Gladys Sananka

Gladys is a 10 year old girl that we managed to rescue successfully through the assistance of a Good Samaritan helper in her town. Gladys’ mother fled with her in search of refuge from her husband after struggling to shield her daughter from the horrors of FGM and trappings of forced marriage. Her father displayed great animosity towards her mother because she had accepted the Christian way of life and attended church regularly every Sunday. Gladys’ mother was the only woman in the entire village who had accepted Christ as her Saviour and as a result faced a lot of condemnation and was shunned by her extended family.  Her husband was enraged by the attempts of his wife to introduce Christianity into his home and community at large.

With the intention to hurt and humiliate his wife, Gladys’ father wed two other women and gave them the authority to belittle and disrespect her even though she was the first wife. It became increasingly difficult for her to maintain her Christian faith in the midst of the persecution she was facing as a result of living amongst unbelievers.

After some time, Gladys’ mother together with all her children was cast away by her husband and had no choice but to return to her parents’ home. Her new life as a single mother was full of challenges because her parents were too old and poor to provide any support, both financially and otherwise. However, she had ran out of options and had to stay with them regardless of the less-than-ideal living conditions. Sadly, all her children dropped out of school and even spent days without food as it got more difficult to sustain their basic needs and upkeep.

Three months after their expulsion, Gladys’ father reappeared demanding to take Gladys and her elder sister and forcibly put them through the FGM practice and subsequently marriage. Their mother put up a strong and admirable fight but unfortunately he got away with Gladys’ elder sister and forced her to undergo the FGM ordeal just to spite and hurt his first wife. Seeking to protect Gladys from having to suffer like her older sister, her mother ran with her remaining daughter to the nearest shopping centre and sought aid from kind strangers. Consequently, word reached out to us and we managed to liberate Gladys from the threat that was hanging over her head. Gladys was understandably in a state of confusion and great emotional trauma over the events that had transpired with her family. Although Gladys is relieved to be safe, the memories of her elder sister and her suffering constantly haunt her. She cannot fathom how her father could have such deep hatred for her and violate her sister by subjecting her to such an invasive and cruel ritual.

Gladys is now faring much better; she is slowly putting on some weight and has exhibited a marked improvement in her health from when we first found her. Her mother is solely taking care of the remaining siblings, 4 boys, as well as her aging mother. She is determined to provide the best care she can to her family despite limited resources. We are still in the dark about Gladys’ elder sister’s whereabouts as no one knows where she was taken after the FGM ritual was performed. The children’s office in Narok town is handling the case.

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