Tonight at 10pm Kenyan Time Africa Uncensored will have a documentary on KTN called Within these walls. This comes in the wake of a spate f several students committing suicide in institutions of higher learning. A girl hang herself on a balcony just last week.What is happening to Kenyan youth. Loss of hope of a good future ? This is a pandemic of despair. Whats worse is that the youth consitute majority of Kenya’s population.
The number of suicides reported in Kenya rose by 58 per cent between 2008 and 2017 to reach 421, official data reveal.
Although the number of suicide cases has been rising since 2008, the data show the lowest incidents were recorded in 2010 at 75 cases.
The report also shows that more men are likely to commit suicide than women. Out of the 421 suicide cases in 2017, 330 involved men.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that close to 800,000 people commit suicide every year, which means one person every 40 seconds. Many more attempt suicide, WHO adds.
The World Population Review ranks Kenya at position 114 among 175 countries with the highest suicide rate.
The world Population Review in its survey states that Kenya’s suicide rate is at least 6.5 suicides per 100,000 people, a figure echoed by World Health Organisation.
The countries leading in suicide rates include South Indian island nation of Sri Lanka with 35.3 suicides per 100,000 people, the eastern Europe country of Lithuania (32.7 suicides per 100,000 people) and South Korea in east Asia (28.3 suicides per 100,000 people).
This woman told her pastor that she wanted to die after inability to raise rent on several occasions.RIP