June 26, 2017

In Nairobi slums, grandmothers learn to defend themselves

NAIROBI, 21 August 2013 (IRIN) – Wairimu Gachenga, 70, lives in Nairobi’s Korogocho slum and looks after the two orphan children of her late daughter. Once a week, a group of grandmothers from the area get together to practice self-defence techniques after one of them was raped in 2007. “I started the self-defence classes because men used to rape us, so we saw the need of coming together as grandmas. And at first we did not know how to defend ourselves. “I’ve never been raped. But one day my son was attacked. And they really hurt him. They cut him ...

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