|Stephen Zoure carrying one of the children|
THERE are many married couples searching for children and are not seeing any end in sight of their desperate search. Sadly, there are couples who are also blessed with children but have the desire to kill them due to one form of disability or the other which these children have.
Such is the plight of hundreds of children born with well-known physical and social disabilities in some communities particularly some of those located in the Eastern part of the Northern Region of Ghana; Yendi, Chereponi, Bimbilla, Mion and their surrounding communities.
But notwithstanding the hard times being experienced by many Ghanaians during this Christmas yuletide, for handicapped children of the Nazareth Home for God’s Children at Sang in the Mion District, times were much harder until Stephen Apeweh Zoure, Northern Sector Manager of Daily Guide came around to celebrate his 36th Birthday which fell on December 27, with them.
|Items presented to the home|
Mr. Zoure also a former Northern Regional Correspondent of The Daily Dispatch, presented bags of exotic rice, edible oil, biscuits, fizzy drinks, milk, toilet rolls and among others to the disadvantaged children of the Nazareth Home for God’s Children.
According to him, it was more appropriate to donate towards the upkeep of the underprivileged during the Christmas season, and more so, because it coincided with his birthday.
Children born as cripple, hearing impaired, visually impaired, mentally retarded and autistic among others, risked losing their lives at the snap of a finger in the hands of their parents and/or fetish priests of the aforementioned communities, mostly through poisoning.
For members of these communities, such children were a bad omen to the destiny of their parents and the entire community and the earlier they got rid of them, the better it would be for their own good.
According to Reverend Sister Stan Terese Mario Mumuni of the Marian Sisters of Eucharistic Love (MASEL) and Servant of the Nazareth Home for God’s Children, the practice of deliberately killing children with disabilities in those communities was an age long tradition of the indigenes there.
|Stephen presents items to Rev. Stan and children|
Thanks to the Yendi Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church led by Bishop Boi Nai who took a bold decision couple of years ago and jumped to the rescue of some of the children who were targeted for killing.
Currently, the total number of children in the home is 40 with the youngest being 6 months old. But Rev. Sister Stan Terese told this reporter, the home was at the moment faced with serious water and financial challenges and it was difficult to cater for the feeding and special medical needs of some of the children.
Nonetheless, she thanked Mr. Zoure for his desire to celebrate his birthday with children of the Nazareth Home for God’s Children and appealed to individuals and groups who were touched by the plight of the children not to hesitate to come to their aid.