Those four days, especially in Mandera, where bodies decompose faster due to the heat, would notionally be the crucial difference between obtaining strong evidence about her death, and her death becoming yet another mystery to be whispered about. The operative word there is notionally. So much already stands between deaths and investigations in the North, that you’d have to presume that a standing procedure in determining causes of death in the North exist. Dr. Mchana’s role in the traditional chain of evidence is just one link; important, but ultimately of little use if it is disconnected from every other link of information that it should be. With claims of extrajudicial killings being on the rise in the counties of the north, this is an all too familiar reality. The story of Asnina’s disappearance, then death, then the treatment of her body afterwards tells us why.
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