Saturday, February 12, 2011
Nathalie reports the following--
These two mothers traveled three hours on foot to get a tap-tap in Ducis to come to town and see a doctor because they are both sick and in pain. One mother has 3 kids, the other has 4 kids (she left 3 at home with a neighbor). They arrived too late to see a doctor on Thursday. They all slept on the hospital grounds and begged for money for food for the kids. On Friday the hospital staff told them they could see a doctor on Monday. Without money or food (or a way home), they were going to abandon their children and attempt to walk many hours to get home. A worker at the hospital called me to see if we could help. I called Social Services. Our temporary solution is to have the mothers and their kids stay with us until Monday so they can see a doctor.
They have only the clothes on their backs and no shoes. The mother with the three children is widowed.