The family of a 17-year-old Kenyan-American girl is appealing for funds from well-wishers to enable the teenager to undergo reconstructive surgery.
The girl, Sharon Morara, sustained injuries after she was allegedly shot by police while taking part in peaceful demonstrations in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 28th.
Sharon’s mother Rose Oboga told KDRTV that her daughter had accompanied her father to the streets to demand justice for slain African-American man George Floyd when the incident happened. Floyd, 52, died after a policeman attached to Minneapolis Police Department kneeled on his neck for nine minutes, an incident that sparked protests across US cities.
As they marched, police are said to have opened fire at the demonstrators and a bullet hit Sharon’s left side jaw, injuring her badly. She was taken to a hospital in Minnesota where she was treated and discharged the next day.
“I heard a sharp object pierce through my jaw and before I knew what it was, I lost consciousness and came down tumbling,” Sharon said.
The bullet left her with a cavernous wound on the left side of her mouth but, fortunately, it did not hit her teeth.
Kenyans living in the US, as well as Americans, want the incident investigated thoroughly and police officers involved arrested and prosecuted.
Sharon is an 11th-grade student at Hopkins High School in Minnesota. Her parents hail from Bobasi in Kisii County.
The family has set up a GoFundMe account (https://www.gofundme.com/f/21ofa0w16o) to raise money for her surgery.