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'I was told to kill my disabled baby'

Last edited 27th September 2018

'I was told to kill my disabled baby'

Lydia Njoki's youngest child Samwell, who has epilepsy and physical disabilities, would not be here if some of her family had their way.

Her own grandmother went as far as suggesting how she could kill her baby.

"She told me to insert needles into Samwell's veins - that they would kill him slowly and no-one would know what had happened," she said.

The 56-year-old mother-of-four lives in Narok County, Kenya.

"People said I was cursed, that's why I got a child with a disability," Ms Njoki said.

Many a night, she cried herself to sleep: "I hated myself and asked God, why me?"


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