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This week a young women share with us her experience as a mother who lost a child.
I was in the kitchen trying to make a fast dinner after a long day when I heard gunshots at my door. I ran out through the back door , jumped over the low fence and ran for a while before I hid in the bush nearby.
I could still hear gunshots as I ran, clearly the robbers were in my house, I was trembling were I was and couldn’t think straight until I heard my three year old daughter screaming mummy from a distance. I had put her to bed before I went to the kitchen.
I heard more shouting from the robbers and then more gunshots and every thing went quiet. I can’t remember how long I was there for but after a while i found my way out to a another street and connected back to my street.
The robbers had gone from one house to the other and people were all over the street mourning and counting their losses. I ran to my house with my heart pounding and my body in shock, I didn’t know how bad my loss would be until I walked in through a bullet riddled door and stepped into my daughter”s pool of blood!
Neighbours and many relatives judged me for fleeing to save my life without thinking of my daughter, my mother in law has called me all sorts of names and keep asking me what i was thinking saving my own life and leaving my daughter behind. People say that my maternal insticts should be to go and get my daughter even if it means getting killed, but I did the contrary.
The truth is that I wasn’t thinking, I was scared and i just ran. The world has refused to forgive me for it and neither would i.