IJM Kenya: Abusive Police Officer Arrested After Two Years in Hiding

NAIROBI, KENYA – More than two years after Derek* felt the pain of a police officer’s metal rod across his body, the high-ranking officer who allegedly beat him was finally arrested for his crimes and will stand trial later this year.

“There is a change occurring in these extremely hard cases of holding police accountable,” says IJM Kenya Field Office Director Shawn Kohl. “We have hope that the result will be justice for the poor.”

Brutally Beaten in His Own Neighborhood

Freed Kenyan Father No Longer Fears Life Imprisonment

NAIROBI, KENYA – With a single gunshot, Zakayo’s life changed forever.

Just minutes before, the young father had climbed into a crowded bus at the end of a long workday in Nairobi. His wife, Joyce, and four children were waiting at home.

But when the bus driver abruptly announced he was raising the fares, passengers around Zakayo began protesting and spilled out angrily to the street. Nearby police fired warning shots to gain control of the crowd, and Zakayo was hit in the leg. He spent the next two and a half months recovering in hospital.

Here’s How an Arrest Can Happen in Kenya

NAIROBI, KENYA – Verity’s* mother immediately sensed something was wrong. Just home from the market, she found her 7-year-old clutching a small coin, terrified.

Verity bravely shared where she got the money: She said her father raped her that morning and bribed her silence with the coin, and that he threatened to beat her if she spoke out. Even more shocking—she said this was not the first time.

It was any mother’s worst nightmare. She quickly brought Verity to the police and to the hospital, but it would be six long months before the father was arrested.

IJM Kenya: Justice Secured for Libby, Now a Young Mom

NAIROBI, KENYA – Libby’s* life was upended when an older relative sexually assaulted her in their impoverished Kenyan community. Though he tried to cover up the attack, Libby bravely testified against him and kept the baby born from the abuse.

This week, Libby’s attacker was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Now, this young mother can build a new, safer life with help from IJM Kenya and her family’s faithful support.

Scared into Silence after Multiple Attacks