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!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Why do those innocent children have to suffer so much????

This is a question which has been asked many times and by many people, but today I asked this question again, why do those little ones have to suffer so much??
Last night, after supper, the police lady from the family affairs department came by with a little baby. They found the baby somewhere, left behind by the mother who was drinking in another drinking place. The lady was so drunk, she didn't even know the age of her child. So they put her in the police cells and came with the baby to Amecet. We were full, but what can you do, there is always place for one more!! We don't know the name, the age, nothing. The baby doesn't want to drink, we think she might be four months old? I took her this morning to the doctor, because she has a bad cough, and we started her on anti biotics. She also has a problem with one of her feet. She is coughing a lot and we try to feed her. I think this little girl has endured a lot in her short life already!! Then the next experience, which made me ask this old question again. I got a phone call on Saterday from an American nurse, who works in a mission hospital in the village. We decided to go and see how we could help and combined it with bringing Lois back to her mother and grandmother. Lois is very healthy now, gained 2,5 kg in 6 weeks and they were happy to recieve her back.

The nurse asked our help for Betty, whose picture you see here. Betty is around 4 or 5 years old, her mother looks after her and a younger child. The mother has psychiatric problems and loves her youngest child more than Betty. Betty has been thrown down by the mother and she broke her arm, the plaster put around her arm was to be removed four weeks ago. There are no clothes for Betty and her mother is most of the time gone with her little child, leaving Betty without food at home. A neighbour gives her food at times. Betty was very dirty, she can't walk and she never talks. Then there was another sad thing, Betty's hand has been burned and the scars were so bad that some of her fingers have been grown together. Seeing those fingers I just can imagine that this must have been very, very painful. I don't know how it happened, but it was not good. When we visited the hut, also this time the mother was gone with the little child and Betty was just sitting in the old wheelchair. The neighbour lady talked with us, what could we do? This is a family matter, where are the uncles, the aunti's and the grandparents, and even the father of Betty? We gave some money for transport and the neighbour lady will bring Betty to Soroti hospital tomorrow to remove the plaster. We are going to contact the Local counsellor, to come and have a meeting with the family. This is child neglection, this is a serious matter. We are willing to take Betty for a while in Amecet, but the family must be involved. My heart went out to this little girl, who was scared of us and I would love to see her smiling. This little girl has suffered so much and I pray that we can be used to change that.

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