Testing a Chibok Woman
The last several weeks have been a whirlwind of excitement due to the positive impact our program is having in survivors of Boko Haram. Thanks to you, the numbers of survivors we have been able to help has grown exponentially.
This past weekend we celebrated the return of 82 Chibok girls kidnapped from their school by Boko Haram over three years ago. Beneficiaries of our programs include the families of at least two of these newly returned girls, and we look forward to greeting them and helping with the emotional wounds of their kidnappings soon!
Since our last update, we have been called upon to respond when other larger, and better funded organizations refused to show up in emergency situations. Because of that, we have been fortunate enough to help save the lives of several women and children. Although the medical intervention was not our intention in carrying our HTA program, we know that healing must take place on many levels. A child dying of a disease must heal their physical condition in addition to their heal their psychosocial wounds. Here are the stories of two of our beneficiaries in the words of our team on the ground:
Maimuna Aliyu is a girl of 14yrs old,an internally displaced person(IDP) from Gwoza,Borno. Maimuna had been very ill and was not making any progress f or several weeks. ICEHA took her to the National hospital. and discovered she had a collapsed lung, and a severe infection in her chest. She tested negative for TB after specific tests for TB was carried out on her. She had a chest tube inserted to get the puss drained out of her chest. Her admission at the hospital lasted for a month and 9days. During this period,the drugs,medical bill and feeding was taken care of by ICEHA.Today,Maimuna is back home as a happy,healthy,grateful young girl. Unable to hide her joy, she said; "I want to be a nurse when I grow up so I can help others". Maimuna is also presently undergoing therapy to restore her lungs back to their normal shape and on precautionary TB medication on the advice of the medical personnel because the risk factors for TB are prevalent around her.
Abdullah Ali became orphaned at the hands of Boko Haram orphan and is caring for his younger brother. He followed our Executive Director as she took a laboring woman to the clinic. There, he presented his medical records to her. Abdullah was very large and bloated, and his records indicated he was in kidney failure -- which had been untreated for two years. His condition was so advanced that we weren't sure that he w ould survive treatments, but we knew he deserved a fighting chance after surviving Boko Haram.
After several weeks in the hospital, we are so leased that he has been released and his prognosis is very good. When he was admitted, he weighed 282 pounds, and his stomach measured 49 inches. He now weighs 155 pounds and his stomach measures 35 inches. Abdullah has now become a devoted volunteer with ICEHA.
ICEHA also secured treatment for over 20 young women from Chibok who had been suffering from infections since they escaped Boko Haram three years ago, as well as emergency treatment for three young women who delivered babies. Unfortunately, one of the babies died due to undiagnosed malaria in the mother, but the other two babies survived difficult births and are thriving due to follow up by our team.
We are grateful to you for your unselfish commitment to these inspirational survivors! Together, we are literally saving lives! We need to raise an additional 3000 USD to cover the costs of all treatments pending, and we hope you will refer your friends to our GlobalGiving platform so they too can experience the joy of helping others.
Thank you again!
One of our ICEHA babies and mom after delivery.