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The cry of a child

picture of ifebuche

It was a very fatal day for Ifebuche a little girl of 12years, who ran into the street screaming for help. Her loud voice drawn people of Adaloko Community in Ijanikin, Lagos, Nigeria out of their homes and stores. She has received the highest torture of her life from her Mistress who is 7months pregnant.

I went down the street to buy from one of the stores when i heard people narrating her story. She was rescued by a family who kept her behind their store till evening when the master of the house came back.

Ifebuche was trafficked and now been abuse of constant and continuous bullying by ther mistress. Her mistress have instructed her to use the incomplete bushy bulding close to the home each time she want to defeat whereas there are three water system toilet in the house. That Saturday morning (28th August, 2010), she decided to use an alternative method which was to use a polybag behind her building athen threw away into the incomplete building. She was caught by her mistress and was rudely handled. She was beaten, injuried on the head and pepper was applied into her eyes. This thrown her out of balance that she screamed and ran out of the house.

I was opportune to talk with her and discovered that she was also trafficked to Lagos, She said she is form Ebonyi state and was staying with an aunt in Anambra State, the aunty was the person who handled her over to her mistress. She said she is not sure about her parent because her mistress always tell her that it is better for her to die because she don't have father or mother. She said the aunt is not her relative but they take her as their big sister. She really wants to go back to her base.

Bullying a child unjustly is another form of child abuse. When a child is been maltreated or called name and not given joy or peace in a home. There is no how that child can be a better person in future. Child trafficking is lucrative and linked with criminal activity and corruption. It is often hidden and hard to address. Trafficking always violates the child’s right to grow up in a family environment. In addition, children who have been trafficked face a range of dangers, including violence and sexual abuse.

Ifebuche is crying for help to be united with family. If truly she is an orphan, then she need a happy home.



Emyeyo's picture


This story is truly touching. I hope someone who runs a home for orphans gets in touch with you soon.


vivian's picture

Thank You

I have made some attempt to get in touch with NAPTIP - an agency in Nigeria that deals on child trafficking. Am still following up the case to see that that she get re united home.


''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

olutosin's picture

Thanks Vivian

Just for the feelings, thanks and God's blessing....
I pray parents believe that they owe each child a duty of care even if they cant afford to love......hmmmnnnn

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town


ariniaina's picture

touching story

I sincerely wish Ifebuche will find a sweet home soon.

Thanks for visiting my blog

irmia's picture

Crisis Center

Vivian, I am touched with the story.
May God protect and help Ifebuche to find a safe way out.

BTW, is there any organization worked on trafficking in your country?
Or, is there any anti-trafficking regulation?

Vivian, I think you need to post this story on other side (as long as it will not harm you), as way to advocacy -at least to make people aware of this issue.


vivian's picture

Am following up the case

I have reported the case to NAPTIP and i was asked to find out the name and address of her mistress. I walked around the area to inspect the family. I saw ifebuche playing with her children. I then went to the woman who rescued her on that day, she told me that her mistress was informed that someone interviewed ifebuche and promised to make sure that the little girl get help from the authority or other source. She become afraid and since that she has been pleading and has change her attitude toward her. The woman said the mistress always send ifebuche to her every morning to see that she has change and will not treat her bad again.

The woman suggest we keep an eye on her and monitor her closely. She said ifebuche reported that she doesn't stay awake till 3.00am to do house chores since after that day.

I will need the contact of BTW or website so i can get in touch with them if i notice any change.

Am thinking of visiting the family to meet with her mistress and let her know that am aware of ifebuche's ordeals with her and that am keeping an eye on her. What do u think?




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