“As 14 years olds go to school, a 14 years old leaves for marriage.” John Wangwe.
At time Kenya is keen on abolishing retrogressive cultures such as female genital mutilation, child labour and early marriages, Nadhif Noor, a 14yrs old class seven pupil will not be going be going back to school.
It is in 2018 that a report by Education and ICT executive revealed that upto 40, 000 girls aged between 14-19 get pregnant every year in Kilifi County. This is not far from what is happening in the rest of the country. It’s a shame and shocking that cultures of early marriages are still tolerated in this country.
This is what one John Wangwe had to say:
“As schools open for third term, Nadhif Noor will not be going back to class seven, and will therefore not be registered for her kcpe whose registration started yesterday.
Ironically, so won’t be Nadhif, (pure) again, nor will she become Noor (light). Her paths have been dimmed by forced marriage to 63 year old man. Her innocence stolen away with night fgm, then wedding. (She must have been a virgin on the night before).
Her roles have changed, from a carefree playful girl like other 14 year-olds, to a 6th wife, whose roles, apart from wifely bedroom work, will be herding camels, CONSTRUCTING houses, fetching water among others.
Her dreams change from when I grow up I’d like to be a teacher, to drive, to go to the university, to work, to have own money, to something like, when I grow up, I’d like my daughters to be protected more than I was, my daughters to marry people they love, and to live free from pains of fgm.”