I asked : Who do you trust in life ? Who can you share all your problems ,mistakes secrets with ?
She said : No one ! I trust only God.
The other said : I trust only my best friend.
It is so sad to discover how negligent we have been towards our little girls' growths.
This is a conversation/counselling session I had on Wednesday with 15 girls of age 8 -10years in a primary school in Yaoundé-Cameroon. These girls grow up in a World unknown to them and decide to remain in the world within them.
8 years old Stephanie says in tears ;
" Because of the crisis in my region, I relocated and I now leave with my aunty who maltreats me and uses her teeth to bite me each time I do something wrong . She uses the scissors to chop my fingers and says either I kill her or she kills me"
9 years old Stacy says:
" I live with my mother , father and my mother's two brothers . One of them does bad things to me when I sleep at night . He has sex with me and he says I am beautiful. I have not told my mother because she will tell my father and my father will beat me up . So I trust only Stephanie my friend because she will keep my secrets"
8 years old little Rita says:
" I don't trust my mother. Each time I tell her something, she tells her friends and her friends call me names with that each time they come to our house "
Lets take time to be with our lil girls and for them because they live in a world they don't understand and they have no one they look up to for directions. What will become of them in future if this is what they face now.
They all said " you are very nice, please come again". I will definitely come again to see you girls . If I can help just one of them, I know I have helped a whole generation.