Caroline Mwatha’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

Intro Human rights activist from Kenya
A.K.A. Caroline Mwatha Ochieng’, Carol Joshu, Carol Matha, Carol Mbeki
Was Activist 
Human rights activist 
From Kenya 
Type Activism 
Gender female
Birth 1981, Siaya County, Kenya
Death 7 February 2019, Kenya, Kenya
(aged 38 years)
Residence Dandora, Kenya
Spouse: Joshua Ochieng 

On 6 February 2019, 37-year-old Caroline Mwatha Ochieng’, a Kenyan human rights activist and founder of the Dandora Community Center (which investigates and documents cases of police killings in Dandora), went missing. Her body was found in Nairobi’s City mortuary on 12 February where it had been registered under a different name. Police reports established that she had died on 7 February. A post-mortem examination determined that she died due to exsanguination. The bleeding was caused by a rupture at the rear of her uterus, reportedly as the result of an unsafe abortion. The remains of a male fetus were still in the womb, minus a hand.

Her father and husband told reporters that they did not believe police reports, since they were unaware that she had been pregnant. Patrick Gathara of the Washington Post noted skepticism was warranted, since police had been involved with covering up the murders of human rights defenders in the past. A second independent autopsy confirmed the cause of death. Amnesty International Kenya stated: “If Mwatha was not killed by State execution, she was killed by a system that allows crude abortion clinics to exist for its failure to provide safe abortion services.”

Memorial services were held on 21 February at Uhuru Park’s Freedom Corner. They were attended by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, politician Martha Karua and Nairobi Women Representative Esther Passaris. A Requiem Mass was refused by the Catholic Church because of its opposition to abortion. The funeral was on 23 February in Asembo Bay, Siaya County near her family’s home. She is survived by her two children and a husband.

Eight people have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the abortion, which is illegal in Kenya unless the mother’s life is at risk. The clinic where the procedure was performed wasn’t licensed to operate.