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!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

We found the mother of Susan....

 This little girl was brought to Amecet by the Police on August 2. She could say her name, she was called Susan. She had been moving around with a lady, who some people said that she was her mother and some said she was not... Very confusing, Susan said that her mother was selling fish, we tried to ask if she knew where, she said some places and our Social workers, Simon and Elias went checking around. We put her picture in the local newspaper, we ran radio messages on the local radio station every day, after the news, for one week... No one reacted on this, we found the lady she had been with, we visited the village of the lady, there we heard that Susan was not the child of that lady. Simon and Elias tried to gather information from the community and they went around to hang posters, but even those posters did not bring any more information...
Susan was doing well, after treating the bad malaria which she had, when she first arrived in Amecet, she was strong and healthy. She was happy playing with the other children and was quite a naughty girl..
Our Social workers felt that the key person was still the lady she had been moving with, before she came to Amecet. So they asked around, but the lady was gone, no one had seen her since.. the Police was also involved and was also looking out for the lady. Then last week, Elias got a phone call, we were in the middle of something, but he said, I have to go, someone called that they saw the lady.... So he ran away, picked the police  and went to the  person who just spotted the lady. the police arrested her and she was brought to the Police station. She had been telling many lies before and her story had changed at least 2 times, but after one night in the police cells we got at last the real story....
The lady had had a relationship with the father of Susan and when she left hm, she had taken Susan with her. The mother lived separated from the husband. It was a place quite far from Soroti, but the next day, Elias went to investigate. He found the father and also (separated) the mother and the siblings of Susan. There was no doubt that this were her brother and sisters, they all looked alike!
This is her mother (left behind) and her brother and 2 sisters. The mother had been looking for her, but had no idea that Susan  was all the way in Soroti. The role of the father is a bit strange in the whole story... Elias told them to come to Soroti the following morning.
 And so they did, Susan was so happy to see her mother again!! Elias went with them to the Police to clear everything and we were able to release Susan, back to her parents.

This was one of the most  confusing tracing stories we have until now. It has been a lot of talking, travelling and searching, but it is all worth while when you see the smile from Susan and her mother.
Well done Simon and Elias!!!

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