Fred Odinga has reported that he and Dan, the Executive Director of NYAWEK in Kisumu, Kenya, have been contacted to respond to the case of an intersex person who is on remand in Kodiaga Prison.
Stalla as he/she prefers to be called, because of his/her desire to live independently and to earn a decent living, went to look for a job. By then he/she had plaited his hair with long braids so Perez, his future employer, treated him as a lady with Stalla also living in fear of victimization if he ever revealed his biological condition of possessing both male and female genitalia.
For 6 months he worked successfully without any detection from Perez’s family on his identity. Unfortunately on commencing the seventh month the kids of the family began to realize that he was indeed an intersex person. They relayed the information to their parents, Stalla’s employers, that he was a hermaphrodite. The lady turned mad at Stalla and reported to the police with allegation that Stalla had bad intentions. As a result the report was treated as attempted rape by the law court of Kisumu.
Stalla, now the plaintiff, has been remanded for three months because every time he is summoned to the court, Perez his employer and accuser at the court fails to appear for the hearing. This has made Stalla suffer and live more while he is held on remand awaiting for the hearing of the case before a final ruling can be made.
While he was on remand he suffered sexual violation and abuse from fellow prisoners who realized that he had the organs of both sexes and took advantage of this. It wasn’t until a prison warder and the officer in charge realized this was happening that they intervened and helped Stalla by directing that he be put in a separate room.
The shocking news is that Stalla identifies as female but she has been put in a male remand prison! Fred and Dan are appealing for our prayers in Changing Attitude England and specifically from me since I visited Kenya and witnessed the experince and work of the groups and leaders in Kisumu at first hand.
Tomorrow morning Dan and Fred will be going to the prison to sort the issue out, if possible. They have written to say they believe they will get a break through. Fred says they really need our prayers for divine intervention to help them go through tomorrow and rescue Stalla from prison. Through our inspiration he believes that even mountains can be moved with joint efforts!
To add to the challenges faced by Dan and Fred at NYAWEK in Kisumu, he syas that a gay man was reportedly bludgeoned to death in Malindi in the coastal part of Kenya over the previous weekend in unclear circumstances. The man was interred on 24th March as is the Muslim custom. This was the second case of a gay man who was murdered having arranged a date through social networks in the hope of going to look of a new catch. It seems to be another established case following recent gay murders in the country by unknown guys who deliberately target LGBTI people, forcefully outing them when they are drunk either by themselves or with other friends.