BY: Dan Phale*
Miracle, extremely hopeless and in huge emotional and psychological pain, cried out loudly, “Where shall I go to? Who shall I approach to help me? Where shall I begin from, and how shall I begin it? My heavenly Father, why have you forsaken me…?” She sobbed, lamenting as she didn’t have any idea what to do in order to get herself out of an abyss of intricate problems.
The old wise folks have a proverb which says life is a teacher. However, at times its lessons are so excruciatingly painful. Miracle was born from a very poor lady whose husband passed away soon after her conception about seventeen years ago. As she grew up, Miracle’s mother found herself between a rock and a hard place as she struggled singlehandedly to raise financial resources. The money was not only to be used for the general well-being of the household but also for her daughter’s education. But her efforts proved futile. And this situation made life profusely unbearable for both Miracle and her single mother.
Now it happened that Miracle had just made it into the secondary school. Her caring mother continued striving in all possible ways to make ends meet so as to pay her school fees. But later on the heavens were not on her side as her mother fell critically ill… and due to the ever pressing poverty she had nothing to do in order to help her terminally sick mother. So she thought of moving up and down in the quest for money… Whether through working, or begging, but she vowed to find money so that she would take her dear mother to the hospital. At some point she met a certain rich man who, upon hearing her situation, took her to his house so as to give her a financial hand. But when they got there she was told that he would not give money to her unless on condition that she had sexual intercouse with him. Forced sexual intercouse. As if this was not enough, she was barred from leaving back until five days elapsed. What a great challenge…
The ruthless rich man took advantage of her predicament to enslave and torture her… Suffice to say that five days later Miracle was given some money and was released from the bondage and allowed to go home. However, upon getting there she found her mother dead. Too sad.
Well, three months after burial of her mother, she made a bold decision to go ahead with secondary education. In this regard she sold some of the household properties in order to realise money which she would use to pay for tuition fees and the like. But she didn’t know what lied ahead of her life. She was not feeling okay; and when she visited the clinic, she was told she was pregnant. And, according to education rules, this led to her dismissal from school. Again, with very tough moral bye laws, she was banished from the community. There and then she became a hopeless vagabond. As a matter of fact, the cross was, day by day, becoming too heavy for her to carry. She, thus became so much disturbed that she nearly committed suicide.
One day she caught sight of a signpost which said “The home of orphans” and she felt an assurance that she would find solace. Hence she walked into the compound. But in a twist of events, what she was about to face there was quite contrary. The owner and in charge, by the name of Bertha, was the human and/or child trafficker. She harboured quite a number of orphaned girls who were forced to have sexual intercouse such that they could conceive and give birth to babies that should then be sold away to childless couples. If any girl was caught attempting to escape, she was subjected to severe torture and/or death.
Miracle’s heart felt like bulging out of the chest cavity as she got these horrific instructions. It also came to her notice that the rich man who impregnated her was the one who slept with the girls in this compound. However, as the wise words tell us that even the darkest night cannot prevent the light of the morning, at the far end of the dark tunnel of her anxiety, despair and misery, there came light of miracle in Miracle’s life.
The law enforcers were tipped about slavery and trauma the orphaned girls were going through. And before Miracle gave birth to her baby, the heavily armed law enforcers raided the place and apprehended Bertha and her accomplice. Meanwhile the heartless Bertha and her accomplice are serving a life prison term with hard labour.