12- year- old girl feted at this year's Mashujaa day for outstanding bravery.

12- year- old Virginia Aoko rowed her pregnant mother across crocodile infested waters to a health facility in the dead of the night. The young girl who exhibited great bravery and determination was feted on yesterday's Mashujaa day celebration.

12- year- old girl feted at this year's Mashujaa day for outstanding bravery.
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20th October is a special day for many Kenyans who take the opportunity to celebrate their heroes and heroines, both young and old. The case was not different  for young Virginia Aoko who was among those feted, for her brave actions in yesterday's Mashujaa day celebration.

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12- year- old Virginia warmed the hearts of many when she narrated how she rowed her pregnant mother across crocodile infested waters in May 2021, in order to get her to a health facility. Her mother had gone into labour at 3am and had woken her up, writhing in pain.

Since her father was out fishing, she new she had to act fast so as to ensure her mother and unborn sibling got to the health facility safely. The class seven pupil had her mother board a boat in the dead of the night, grabbed a paddle and rowed her a 2km stretch to the health facility. With the foggy dawn weather,water hyacinth and tangled reeds, the determined girl rowed her mother to Rukala Health Centre, where the facility's nurses promptly responded and helped her mother safely deliver a baby boy.

Virginia Aoko, her mother and Ferdinand Omanyala photo courtesy

Other heroes and heroines celebrated include Ferdinand Omanyala, 100m current African Record Holder, Gregory Feter from Kiambu, Nelly Yetich from Baringo, Daniel Boswiemo from Migori and Amina Abdallah from Mombasa.