Need: Moses The Survivor
HARMFUL SOCIAL PRACTICES: IT’S EFFECT ON CHILDREN
MOSES THE SURVIVOR
ACECAM, a non-governmental organization based in Cameroon is dedicated and committed to improving the lives of women, girls, children, domestic workers and families impacted by violence and insecurity. As part of its activities, it seeks to change and transform the lives of those who have been affected by harmful social, cultural and traditional practices. ACECAM penetrates into rural communities and bring out hidden stories for public attention. In one of our field work we came across Moses and through his sister, we bring to you his story.
INTERVIEWER: EVELYNE ONARI (Executive Director-ACECAM)
NARRATOR: BERSHU VICTORINE the ‘sister’
Town: Kumbo-Bui Division, North West Region
Country: Cameroon-Central Africa
In September 2004, at about 4:00pm, the grand mom of Mr Njong a native of kumbo from Cameroon went to the pit toilet to respond to nature. To her greatest surprise, she heard the cry of a baby in the toilet. She exclaimed and her son’s wife Mama Rosemary Njong rushed to the scene. Rose Mary, after hearing the cry, raised an alarm to alert the neighbors. In less than an hour, through join effort the baby was rescued with maggots all over him. It was a pitiful site; an unbelievable incident. Neighbors could not imagine how heartless a woman could be to abandon her own baby in the toilet. The child was rushed to the nearest hospital. It was a baby boy. Unfortunately, maggots had destroyed the baby’s eyes.
The police were alerted about the situation and immediately investigations began. Three days later, the mother of the abandoned boy was arrested. She said social and cultural stigmatization forced her to carry out this abominable act against her own flesh and blood.
Despite Mama Rosemary’s multiple responsibilities of caring for her 7 children, she accepted to bring the baby to her home as her adopted 8th child. Just as MOSES in the Bible from the book of Exodus means “I pulled out of water”, Mama Rose Mary pulled her baby from the toilet and so she named him MOSES.
CHALLENGES MAMA ROSE AND FAMILY FACED
Moses spends most of his day crying because it is difficult for him to move and play with his peers.
At the sight of MOSES most children will scream and run away.
He also had series of home accidents; falling from the bed, veranda, hitting himself on different objects.
Moses needs a special diet and medical care which is very difficult for the family to provide because many children.
To enroll him in the integrated school for the blind Kumbo was a mighty challenge for Mama Rosemary. Now Moses being so intelligent in primary school had been promoted to secondary school (middle school) but money to pay the fee is not there.
MOSES NEEDS HELP IN THE FOLLOWING AREA:
EDUCATION (fees, transportation, special writing material,)
BASIC NECESSITIES (clothing, food, eye glasses
An unconfirmed story reports that MOSES’ biological mother got pregnant in the city of Douala where she was driven from the house. Due to shame and stigmatization she came to Kumbo was squatting with friends. She was being rejected by her family and community because of an unwanted pregnancy. ACECAM is posing the following questions:
What responsibilities do parent have when confronted with such situations?
What aspect of social, cultural and traditional practices do we need to wipe out in order to avoid such situations?
We at ACECAM are appealing for your generous support to help bring hope to a hopeless situation. We have many of such cases that we have been trying to put a smile on their faces. Please join us in our fight to help so many MOSES’ out there have new meaning about life