Two families from Gakuyu village in Murang’a East Sub County are in distress after their two school-going girls went missing on May 23.

The girls who are students at Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga Secondary school left their homes on Sunday saying they were going to church but never returned home.

The disappearance of Mercy Waithera and Clarin Njeri who are both aged 17 years left their family members in agony as they have tried to trace them in vain.

Their grandparents who were taking care of the girls said they have not received any information about their girls despite making a report about their disappearance at a nearby police station.

Family members who spoke to members of the press said Waithera who is in form two and Njeri who is in form three were good friends and they used to go to church together.

They said the two were last seen at the local ACK church where they participated in a youth forum after the service.

Anne Njeri, grandmother of Clarin said they have been unable to eat or sleep well after the disappearance of the girls.

Njeri said the mother of the girl is working in Nairobi and that Clarin was under her care saying efforts to trace the girls are turning fruitless.

            “We pray that wherever the girls are, they are safe. We are fearing that our children may be sexually abused,” lamented Njeri.

The girls had left with nothing as all their clothes were intact adding that there was no issue between them or even with their other siblings.

The two are said to have mobile phones that they had been using at home but their mobile phones have been off since they disappeared.

They also noted that it appears like it was something they had planned adding that they have called all the relatives but the girls have not been to any relatives’ home.

The family members are calling on members of the public to provide any information which may lead to the whereabouts of the girls.

            “I plead with anyone who might know where our girls are to report to any police station,” pleaded Njeri.

KNA by Bernard Munyao