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!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The day of the abandoned baby's..

This morning Simon got a phone call from the Police in Kaberamaido, a neighbouring District, there was a little child found, abandoned by his parents under a tree, if we could take the child, while they were trying to trace for the parents. It is always so sad to hear that a child is just left behind, whatever the reason might be, how desperate the mother might have been, you can't just let a little child behind! So Simon, Carmen (Dutch volunteer) and I hopped in the car and off we went! while we were driving, Simon told us that he received another phone call, from the same Police officer, there was another abandoned child, in the same District!!
We went to the Police station, about 1,5 hour drive, and picked the Officer of the family department and another Police officer and went to the home where they kept the first child.
 It was a small boy, maybe 1,5 to 2 years old. We got the story that the man in the blue shirt, heard the child crying and he went to look, it was a short distance of his home. He found the little boy, sitting under the tree on his own. he doesn't talk. Nobody saw his mother or father or anyone they don't know in the neighbour hood. They treated his skin rashes, but when nobody came to look for the child, they went to report to the Police.
 Carmen took him in the car, we saw one smile and then he slept. He didn't mind us, he just was okay with us, that is not a good, healthy sign, he doesn't know us, so he should have been scared for us!
then we drove on to the next child, this was a baby of maybe 2 months old......
There was a big crowd of people gathering around the car. I got the little crying baby in my arms, people were upset that the mother left the baby behind and they were happy for us to take the child. They knew Amecet and were glad that we would care for the baby. 
It was a beautiful baby boy, with a sad story, the evening before a young lady came with the baby in one of the little restaurants in the trading centre. She took a cup of tea and asked a young girl to hold her baby, while she went to get some airtime for her mobile phone. She jumped on a motor taxi and disappeared. They traced the taxi driver and he told them that she stopped him in the next trading centre and took off. No where to be seen...It really hurts me that a mother can leave her little baby behind like that. How can we find her or her family? She might be from far, nobody had seen her before, this little child will never known his family... 

We took pictures of the children in the clothes they were found in. We will put pictures in the local newspapers, maybe someone will recognise the children and contact the Police or Amecet. We gave names to the them, every child should have a name.. the bigger boy we call Edward and the baby got the name Daniel.              

Baby Daniel got a bath, a bottle and was sleeping in a nice clean bed. Edward also got a bath, and new clothes, he is scared now, he still doesn't talk, he seems to be traumatised. Tomorrow we will take them to the doctor for a checkup, please pray for those little ones........