Woman deported and forced to marry rich old man with three wives

Woman deported and forced to marry rich old man with three wives

- A 19-year-old Sudanese lady was deported back to her country to marry a wealthy old man with three wives

- The girl was deported after the man who is a powerful figure in Sudan obtained an executive order and an Interpol warrant of arrest

- Before her deportation, the young girl was living with her relatives in Embakasi

- The police explained to the young girl that she they had detained her because the relatives had kidnapped

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19 - year-old Rebecca Aluel Garang was on Sunday, February 25 forced back to South Sudan by Kenyan authorities following an arranged marriage to a rich old man in Juba, South Sudan.

Briefly.co.za understands Aluel had run away from an old, but wealthy man with three wives and was seeking refuge in Kenya.

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The young lady manged to escape the arranged marriage after her fiancé, whom she was engaged to, sent her money for airfare and a visa to Kenya to stay with his relatives.

When she arrived in the country, she went on to live with her relatives in Embakasi where the police found her.

She was taken into detention by Kenyan police claiming she had been kidnapped by the people she was living with.

This was after the powerful man, whom Aluel's family feared disclosing his name, obtained an executive order and an Interpol warrant of arrest, in order to forcibly have Aluel deported to Juba.

On Saturday, February 24 evening, at around six, Interpol officers arrived at the Embakasi house where Aluel was staying and arrested her.

They told me they are detaining me for being kidnapped,” Aluel narrated just before she was deported.

The relatives are however crying foul wondering why Interpol went ahead and arrested her if she had been kidnapped as they claim.

Aluel’s mother pleaded with us not to allow her to return to Juba but it seems her father is colluding with the old man and Interpol, because he was with the Interpol,” her relatives say.

The relatives say they fear for her safety in South Sudan.

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“We fear that she might harm herself rather than marry the old man, or she might be whipped to death because that is usually the punishment for running away from marriage.”

Aluel's fiancé, Deng Abiem Deng, who is a doctor in Australia said he fears Aluel may be physically assaulted back at home.

Her relatives had sought the help of human rights lawyer Harun Ndubi in preventing her deportation, but he was unsuccessful.

According to the relatives, officers at Embakasi Police Station told them they were powerless because they were only holding Aluel on behalf of Interpol.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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