22 May 2019

Kenya: Mashemeji Derby Reunites Three Missing Children With Their Families

Three missing children have been found and reunited with their families within 24 hours after their information was shared before the kick off of Sunday's Mashemeji derby between AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia.

Each of the players who started the match from both sides entered the pitch holding huge portraits of the missing children as a way of creating public awareness about missing children around the country.

Three of those children, Prudence 'Gloria' Khavugwi, 11, who had been missing for three weeks, and Chantel Gift Osebe, 13, and Evamariserah Murugi, 16, have since been reunited with their families.

FOUND SAFE

"KPL is delighted to learn that three children whose photographs had been carried by AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia players have since been found safe and reunited with their families," the Kenyan Premier League said in a statement.

The players' gesture was made possible through Missing Child Kenya, a community-led portal that works with organizations and individuals in the child protection sector and the public to help share information on missing children using various media platforms and increase search efforts at no cost to the affected families.

The Mashemaji derby gesture was a departure from the global tradition of players entering the pitch accompanied by child mascots.

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