Very regular, we get children in Amecet, who are brought by the Police. This week we got on three different occasions, three girls, they were all in the age of 3-4 years old. They were found in town...
One girl, was found in the centre of town, walking by herself. She didn't know where she was from, only they got her name, Joyce. The Police brought her to Amecet and in the meantime did a radio announcement and hopefully someone who knew Joyce, would alert her parents.
The second girl, around 3 years old, was left behind by her mother in a local bar. The people didn't do anything at first, they thought the mother would come back. But when she didn't comeback after 3 days, they brought the girl to the Police, who brought her to Amecet.
They both came 4 days ago, and no one yet came for them. So we felt we have to do something ourselves as well to trace their relatives. We made posters with their pictures. Simon went this morning to hang several around town.
This is on an electricity pole, in the neighbourhood where Joyce was found.
He put them on sign boards.
On bulletin boards, where people come, to read announcements.
This is the local bar where the other girl was left by her mother.
Near the hair saloons, where many people come and sit.
And yes, Simon was still hanging them, while someone approach him, he knew one of the girls on the poster. he knew the parents of Joyce. Simon got the telephone number and called the mother. The mother has been looking around for her daughter, for days... He told her to go first to the Police, to get a letter and then come with that letter to Amecet. So we had a happy reunion, they went back home happy!!
The third girl was brought today by the Police, that was an easy case, within 2 hours the parents came to collect her with a letter from Police. The girl had been playing with other children and escaped, then she didn't know anymore how to go back home.
It is quite traumatic for the children to get lost, brought to the Police and then come to a home with many strangers, even Muzungu's (white people). But we do see the children start playing and enjoying themselves while they are here. We do hope and pray for the one girl left by her mother in that bar, that someone knows a relatives or so. We even don't know her name...... When she came she was very weak, we took her to the doctor and she had a serious malaria. We started treatment, and we hope we can resettle her as well to her own people.