No justice for Kenya rape survivors

minor-rapeFrom MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – FEAR has gripped victims of rape and other violations a decade ago as Kenya prepares for general elections that are likely to be fiercely-contested.
Polls are set for August in the East African country, which a decade ago held a bloody poll whose outcome was contested and led to the perpetration of violations equating to war crimes.
Rape was prevalent to punish opponents in a crisis that killed up to 1 500 people and displaced 600 000.
Hate speech and rigging allegations have marred preparations for the next poll.
Sexual violence survivors continue experiencing physical and verbal abuse in their homes while government efforts have been mired in lack of transparency.
President Uhuru Kenyatta two years ago announced a fund to help survivors of historical injustices in Kenya, including those who suffered gross human rights violations during the political violence of 2007-2008.
A fund of Sh10 billion (over $96,5 million) was availed for restorative justice but it is not clear whether any victims of historical injustices, including rape, have benefited from the fund.
“There have been questions about whether the money for the fund is actually there, and concerns that the victims’ situations worsen as each day passes,” a spokesperson of Human Rights Watch said.
The rihts group has ahead of the polls interviewed some 160 men and women that were sexually violated in the 2007/08 poll in Kenya.
Human Rights Watch said a majority were too sick or traumatised or feared being stigmatised as rape survivors, to apply for compensation.

– CAJ News

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