NAIROBI, KENYA – This month, IJM investigators worked closely with local police to arrest an orphanage director in Kenya for allegedly raping one of the children under his care.
A 14-year-old girl, who had lived at the orphanage for nearly ten years, says the man brought her into his family's home and sexually abused her. But when she reported the abuse to other staff, no one would help. Even when she discovered she was pregnant as a result of the abuse, orphanage staff forced her to hide her pregnancy in silence.
Just before her baby was due, the girl became ill and needed care. A doctor at the local clinic suspected she was a minor and called a government social worker to protect the girl. She was removed from the orphanage, and officials called IJM Kenya for help.
IJM attorneys and investigators worked closely with local police to plan the arrest of the orphanage director, who had gone into hiding once the abuse was discovered. Police helped track him down, arrested him and officially charged him with sexually abusing a child.
Over the next few months, IJM Kenya will work closely with local authorities to build a solid legal case for court and to make sure the other orphans are safe. Meanwhile, IJM social workers have begun counseling the young girl, helping her to process the abuse and the challenges ahead.