Villagers shocked as two children are found confined on a rope outside their house as parents go to work
Written by Leonard Wamalwa
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The four years old child tied with a rope: [PHOTO|Leonard Wamalwa|WestFm]
Residents of a village in Trans Nzoia West district woke up to a rude shock when they found a four-year old baby girl tied with a rope hanging on the roof of their house while her two-year old sister stayed around her as their parents went to work.
The villagers of Chemichemi 'A' village in Bidii location of Trans Nzoia West district described the act as torture of the highest order. The rope restricted the child from sitting down and thus could only move around with it until the time their parents would come back.
No sign of food was spotted around left for the two minors. The child told onlookers that they had not had any breakfast before their parents left and no food was left for them.
A female police officer (L) with her male colleague(R) as they untied the baby from the handcuffs.
The child's two hands were both tied round the wrist and the rope that seemed to have earlier on been used to tie animals like goats or sheep was tied on a pole on the roof of the house in a way that could not allow her sit down.
Speaking to reporters at the scene, area village elder Samwel Makoma said that he had been notified by a passerby who saw the child tied with a rope hanging from the roof of the house hence immediately visited the house and found the two children helplessly looking at the rope which they could not untie on their own.
"This is a unique happening that has never been experienced in my village and the parents should be arrested and be charged for child abuse," said the village elder.
He said that the child had said that it has been a trend by their parents who have always been tying them there as they go out to seek for casual jobs.
Police officers talking to the children before rescuing them from their parents captivity.
The village elder who did not immediately establish the names of the parents said he knew them as casual laborers who look for day jobs in the farms or people's homes.
The children were later rescued by police officers who took them to a children department for care as their parents were being sought for.
Onlookers speculated that the parents might have done that to ensure the children do not roam and stray into other people's homes while forgetting that the confinement exposed more dangers to their children.