Rest in Peace little mate.
On Sunday a married mother - a mere child of about 13 gave birth to a beautiful baby boy in our health centre. She walked from her home for a couple of days, and then laboured for 3 days. The delivery was traumatic, with no pain medications available - a manual assisted delivery - and the child was finally born unresponsive. Trainee health workers were excited when they helped to revive the little boy and supported the mother on holding the baby and feeding.
And then on Monday he died.
As I sat by the girl I could feel the immense emotional trauma of a child totally lost and unsure of what to do or think. She tried not to cry. She couldn’t wail or mourn. We wrapped him up and she held him, and we said prayers goodbye. As mother could not walk, the health workers carried him to the banana garden where Aunties had dug a grave in the rain. I’m proud of those health workers - they are learning invaluable lessons you don’t find in a text book. And we all come out more determined than ever to educate our people and support our children so they don’t face such trauma.
Your support for our health work and education programs WILL make vital changes, especially for our young people and our girls.
The future needs to look brighter..