It is with heavy hearts that Peace Brigades International Kenya joins in honouring the life and legacy of Benna Buluma, affectionately known as Mama Victor, a courageous human rights defender who has left an indelible mark on our hearts and in the human rights movement. Benna was swept away by floods caused by heavy rains while in her house in Mathare community, where she resided.

Benna Buluma embodied the spirit of resilience and fearlessness in her tireless efforts to advocate for justice and human rights, particularly in the face of extra judicial killings and police brutality. Her commitment to seeking accountability and support for victims and survivors of such atrocities was admirable.

Living in Mathare, Benna faced unimaginable challenges, having tragically lost her two sons to extra judicial killings. She channelled her grief into action, founding the Mothers of Victims and Survivors Network to provide solace and support to other mothers facing similar tragedies.

Benna will be remembered for her remarkable dedication, compassion, and courage. She exemplified the qualities of a true human rights defender, showing commitment to justice, empathy towards others, and an indomitable spirit in the face of adversity.

As an organization, we mourn the loss of Benna Buluma and acknowledge the immense gap she leaves in the human rights movement. Her legacy will continue to inspire us to persevere in our mission to promote and protect human rights, even in the most challenging circumstances.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Benna's family, friends, and all those whose lives she touched. May her soul rest in peace.