Amecet n'ainapakin (Shelter of Peace) is a ministry of Youth With A Mission (YWAM)in Soroti, Uganda. We are reaching out to HIV infected and affected children. We also are caring for new born babies, who lost their mother after the delivery. The third group of children we help, are children who need a safe place, they mostly come via the police. In this blog we want to share with you our stories, our pictures, our needs and blessings!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

22 children rescued... Part 2

It was a very different group I found at the breakfast table in Amun this morning! They were happy, smiling and talking! We let them play outside, while waiting for the police who was deciding today what to do. Amun has a beautiful play compound and they were on the swings, playing football and other ball games. They had fun!!! We made this nice group picture, together with Amos, the probation officer (left). We found out that two of them, were HIV Positive and had their ARV's somewhere in the little luggage that the group had. So I went to the police station to search through their few belongings. At 10 am they were picked to bring to the police station where they all had to give a statement. Last night the news about the group had been on the local radio, and several parents had come from the village to enquire. The police was very tough on the parents. How could they give their children to a stranger, without checking on him? The end of the story is that, several parents are detained in the police cells and the children were brought home to their village by Amos, Simon and the head of the gender department of the Police. They were given officially to the Sub-county Chief where they are from.
Only those two children remained in Soroti. This are the two children who were HIV positive and whose ARV medicines we found. Their mother is also in police and they asked us to keep them a bit longer. It is unbelievable that the mother let those two very vulnerable children go with a stranger! Salume and John are happy in Amecet and are playing around!

In between this all, we also got this small, new baby. His name is Job. His parents came both to Amecet to ask for help. The parents are both HIV+ and this little man is born premature. His weight is only 1.6 kg. They lost before this baby, two other children and they are afraid to loose Job as well. I felt we should help them, the mother is still a bit weak and now she has the opportunity to get her strength back. So Job, you are welcome in our Amecet family!!!!

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