Rescuing girls is my priority.

Susan Silonkoi is an Administrative Police Officer based in the Ngong Hills in Kajiado County, Kenya. Her unit works with local chiefs to rescue and protect young girls at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. As a female police officer, women and girls are more responsive to her presence. Our partner, FIDA Kenya, has provided Susan and her colleagues with training on how to handle what can often be very dangerous and difficult situations.

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“I joined the Administrative Police in 2011 and my job has taught me a lot – I’ve seen hardship that I could never have imagined as a girl. Myself and my colleagues were educated by FIDA Kenya about the implications of FGM and the scale it was happening to young girls. We heard how they are married at a young age so they are denied education and can’t get a job.

Shortly after the training, we went to rescue a 13-year-old girl. She had a two-month-old child and had been married off by her dad to a very old man. The local chief requested our assistance. We rescued the young girl and her baby – we took the baby to the girl’s mother and accompanied the girl to the Child Rescue Centre. From there, she will go to school and can continue her studies and decide her own future.

FIDA helped us to prepare for the resistance we were going to face there. The men in the community were against us but, when we got there, we knew how to talk to them and help them understand. I am a Maasai woman myself so I can help the women understand but we have to work harder to convince the men.

Rescuing girls like this is my priority – I work with area chiefs now so we can cover difficult to reach, remote areas. It is our duty to rescue women and girls and take them to FIDA for support.

Come rain, come sunshine, we will rescue these girls."


This project is funded by the UK government’s Department for International Development through the UK Aid Match scheme.
This project is funded by the UK government’s Department for International Development through the UK Aid Match scheme.