Will Survivors of Sexualized Violence in Kenya See Justice?

News out of the International Criminal Court does not bode well for Kenyans seeking justice six years after the country’s violent post-election crisis.

Sitting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s trial for crimes against humanity was set to begin February 5, but has been delayed at the prosecution’s request for additional time to gather evidence after one witness withdrew and another admitted to providing false information. Instead, the ICC will hold a hearing to consider the prosecution’s request for a three-month adjournment and Kenyatta’s request to have the case thrown out altogether. He claims innocence in the face of various charges against him: murder, deportation or forcible transfer, rape, persecution, and “other inhumane acts.”

Kenyatta is accused of financing a local Kikuyu militia that carried out attacks against ethnic Luos in the aftermath of Kenya’s 2007 presidential elections. The politically motivated violence resulted in the deaths of at least 1,500 and the displacement of 300,000 civilians, according to IRIN, the UN news service. In the midst of these tribal clashes, sexualized violence was also reportedly widespread. According to the Afya Kenya Foundation, a nonprofit health outreach organization based in Nairobi, approximately 1,700 men took part in raping an estimated 600 women in Nairobi alone, the majority of gang rapes involving no less than three men.

Continue to full article, which originally appeared on Women Under Siege.

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