The story of Aniefiok and Abia
In many of our updates, many have been expressing their happiness over how beautiful and transformed our children have, but before this Beautiful transformation has always been many heartbreaking and ugly stories.
The story of two brothers (Aniefiok and Abia), who are have been with us for years is one of such hurting and heart melting ones.😢
Anefiok and Abia’s mother was outcasted by the local community because of witchcraft accusations. She was very young and she was alone with 3 little boys. Anefiok, Abia and their younger brother – an infant.
The mother and 3 boys struggled to survive. Everyday, Anefiok and Abia had to beg for food on the street because the mother had no job. She was very sick and could hardly take care of their baby brother. They had no house to stay, so they lived under some bushes. The situation was pathetic.
And not long after the family had been expelled from the village, Anefiok and Abia’s mother died. During the interview, Anefiok cried; blaming himself for not being able to keep his mother alive. He was 7 years old.
After the mother died, Anefiok and Abia buried their own mother. It is unimaginable how it must feel to be 7 years old and bury your own mother!
Now Anefiok, 7 years old and Abia, 9 years old, were alone with an infant. An infant who constantly needed breastmilk, care and protection. Anefiok and Abia did everything they could to keep their baby brother alive, but in vain. Shortly after they buried their mother, the baby died in Anefiok’s arms. At this point was the time during the interview our Director of child Development, Nsidibe Orok struggled to continue.
Again Anefiok blamed himself for not being able to protect his baby brother.😭
At just 7 and 9 years old respectively, Aniefiok and Abia again buried their baby brother, next to where they had buried their mother.
After the rescue of Anefiok and Abia the boys were very traumatized. Aniefiok was always afraid. Abia did not talk much. He was very shy.
But despite the horrible trauma, Anefiok was the one who developed most in a positive direction. He used dancing to heal so we danced alot ☺️
Abia was very different. He was very fragile and became extremely introvert.
Today, almost 7 years after the rescue of the boys, Anefiok is a very strong boy. He is a brilliant student and he loves to play football.
Abia is progressing, but slowly. He has struggled a lot with low self-esteem and with poor physical development. But this year something has happened. Abia is much more social. He smiles more and I can really see a change. He use to be very shy, but today he’s interacting and and taking part in many things. Despite has a long way to go, but thinking of his past, we are just happy to see him being able to smile and interact with the other children. And this year he has gained 7 kilo !! 💪🏿
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