At the cross road between two bridges... A true life story of modern slavery.

Mojisola Adewumi
Posted January 26, 2018 from Nigeria

Am sharing with you actions undertaken to fight against modern slavery in my community .

A true life story that was so touching and painful. Esther was a 17 years old young college girl ,first in the family of 5 .She is very vibrant ,active and cautious always with high spirit to succeed in life.

I see this eagerness in her ,during our meeting at the community hall in August 2017, she decided to join our team of future leaders, after successful completion of her O ' level examination with very good result.

At 21st Century Entrepreneur Initiatives,part of our responsibilities is to identify talents and potential, mentored disadvantage girls and women to be the greatest version of themselves, giving them hope of going back to school or learning a trade with us at our vocational skills center. In Esther case,she told me she wants to become a nurse, this dream become a reality after she was saved of a terrible sickness that nearly took her life, l take a step further to meet her parent discovered they are financially constrained. Her intended career was out of our own jurisdiction at 21st century entrepreneur initiatives, her parent confides in me that they want her to work temporarily at a hospital to acquired more practical knowledge and to earn some money towards pursing a course in nursing ,left to me,this is not necessary, but Esther and her parents insisted. Then l did a good job to look for a reputable hospital with good records, fortunately she was employed as a clerk ,along the line l followed her up ,for some months .

The worst happen to her during my annual vacation , She was forceful disvirgin , sexually abused and carried out abortion on her by her boss of 58 years old, by the time the girl make it open ,her appointment was terminated by this same boss with threats. As a young organization, l followed up the case to a logical conclusion. You know poverty and ignorance play a vital role on Esther's father to conclude that she will have to marry that same man that abuse her at a tender age,so as to cater for her siblings. I disagree ,likewise Esther, through this she is facing expulsion from the family.

I have a meeting with her recently, she was so confused and troubled. For Esther hope of becoming successfull not to dashed upon the wind, our organization has organized for her support to write entrance examination to purse her career in nursing. We intended to followed her up in her study for her not to go back to the street and become vulnerable again.

Esther need urgent help to fulfill her dream , We are using this opportunity to collaborate with individual ,organizations for advice and support for Esther education and other survivors of sexual assault.

Please we encourage your comments and question. Further details about her is available, if interested in her story.

Thank you.

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Jill Langhus
Jan 26, 2018
Jan 26, 2018

Hi Mojisola. Thanks for sharing your troubling story about Esther and her plight. What a horrible thing to have happen to her. What about starting a fundraising campaign on line so that she has enough funds to go to school? Please keep us posted on her progress. I dearly hope that she does not marry that man and/or feel that she has no other option but to marry him. I also hope that her family changes their minds and supports her instead of shaming her and forcing her to do something she doesn't want to do that will negatively impact her whole life.

Mojisola Adewumi
Jan 26, 2018
Jan 26, 2018

Thanks a lot Jlanghus for your prompt encouragement. 

Your suggestion of online fundraising for her is good and will give her hope. 

Anyway, help is needed on how to go about this?

Thank you.

Jill Langhus
Apr 15
Apr 15

Hi Mojisola,

I only just saw your post back to me unfortunately. Sorry for the late reply. You will want to ensure that you use the back arrow when responding to comments so that the commentator receives an automated email notification alerting them there is a response.

Now, for your fundraiser, were you able to create one?

Olutosin
Jan 26, 2018
Jan 26, 2018

Hello sister this is pathetic. I always fundraise on my facebook. Can you use your facebook to ask for help for her⁉

Mojisola Adewumi
Jan 27, 2018
Jan 27, 2018

Thank you Olutosin,

I will definitely give a try.

I pray it works.

Regards

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 27, 2018
Jan 27, 2018

Dear Mojisola,

Your story of Esther and what has happened to her is a strong reminder of the most important reason that we are working for change. it is also a reminder of how important you and your work is, in making it possible for Esther to have someone to speak with, and to have your support toward a future of freedom, and one in which her dream is possible. I too am glad to help in whatever way I can to promote fundraising for Esther. wWe are not finished until every girl is free.

In sisterhood,

Tam

Mojisola Adewumi
Jan 27, 2018
Jan 27, 2018

Much thanks to you Tam,

Happy new year to you.

Really inspired to hear from you this way and glad that we are a change maker working towards solving humanity problem to achieve a common goal.

Regards

Mojisola

Mojisola Adewumi
Jan 27, 2018
Jan 27, 2018

Much thanks to you Tam,

Happy new year to you.

Really inspired to hear from you this way and glad that we are a change maker working towards solving humanity problem to achieve a common goal.

Regards

Mojisola