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Betrayed By My Adorable Father

I woke up one Sunday morning to prepare to go to church.I was in the midst of getting dressed when my father told me that i should accompany him to his friend.I wondered why he was asking me to accompany him alone because usually we would go together with mother.As we approached his friend's house he told me that i was old enough to get married.I looked at him with great disbelief.I was only 13 years old and in class six!i thought my father was joking i even laughed it off.When we got to his friend's house we were welcomed well.His wife had died a year ago and they and his friend went outside to talk.I was left with the children who were my friends and age mates.Something just hit me that they were going to discuss the issue of my marriage.After a while ,my father's friend came and told me that my father had left.Fear griped me but gave myself hope thinking that he would come for me later so i continued playing.As darkness set in,i got worried,i told my father's friend that i can go home alone.He refused and said i was his wife.I screamed and even tried to run but he locked the house and threatened to beat me if i continued to behave like a child.I saw this being funny because i was a child so i had to behave like one.No one heard my cries and i had to spend the night in his home.I kept hoping that mum would come for me but she never did.I stayed for another three weeks after which i lost hope that my parents will come for me again.I missed my friends at school so much i would cry myself to sleep.I wondered why my teachers were not looking for me. It was all in vain.I used to envy 'my husband's' children since they used to go to school while i remained at home to cook and wash their clothes.When my husband found me crying he would beat me and order me to shut up or else he would lock me out of his house.I paid your father alot of money to get you.One day i decided i am not taking it anymore.After everyone had left i ran away to Kristine who rescued me and took me to school.

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About This Story

  • Gender of storyteller: Female
  • Age of storyteller: Under 16 years old
  • This story took place less than 2 months ago
  • Location: Malimili Bukusi Pri Sch, Kakamega East, Kenya
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