She left Kenya to study in Dublin, three days later she’s dead, family demand answers

The deceased who left Kenya for Ireland eight months ago to pursue further studies travelled to Kenya for a one-week vacation last month, only to die three days after landing in Dublin two weeks ago.

On January 27, Brigid Jemosop, 23, from Kabargoge village in Baringo North landed at the Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi from Dublin, Ireland, where she had been for the last eight months.

She was to spend a one-week break in Kenya, before going back to continue with her Bachelor’s in nursing studies as she worked part-time.

According to family members, she was in high spirits when they received her at the airport and had spent a few days in Nairobi and Mombasa before visiting her home in Kabarnet, Baringo Central.

On February 6, she travelled to Nairobi to catch a flight the following day to Ireland, after visiting several of her relatives in her rural home.

Her mother Sarah Kandie says her last born in a family of four was escorted to the airport by her sisters and some of her relatives and had called informing them that she had reached her destination safely.

After two days, the mother of four said her daughter also called, informing her that she was at the airport in Dublin, receiving some girls from Kabarnet who were also going there for studies, and she was to host them.

On February 11, just three days after arriving in Ireland, she said that Brigid called her at around 5.08 pm, claiming that she wanted to talk to her brother, who didn’t have a phone at the time.

“I handed the phone to her brother and I sensed that something was amiss. A few minutes later, I noticed that her brother, who had moved some distance away from me, was crying and I snatched the phone and asked her what was wrong.

She indicated that she was stressed but insisted that it had nothing to do with money. She told me that her boyfriend had allegedly locked her in the house, yet she was supposed to go to work,” narrated Ms Kandie.

She also claimed that she feared for her life, alleging that the said boyfriend had earlier threatened to stab her.

According to her mother, she said her boyfriend had tried to stab her a day before. However, she insisted that she would handle the case herself.

“I informed her to call the authorities and she said she had already done so. I also advised her to inform the same student from Kabarnet, who was also living with her in the same city but she claimed she would handle it,” narrated the mother.

That was the last the family heard from her, only receiving news two days later from relatives and friends that she was no more after unsuccessfully trying to reach her on the phone.

Nation.Africa visited the family’s Kaprogonya home on the outskirts of Kabarnet town on Monday to find a sombre mood.

Jemosop’s family and relatives were in shock, memories of the one-week get-together with their daughter now lying dead abroad still fresh. What now remains are pictures they took while having fun with her at home and seeing her off at the airport two weeks ago.

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