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Bravery of Form Two Girl Among 230 Feted Heroes Earns President Ruto’s Recognition During Mashujaa

Bravery of Form Two Girl Among 230 Feted Heroes Earns President Ruto’s Recognition During Mashujaa

Heroes came in all shapes and sizes on Mashuja Day this year as President William Ruto feted 230 men and women.

After saving the lives of 140 students earlier this year, a diminutive sixteen-year-old brave Girl was named one of Kenya’s national heroes.

Sylvia Cheptowot Losorekow was on the bus that was attacked by bandits as students returned to school from a field trip in Elgeyo Marakwet in February of this year.

The brave girl’s actions earned her a place on Kenya’s list of national heroes after her voice saved the lives of 140 people aboard a bus attacked by bandits.

The public’s attention was drawn to reports of a bandit attack on a convoy of three buses transporting high school students in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The bullet-riddled bus demonstrated the gravity of the ambush, which killed the bus driver and injured scores of students.

Sylvia, 16, was one of the girls on that fateful bus on that particular day. Her two legs were fractured and broken during the attack.

She recalls a memorable trip to Lake Baringo,  moments she shared with her classmates on their way back to school

Unaware that the colorful atmosphere would soon be shattered in the most dramatic way, bandits ambushed the bus and opened fire.

Sylvia, who was confused, bleeding profusely, and terrified of the students’ now dangerous situation, did the only thing she could think of in those critical moments.

She had the attackers speaking in a language she could understand, the Pokot language.

Sylvia screamed and spoke in the language, pleading with bandits not to kill the students because they were all Pokots.

As the bandits abandoned their Deadly Mission and fled, those words saved the lives of the students on the bus and the other two in the convoy.

Sylvia and the other students were evacuated from the scene of the deadly attack and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

She spent three months in the hospital and four months at home recovering, but the road to recovery has not been easy.

The student has since had another operation to repair the metal plate in her leg. She is going through this because her family’s background is poor.

Her father was killed a month before the incident, which she mentioned during the incident.

She is now dependent on the Goodwill of a high school for support but admits that adjusting to life on crutches has been difficult.

She will have to redo her form two studies because she has lost nearly seven months as a result of the injuries sustained in the attack.

She insists she will not be hesitant to speak up again in a similar situation.

Bravery of Form Two Girl Among 230 Feted Heroes Earns President Ruto’s Recognition During Mashujaa

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