St. Kizito

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St. Kizito was a coeducational boarding secondary school[1] in Kenya in Akithii Location, Meru County. It was named for Saint Kizito.

Mass rapes and murders[edit]

On 13 July 1991, over 70 girls were raped and 19 killed[1] at St. Kizito school. After supposedly declining to participate in a strike organized by the boys at the school, the girls' dormitory was invaded by male students and the chaos began. Initial and angering reports from the headteacher included comments that the boys had not intended to hurt the girls, but "only wanted to rape".

The school was closed[when?] after the event as international outrage erupted on the treatment of women in Kenya and other African nations.

The school was later renamed St. Cyprian Secondary School.[when?]

On 28 March 2006, mass rapes again occurred against Kenyan schoolgirls, this time in the central district of Nyeri. An estimated 15 girls were raped as they staged a nighttime protest march for better living conditions.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff (15 July 1991). "Boys at Kenya School Rape Girls, Killing 19". Reuters (via The New York Times). Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  2. ^ Staff (28 March 2006). "Kenyan Schoolgirls Raped on March". BBC News. Retrieved 21 May 2016.