September 19, 2018.
Please talk to Mummy! I blurted out in frustration.
She just laid there almost unconscious. I Knew what could have happened, but my head refused to comprehend it. As I lifted my three year old, blood gushed out. I was mad with rage. I drove breaking all traffic rules, I cried, who could have touched my baby…..I was at home with her the whole time. Guilt engulfed my soul.
Desike, my darling! I am going to find help. Please stay with mummy, I beg you. Trying to ease her pain, I rocked her, stretching from my seat. Please Love, talk to me, who did this?
Mummy, Uncle Taju hurt me down there. He said we should play mummy and daddy. I became Livid.
I parked my car and grabbed Desike running into the hospital like Usain Bolt. The nurse grabbed her from me. Desike was gone. The doctor came with the nurse and said, she had bled to death from her genitals that had been torn apart from forceful penetration.
I was blind, yet I could see. I left my child’s lifeless body and drove home. All I remember is I met Taju leaving the gate with a backpack. I pushed him to the floor and picked a brick and I did not stop hitting him for the hurt he caused my child. All I saw was my baby’s tears. I hit him until I fainted from exhaustion.
My Lord, that is my testimony before this court.
PS: This is a post to state that many children suffer abuse. Some survive it, others don’t. So, if you notice something does not seem right or it does not add up or there is an unexplainable change in a child behavioural pattern, please say something. You can contact the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) by dialing the USSD Code *6820#. It is free and enabled under the Airtel and MTN mobile network platforms. You can also snd an email to email@example.com and find them on all social media platform by searching @DSVRT. If you are not in Lagos, still say something, we have the police (they may not give an encouraging attitude at first, persist – the Police is getting better by the day). Contact government agencies like ministries in charge of children and youth, NGO’s etc. For the sake of the child remember we all are mandated reporters of this crime against them (male and female alike) to help stop this menace that scourge our society and protect the dignity and person of a child. Children must be protected and respected in our country.
Happy 58th Independence to Nigeria!
Soro – talk
Ayemitibaje – I am completely finished