We shall continue to pray that God saves this child and inspires a good Samaritan to come by one of these days, to get her out of the garbage heaps of Kanyanya, in the Kamwokya Suburbs of Kampala.
In the quiet suburbs of Kampala City, a mad woman has nurtured her perfectly normal 3 year old daughter by the garbage heaps for the last 5 years. She survives by scavenging on discarded food crumbs from the neighborhood each and everyday come rain or sunshine. It is amazing that while the little girl looks perfectly sane but just as dirty as her mad mother, she has never been seen to have fallen ill and here is where we think it is God who is in control of the life of this girl.
The story goes that this mad woman had been living in the area for over 8 years, but about four years ago, another mad man came and pitched camp in the area and persistently raped her to the point of causing her a pregnancy. The mad man later left the area to another part of the city, leaving this woman with an added problem of pregnancy.
She was forcefully taken to hospital by the police where she had a safe delivery but not long after that, she escaped with the little baby girl back to her territory. She has been here with her daughter who has never been immunized but continues to grow healthily and looking sound in mind. It is the little girl who directs her about and interestingly, she listens to her girl, although occasionally she is aggressive to her.
The Big question that must be answered is, where are the child protection agencies in this country? How could this be allowed to happen at this time and age in our country? Many Ugandans have lost the spirit of fellow feeling. It can be appreciated that hard times are hitting every family, but government agencies, including Non Governmental Organizations that purport to be out there for the protection of children in this country should have at least been affected or jolted into some kind of action to save this little girl.
We hope the God who has given her life under these unbelievable adversities will continue to give this mad woman’s child divine protection from diseases such as cholera, knowing what she eats, sicknesses like malaria, knowing how exposed she is every night to mosquitoes, from cold and the weather vagaries, knowing that she has neither shelter nor blanket to give her warmth. We shall continue to pray that God saves this child and inspires a good Samaritan to come by one of these days, to get her out of the garbage heaps of Kanyanya, in the Kamwokya Suburbs of Kampala.
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