Kenya: 83-year-old Joseph N. and his family were brutally attacked during the violence in wake of the 2007 election in Kenya. Human Rights Watch estimated at least 900 cases of sexual assaults, violence and rapes occurred in the months after the 2007 presidential election in Kenya.
Joseph’s two daughters were raped by dozens of men who also tried to force him to participate in the sexual assaults. When he refused, the men pulled out his teeth before cracking his skull, and raping him.
Hundreds of women and girls were raped during Kenya’s 2007-2008 post-election violence struggle with devastating physical and psychological health conditions, poverty, and social exclusion, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Friday. The report further states that the Kenyan government failed to provide basic assistance and redress for the rape survivors.
"They beat and raped both my daughters; so many of them. Then they told me to rape my children. I refused," Joseph told Human Rights Watch.
He added, “They hit me with a metal bar and some teeth came off. They pulled out some of my other teeth one by one. They broke my chin. They said, ‘if you don't want to do what we are telling you, you will be our wife.’ Six boys took me aside and told me to undress. I refused. They did a very bad thing to me. They made me their wife; they made me a homosexual.”
Joseph N. revealed that one of his daughters contracted HIV as a result of rape, and died in June 2014.
His second daughter never recovered from the injuries she sustained in the attack, which included being shot with a poisoned arrow, and she died in May last year.
Joseph now cares for some of his grandchildren, but has been suffering from chronic health issues since the January 2008 attack.
Violence erupted across Kenya after incumbent President Mwai Kibaki won the presidential election held on December 27, 2007.
The chaos lasted two months, and left at least 1,130 people dead and displaced up to 600,000 people in the country.