted to write a beautiful post on how empowerment women all over the world is bearing fruits. Then on a second thought , I decided to wait out and see how my day would turn out and therefore have a more personal thing to write about. By night fall, my day was still pretty uninteresting with a few ‘Happy Women’s Day’ here and there. Then something happened. I watched a story on one of Kenya’s leading local News Station titled JUSTICE DEFILED(video below).

I have never felt so disappointed in my life. These were stories of young girls who had been sexually assaulted by people they once knew and still justice had not served its course. Children as young as eight years old having their whole lives change painfully. One raped by her teacher, another by a relative and another with her father. How dare we say that the society has evolved for the better.

As much as you may want to dismiss it, how many people do you think are living out there this way. You may want to come to the conclusion that this is after all a developing country a ‘Third world nation’ where it is an expectation for people to live this way but even in the developed world people still live in hushed murmurs not able to vent their frustrations and pain to the world. They are forced to deal with depression and stay mute. Such a shame!Image result for reported sexual assault numbers globally

Make sure to note that even though most of the assaults are against women, It goes both ways with men and young boys also being subjected to rape, sodomy and sexual assaults. Transgender individuals too have been harassed, bullied and left to rot on their own. Seriously Rape is RAPE no matter who the person is and it is just wrong.

And to think someone once associated the clothes we wear with sexual assault. As Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says in her book Dear Ijeawele,”Clothes have absolutely nothing to do with morals”. It is absolutely wrong to rape period.

http://www.carbonated.tv/viral/project-unbreakable-victims-quote-their-rapists-and-assaulters

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I could never understand how someone survived this, I have never been there. But I fear that it may happen again and this time it might be ME

Therefore I take a step for these people because as much as I want to, I cannot allow myself to sit at the back and watch this happen. I may not be changing much but in my little way of changing the world I say ‘LETS FIGHT RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT‘ and ‘ Let justice be served’. And to all those in this kind of situation I wish you peace in your little corner of the world.

via Daily Prompt: Murmuration

The dark ages of Colonialism.

Rebuild

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~Statue of Dedan Kimathi, MauMau fighter~

“Colonialism. The enforced spread of the rule of reason. But who is going to spread it among the colonizers?”
Anthony Burgess
Colonialism. It just never leaves my mind. It is said that the mere purpose was to teach the natives English, proper etiquette and book keeping and we all know that it isn’t rue. I still don’t get their cruelty to the people in the land. I get that colonialism had positive and negative effect but to beat someone so bad just because you are developing their world doesn’t make sense at all.

 

My great grandmother tells tales of when we were being colonized. She worked at a settlers farm. It is heart breaking. First they grabbed lands and forced the natives to move to squatters.They were beaten and paid poorly and forced to pay taxes to the ‘Bwana’. If you happened to oppose them, they would come for your family at night. Ransack the whole house and maybe even take the man of the house. If you are lucky they return to you but in bad shape, bruised and wounded and if you are unlucky like most others, your husband may never come back to you at all.

The girls were raped and mistreated and others got pregnant. They gave birth to biracial kids who were hated by the others since it represented the sins of the mother. But only the mothers could understand to love a child who is a result of pain and suffering. The ones who tried to fight were rounded up and put in cells and if you got away you had to live in exile. With it came education and alas they were able to defeat them. Aha, Independence at last. Sweet victory, but for the common man and woman it was just freedom from slavery. The home guards loyal to the colonizers took home big houses and grabbed lands. I guess freedom isn’t freedom after all.

And after everything, we were free and we still struggle to build and rebuild the broken homes and hearts and a developed nation. Even though we may never get justice we pray that our independence justifies us. I am so glad it is over.