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The untold story of Nyeri’s suicide forest, trees bearing scars of death - 9 months ago, 22 June 11:37

Lydiah Nyawira

 

For years, Kiganjo forest situated along the Nyeri - Nanyuki Highway near Chaka town is considered creepy. The name sends shivers down residents’ spines.

This is due to the high number of people who commit suicide inside the forest.

Residents who spoke to The Nairobian claimed that for the last eight years, 26 people have committed suicide inside the forest. Their bodies were found dangling from branches while others, lying still on the ground.

Last year, the body of a 30-year-old man identified as David Muriuki from Kirinyaga County was found hanging from a tree.

 Muriuki hanged himself using an old bed sheet that had been folded neatly and tied in two knots.

Puzzling, however, is what led him to hang himself and why he chose to take his life so far away from home.

“The forest has several trees where the bodies have been found.  However, it is not unclear if all ...
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