A woman from Wajir who was stabbed in the cheek in a domestic squabble has said she wants her husband arrested for her safety.
Fatuma Ibrahim, 32, was released from Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi on Saturday morning following a successful operation.
"I want my husband jailed because if released he may stab me to death," she said, adding the 'maslaha' Somali justice system should handle petty, not criminal, offences.
“I have lost count of the times I have experienced domestic violence but I have had to put up with regular beatings because of my children."
Ibrahim, a housewife, said she has been in an abusive relationship with the man - Mohammed Deeq - since 2000. She said she lost four teeth after several physical assaults.
Deeq was arrested and placed in police custody following the attack on January 6; the knife used struck Ibrahim's bones and left a three-inch wound in her cheek.
Ibrahim left KNH in an Amref van to Eastleigh estate where she will leave with relatives for three days before Amref flies her back to Wajir.
“She will go back to her children as we wait for justice. We want action taken against the culprit to ensure this does not happen to Fatuma or any other woman,” said her nephew Abdi Ahmed.
KNH acting CEO Lily Koros said doctors did their best to save Fatuma’s life after she arrived in critical condition. Koros said doctors will monitor Ibrahim's progress from her home.
Yasmin Mohamed, founder and CEO of the Kenya Sister's Empowerment Network said, said such incidents demonstrate the need for Kenyans to support each other.
"If our brother's home is on fire we should always contribute whether in Kisumu, Lamu or Wajir," Mohamed said.
Ibrahim was airlifted from Khorof Harar after doctors at Wajir General Hospital said they could not remove the knife as this would likely result in complications.
Amref, which promised to respond to emergency air evacuations in the northern part, flew her to Nairobi free of charge.
Wajir woman representative Fatuma Ibrahim and Wajir West Member of Parliament Abdikadir Ore footed the hospital bill.
Deeq denied stabbing his wife and told a court on January 8 he was trying to save her from attempting suicide .
The man who hails from Wajir East appeared composed when brought to the courtroom which was packed with women and human right activists .
Abdiaziz Haji, Eastern African Development Agency executive director, decried the rising number of cases of domestic violence in Northern Kenya
"I demand action from the leadership of Northern Kenya counties sothat there are no repeat-incidents," he said.
Thank you for participating in discussions on The Star, Kenya. Note that:
- Unwarranted personal abuse and defamatory statements will be deleted.
- Strong personal criticism is acceptable if justified by facts and arguments.
- Deviation from points of discussion may lead to deletion of comments.