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!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Mensje wat ben je mooi / little person, you are so beautiful

This is baby Jennifer, a very sweet baby with Down Syndrome. Yesterday, she was brought in Amecet, when she was 4 days old. Today we brought her back to her village, to be buried.  
Monday we were asked to come to the clinic next door, there was a small baby born by an emergency Cesarean operation. The mother was very young, around 15 years, she was a Down syndrome and she was very confused. The doctor wanted us to see the baby, in case the mother would reject her, to be cared for in Amecet. We told them that is was fine, but of course, first they would try the mother (and the grandmother) to care for the little girl. But yesterday, they asked our help, the mother didn't reject the baby, but could not feed her and the baby was very weak and quite yellow. We took the baby in, tried to feed her, but she couldn't suck, so we had to give her a NG tube, through the tube we could feed her every 3 hours. She had fever and we had to give her medicines via the I.V, 
The whole story was very sad, the mother was raped and that is how she got pregnant, the delivery had had quite an impact on the young girl, and the emergency operation as well.
This morning I had just laid Jennifer before the window, in the daylight, for her jaundice, A bit later I came back to check her temperature and she was gone.........It was such a shock, just like that, gone...
I went to the clinic, next door, where the mother and the grandmother were still admitted, I talked with the doctor and they talked with the grand mother. They came to see the baby and later they brought the mother. My heart went to this young girl, she was confused, she recognized her baby, but I don't know if she realized that her baby had died. She was so young, so vulnerable, so sweet and so lost...
We talked with the doctor and they told us that she was ready to be discharged. So after we got a small coffin, Elias and I drove to their village, with the Mother and the grandmother and the small coffin with the body of  Jennifer. 
The words on the shirt of the baby are in Dutch: mensje, wat ben je mooi, it means in English: little person, you are so beautiful !!! And she was beautiful and we cared for her for only 22 hours. But she made an impression in my heart. And so did her small mother, I feel anger towards the guy who took advantage of the good trust of this young girl. There is sometimes so much injustice and so much suffering because of that injustice....

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