A Kenyan man named “Mark Njoroge” has been in worried and shadow of his former self since losing his 9-year-old son identified as “Ryan Njoroge Mariga”. Ryan was mauled to death by packs of hyenas in kenya.
The remains remains of Ryan will be buried on Friday, September 23, 2022 in Nyacaba village, Juja Constituency,Kiambu County.
Ryan met with his death when he stepped out of the house and his father did not know, that was the last time he would see his only son alive.
Hours later, all they could find was the clothes of his son and a piece of rib and a spinal cord in the middle of a shrub a few metres from the family’s house.
On that black day, Mr Njoroge was sitting on his couch watching news on TV and helping Ryan to complete his mathematics assignment before retiring to bed. Ryan’s mother, Florence Njoroge, had already left the house for work.
Mr Njoroge became so worried because the boy had stayed outside for too long and he couldn’t hear from him. He stood up and peered into the dark as he called out his son’s name several times, to no avail.
“His father wondered where he had gone because he was nowhere near the homestead,” said the boy’s grandfather, James Kimani.
Alarmed, Mr Njoroge walked to neighbouring homesteads to check whether Ryan visit any of their neighbors, but he couldn’t find the boy.
At around midnight, Njoroge returned to his house with fear of wild animals that surrounded the area and vowed to continue the search of his son at sunrise.
The next day, his fellow villagers joined in search of the missing boy. One team among them was dispersed to the nearby town of Malaba, while another combed through a nearby quarry as other young people shared images of Ryan on social media.
About 10am, a piece of cloth belonging to Ryan was discovered in a nearby quarry. So the villagers continued searching, but reality dawned on them that Ryan was no more as they went deeper in search of him in the bush. All they could find were a few bones of human being belonging to Ryan.
Shocked and upset by the horrific incident, the angry villagers set the bush ablaze in an effort to chase away the set of hyenas.
“About four hyenas ran out of the forest. We were really scared when we saw them and we wanted to kill them but they ran away,” said Margret Wanjira, a neighbour who has lived in the area for over 30 years.
When the National Kenya team visited Njoroge’s house, he would barely speak. His father, Mr Kimani, explained the daunting task ahead of them.
A postmortem on Ryan’s remains was carried out in the presence of officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and a representative from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). The DNA of the remains matched those of Ryan’s parents.
Ryan’s family said they had not received any assistance from the authorities.
“The KWS officers only come to the home and leave. They have not officially communicated to us on any assistance in the burial plans. We are just waiting,” Mr Kimani said.
This year, Hyena mauling cases have been on the rise in Juja. It could be recalled that few months ago, Robert Mwangi, 35, a labourer at a local quarry, was also attacked by the animals as he walked home in Athi village. His dismembered body was discovered by neighbours in a nearby bush.
Residents of the area told the Nation that they were worried about the beasts.
“It is a sad state of affairs that there are people paid to take care of these animals but they do not do it,” said Maina Kariuki, who has lived in the area for over 30 years. We have shown them where they hide, why can’t they just come and drive them out of the village”.