Nancy Yatich, a girl who miraculously survived the 2020 Elgeyo Marakwet/West Pokot mudslide was among hundreds of students that on Friday, December 17, 2021, graduated from Moi University.
The Kesses-based institution was holding its 42nd graduation ceremony, and during his speech, Vice-Chancellor Prof Isaac Kosgey made a special mention of Yatich who was hit with the tragedy while in her third year of study.
The mudslide happened in April 2020.
“Nancy Yatich survived the mudslide miraculously and was transferred to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret for treatment. This is an incident that happened while in the third year but she managed to come out of the tragedy and she is here today graduating,” noted Prof Kosgey, during a ceremony that was held virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The VC noted that Moi University worked closely with MTRH and other partners to offer support to the student, an intervention that helped her fully recover and be able to continue her studies.
“She is today graduating with a Bachelors of Education – Science second class – upper division,” said Prof Kosgey.
At least 6 people died and hundreds of others were displaced following the mudslide that occurred at the border of West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet counties.
The mudslide that was occasioned by heavy rains in the region left at least 4,000 people displaced.