In the last blog, I wrote about the girl that was brought by the police because she was found in town. The next day she was not feeling well, she had a fever, so I took her for a blood test for malaria. That came back positive, so we started the treatment for malaria. She was not happy, crying and isolating her self. We had a language problem, she only spoke Luganda, all our children speak Atesso, only some staff members speak some Luganda. So I asked those staff to talk with her to assure her that we will find her family. But all in all, I had also questions by her story. Suddenly in the afternoon, when Elias talked with her, she said she had an uncle in Soroti, then she knew the telephone number, we tried to call, but there were network problems. At the end we decided to go with her to the police and then try together to find the house of the uncle. The girl remembered (suddenly) a lot of details! The police went with us and we drove to the place where the house of the uncle was suppose to be. The neighbours came directly and started to talk in Luganda as well. The bottom line is that the girl lives there herself with her mother, she had ran away on Thursday and the mother has a shop in the market. We had to give the child direct to the mother, so we all went to the market and found the mother. She had been worried and had been looking for her. This is again a fact that you should not go on the first story, but keep room for a second or third version of the story. The girl had been lying all along, she did understand Atesso, even her home language is luganda. But now she is home with her family again, on treatment for malaria and the police will follow this up, our work is done.
We are worried about John Michel, the boy I wrote about in my last blog. We had to give him a NG tube, because he refuse to drink or eat. He has a lot of pain in his abdomen. Today we will go for an ultra sound.