She is a GIRL
She is just a CHILD
She is just a MINOR
Yet forced to fend for the family.
SLAVED, BEATEN, MOLESTED, RAPED, TRAUMATIZED and FORCED TO SILENCE
With tear running down my eyes I watched this beautiful young girl tell her story while she cried
Oh my God the pain she felt, the trauma she was put through
The Anger ragging in me each time I think about it is unbearable
Her story as she told us
"Aunty I left my village in september 2016. When a certain woman from our village came with her husband to take me with permission from my mum. The woman's husband is from Babanki, he promised my mum he was going to send me to school while I work for them as babysitter for their kids, he also added they will be sending 10 thousand franc to my mum every month. Before I left the village, my mum gave me a small phone to be able to get to her anytime I wanted. When we got to Yaounde the man and wife started maltreating me, took my phone, they even beat me up seriously like a criminal. Few months after I started working for them the man started calling me and touching my body but he threatened me not to tell any one or he will kill me with beatings. One day his wife was out and their children were playing in the palour, the man called me in the room to come and arrange the bed. When I got to their room, he pushed me to the bed and started touching my breast and vagina, I started crying and begging him to leave me but he said if I make any noise he will kill me. As I was crying, he removed my dress and put his thing in my vagina. Aunty it was so painful and I was bleeding when he finished. Aunty he was always doing this until one day the I was feeling too much pain below my stomach and his wife asked me what was wrong, I was afraid to tell but when she started beating me even as I was in pain I had to tell her. When I told her she said I was lying and kept beating me. When her husband came back he said I was lying and also got me well beaten, after the beaten they sent me out of the house in the night and told me to go away. Not knowing where to go I was just moving in the street until a woman met me and took me to the orphanage."
She is just 15 yrs old
Why send a minor to work? Why maltreat a child because he/she is not yours? And the WHYS are endless.
I still remember how difficult it was for us to get her to tell us the story, because she was traumatized and couldn't stop crying. Because am a girl I feel her pain, because am a mother I wept thinking of what she has been through. Why not send her to learn a trade?
I RAISE MY VOICE TO SAY NO TO CHILD LABOUR it can lead to CHILD ABUSE
NO TO THE VIOLATION OF THE CHILD's RIGHTS NO MATTER THE SITUATION