Madonna Cries Over Kenya’s Child Rape Case TrendyVoice

8 July 2016

Madonna Cries Over Kenya’s Child Rape Case




Nairobi - Pop star Madonna was reduced to tears
during a trip to Kenya as she listened to a man
describe how his five-year-old daughter was
recently raped by a neighbour in Nairobi's Kibera
slum.

The U.S. singer met the man during a visit to Kibera, one of Africa's biggest slums where she had gone to see how she could improve the lives
of its residents.

Trevor Neilson, who
manages Madonna's Raising
Malawi and Ray of Light Foundations,
said the rape incident was an
incredibly powerful and disturbing
conversation about the realities of
violence in the people's lives.

According to Neilson, this story brought Madonna
to tears.

The ``Material Girl'' singer, who took her four
children to the east African country, posted a
video on Instagram showing cleaning of streets,
clearing gutters and painting murals.

Madonna also met Kenya's First Lady Margaret
Kenyatta to discuss working with her charity to
scale up maternal and child health programmes
and initiatives against gender violence.

The Kenyatta's ``charity Beyond Zero'' provided
mobile clinics that offered basic health services
to Kenyans in remote areas that recently
introduced safe spaces for victims to report
gender based violence.

Madonna's basic belief was that no child, no
woman should be attacked anywhere ``Period'',
Neilson said.

``There needs to be a bright light shone on this
problem, which creates an environment that
enables the victims to come forward and forces
the law enforcement to pursue these things.''
Constance Gakonyo, the First Lady's Chief of
Staff, said the two women also discussed ways of
working together but they did not go into details.

Madonna's welcome in Kenya was in contrast to
the criticism she faced after visiting Malawi in
2013.

Madonna was accused by Malawi for expecting its
government to be forever be grateful to her for
adopting two Malawian children and contributing
to the construction of classrooms in that country.
(Reuters/NAN)




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