She has always been timid all her life and men have used this as an opportunity to exploit her and she finds herself where she is today with two fatherless kids.
It all started when Susan lost her mother. Her elder sister asked her to come and live with her in Buea. Susan had completed primary school but her mother was sick so she couldn’t go to secondary school. When she went to Buea her sister sent her to learn to become a seamstress. Susan was living in a compound where there were many tenants including young boys. Her elder sister gets up and goes to farm everyday as that was their only means of survival, Susan gets up after completing house chores and goes to work. These boys have monitored their life style and decided to take advantage of her. One morning after Susan’s sister had gone to the farm and the kids to school as she was preparing to step out, she heard a knock at the door. It was their neighbor’s son, he said Susan, you know I love you why are you treating me this way? Before she knew it he was on her body on the chair and threatened her not to shout or tell anybody what had happened. she was afraid and could not tell her sister. The second week a different neighbor’s son did the same act to her and she was completely depressed. At the end of that month she never saw her period and that is how she carried a nine months child without a father because none of them accepted to assume responsibility.
Life became more difficult for her and there were times she breastfed the baby without eating. I came to know about Susan’s story when I was looking for a nanny to take care of my kids. After hearing this entire story, I still made-up my mind to take her with her eight months old baby and Susan also accepted the offer. Why in my house she continued with her trade. I had promised to send her to a vocational school when the baby will be two years old.
There was this young man who was a family friend and usually comes to play with the kids, little did i know he had a secondary intention. This guy had a friend with whom they always move together. There was a time I had a family meeting in the village and had to go with all the children. She was left behind because someone had to stay and by then the children were stills tender. She was a fool for the second time with these guys taking turns in the evening. They had planned it within themselves so well and that is how she became pregnant for her second child. Susan’s immediate family rejected her because of the disgrace she brought to the family but i took care of the pregnancy till she gave birth. She has gone back to the school and the children are doing well. I am pleased because despite all what her family and I went through I stood by her and am proud of her today as a daughter. She has realized her mistakes and cannot allow men to take advantage of her again. I am seeing a brighter future in her because she is very intelligent.