In Nairobi’s slums grandmothers need self-defence classes

Warimu Gachenga, elderly slum resident: “Even buying soap is a problem”


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 ...


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