Susan Akinyi is not an IDP but her story is equally heartrending. She sat her KCPE exams last year and scored 204 out of a possible 500 marks. Susan’s parents are poor and jobless and she was looking upon her 2 brothers to pay her school fees. Both of them were killed during the post election violence.
A sympathetic auntie however took her in and enrolled her in a local boarding High School. Just when she thought life was finally on the smooth path, her auntie passed away and her education was disrupted once again. Before her Auntie was even buried, her dormitory in school caught fire and she lost everything. Just how much can one girl take?
Her case reminds me of a story I watched on CNN not too long ago. 25 year old Peter Kithene was orphaned at 12 years of age. In the course of his short life, he has also lost six of his nine siblings. After the death of his parents, he went to live with his grandmother who was so poor that they went hungry on most days. As you can imagine, his motivation to carry on schooling was next to zero. But Peter had a dream. He soldiered on and after primary school he was accepted at
He now runs Mama Maria Clinic in