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Borana girl feeding a tammed antelope at their home. PHOTO/Mary Mwendwa

INDIA NURU, 12, hails from Dadacha Basa village in Kenya. She walks the short distance through unbearable hot sun to Dadacha Basa Primary School, a few meters from home. She is in Class 6. Some days, she comes across several animals on her way to and from school.

India says she would like to be a teacher because there is always a shortage of teachers in her school and she would like to make a change in her society. This will be her way of giving back to her community.

One unique thing about her is that she rescued a baby gazelle that has made her an admiration of her village. She picked up the gazelle in the field while playing in 2015 and has been taking care of the gazelle till now.

Her father, Nuru Sine, recalls how her daughter came home with a young gazelle one evening instead of homework.

“I think having the young gazelle excited her so much that sleep didn’t come easy.”

“It was evening when India came with a young gazelle. She kept clutching at gazelle and did not want anyone to take it away from her,” says the father. He told Tujipange KE that they only took the gazelle from her after she fell asleep.

India’s father says that sleep did not come easy to India that night:

“On any normal day, India would be asleep by 8pm. But on this particular day, she slept past midnight. I think having the young gazelle excited her so much that sleep didn’t come easy.”

In her free time, India feeds her gazelle, who is her best friend in the last two years. Although this area is out of network and there is no access to internet or phone calls to receive or phone games for her to play with, India is at peace with her environment. She dreams of a bright future. Her passion is her joy, her innocence is her drive and her dreams will take her far. 


Tujipange African Media