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Who Will Save Baby Ryan?

Who Will Save Baby Ryan – Part 2 of Who Did this To Baby Ryan?
Story and Pictures by Omwa Ombara

A crime has been committed. There is conspiracy by the Kenyan society to deny 4-year-old Baby Ryan justice. And as his teenage mother Dorine Odipo drops out of School before completing her Form Four, Baby Ryan has now found temporary shelter at the Saidia Children’s Orphanage in Gilgil. The Children’s Department, the Police, no one is willing to talk. Who will save Baby Ryan?

Baby Ryan’s mother Dorine Odipo during the interview. Who will save my baby, she pleads.
It is a wonder that Baby Ryan’s 14 aunts and uncles and other relatives never realised that the child was undergoing such inhuman torture. Dorine was called from School by Police to go and identify Baby Ryan at the Gilgil District Hospital. She told the writer: “The baby saw me and started crying. I asked him what happened. He told me he was beaten with a belt, cut slit with a knife, on the hands and forehead. He was burnt on the hands with live matchsticks. He was bitten on the right hand and uncle. The wounds were still fresh,” says Dorine.  Baby Ryan’s stepmother, (Dorine’s brother’s wife who allegedly tortured him), is the wife of a Kenya Defence Force soldier currently fighting Al-Shabaab under Amison in Somalia. He is in the Paramilitary Unit.

Dorine Odipo (centre) , Step-sister Theresa Odipo and Step-brother Shem Odipo during the interview
But Baby Ryan only stayed in the hospital for three days before being released to the Saidia Orphanage. The Children’s Department is reluctant to release the baby to any member of Baby Ryan’s family.
Baby Ryan is unwell and needs treatment. He cannot control his bowels and he remains traumatised. He cries a lot and keeps to himself. Whenever a visitor goes into the home, Baby Ryan hides under the bed.
The 24-year old step-mother, who allegedly committed the crime, has gone underground. The police say they have to wait for Ryan’s uncle to come back from the war before they press charges on his wife. Meanwhile Dorine is under pressure from the family to withdraw the case. Dorine alleges that her soldier brother will not send her any more money for her School fees until she withdraws Baby Ryan’s case.

Teenage mother Dorine Odipo hopes Ryan will get justice. She has dropped out of School trying to find a way for Ryan.

But the Children’s Department and the Police will not release the Baby. The P3 form signed by the doctor is proof that Baby Ryan was tortured by a member of the family. But even if Baby Ryan was released to Dorine, she is under age and cannot support the child. Her own stepmother is the one who released Baby Ryan to the relative who allegedly abused him.
Ryan’s father who was a teenager of 17 when he impregnated Dorine, then 15 years and in Form Three is a layabout. He broke up with Dorine after impregnating her and they have not been in touch, says Dorine.
Dorine is stressed because she can no longer visit Baby Ryan. She cannot raise the Sh500 to go and see her son in Gilgil, She cannot travel back home either. She cannot raise Sh1200 to travel home. She is afraid to leave Baby Ryan behind. But she hopes and prays that someone somewhere can help her get Baby Ryan to hospital. She also hopes that one day she can go back to School. Who will save Baby Ryan?
See the original Story on Home Page – Who did this to Baby Ryan?


11 responses

  1. This is an outrage! I need to read the original story when I get home from work. This is hearbreaking.

    April 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    • Thanks bornattwentyfive. Hope something can bedone about this pathetic situation. Thanks for reading the blog. My heart bleeds.

      April 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm

  2. My prayers goes out to this sweet soul. May God be with all the people trying to help him.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    • Thanks Shianwrites, for stopping by. Hoping for the best.

      April 17, 2012 at 2:40 pm

  3. some people are very inhuman

    April 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    • Thanks monicahnjeri. True but we must fight against this. We must speak for the children and protect them from harm. We must not give up!

      April 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm

  4. the mother is in a tight situation here , as much as it is a family member this kinda of inhuman act of the relative who bean Ryn cannot be tolerated
    no matter how close the relationship is with the person who instigated the act it must become a court case, imagine the trauma and rejection that kid is growing to grow up in , this is bad for the child action has to be taken .

    April 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm

  5. Reblogged this on globalspk.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    • Hallo speakoutglobal. The matter will go to Court sooner or later. I just wonder though why a young girl who is only 24 can do such an inhuman act? Revenge? And then Ryan Mother, 19. Does she have a future? Thanks for stopping by.

      April 17, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      • lets continue to play our part .

        April 17, 2012 at 6:01 pm

  6. Thanks.

    April 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm

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