There are lots of similar stories such as Hope’s – children abandoned because of birth defect and ‘minister of God’ proclaiming them to be witch, afterall, all that God created was good and if anything didn’t fit the definition of ‘good’ it must be devil at work.
As we say in Yoruba that ‘Kii buru, buru, ko ma ku eni kan mo ni, eni yi yoo ku ni a ko mo” – no matter how difficult our situation is, there is always someone out there that will understand and help us out but often times, we would not know that person until they show up (or something like that).
Hope of Akwa Ibom found his own God sent help in Ms Anja Ringgren. What an incredible transformation it has been for the little boy, and only within two months – from near death out of starvation to fully recovered and unimaginable help from around the world.
Now we learn more about Hope’s birth defect to be hypospadias – “a birth defect of the urethra in the male where the urinary opening is not at the usual location on the head of the penis.”
A bit more explanation on the condition here from Great Ormond Hospital.
Is this why he was thrown out to the street to die slowly? Hope, according to Anja is going to have corrective surgery and hope to recover well.
If there’s one thing that I have learnt with my people, Nigerians, is that ignorance of many things is one thing but what is killing us the most is the inability to be curious about what we do not know. In this day and age, how can one rely on a self-professed religious leaders to be all-knowing when it comes to all subjects under the sun?
I am elated that Hope met Ms Ringgren Lovén and I am glad that his medical condition is one that doctors can help with.
Witch hunt is ongoing problem in Nigeria, some are well hidden especially when adults are concerned, here is another one I read the other day that prompts me to check on Hope’s condition:
I wish Mrs Sonaiya left a reference to the rest of this story, but I believed her anyway. In this case too, it was the pastor’s order to keep beating a pregnant woman who is having difficult time progressing through labour. Who should we blame here? The mind-boggling cruel mother who has been through childbirth herself to know how difficult labour can be and that it is never the same for everyone, not even the same experience with children of the same mother. Or the pastor whose only goal was to keep instilling fear into the people and present him or herself as all-knowing?
Sad, sad case we have on our hands with witch-hunt in Nigeria. How do we go about this in a country that claims to be deeply religious but are very primitive in the way they deal with human conditions?