Police have arrested a woman and her son after the son raped his two young cousins living with them, leading to the death of 5-year-old Kadijah Saccoh in their home in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
According to reports, Kadijah and her 8-year-old sister were living with their aunt and her son because the little girls parents were separated.
The father, Congolese Saccoh, living in the United States had been trying to take Kadijah with him, but couldn’t because a Judge prevented him from doing so as the mother was not in support.
Kadijah and her sister remained in Sierra Leone with their aunt, who is the elder sister of Kadijah’s mum.
Unfortunately, the aunt’s son began raping Kadijah’s elder sister. Reports claims that when the aunt found out that her son had raped the 8-year-old girl, she hid it from the children’s parents and treated the girl herself.
Her son then started raping Kadijah and she hid that too and tried treating the girl. Unfortunately, the 5-year-old died and the aunt tried to bury her hurriedly.
According to reports, the aunt informed Kadijah’s father’s family about the death of the girl after which she asked for permission to bury the child, but the father insisted that he wanted to know the cause of the death.
The father urged his family to take the corpse for a postmortem. The postmortem result showed that the girl was raped multiple times. The father then asked that his older daughter be taken for a test too and it showed that she had been raped too.
The aunt and her son have both been arrested and people are seeking justice for Kadijah with the hashtags #JusticeForKadijahSaccoh and #JusticeForKadijah.