‘Joy In My Life’

A 13-year-old girl aspires to be a magistrate when she grows up because of the injustice that she witnessed in her life. She was sexually abused by her step father and as a result she fell pregnant. Out of fear of being harassed by her step father who had threatened her, she did not disclose the matter to anyone, not even to her mother because she felt she was supportive of her husband.

The matter eventually came to light and the girl was sent for counselling and medical support to Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) and referred to a place of safety until she gave birth and gave the child up for adoption. Her case was heard in court and the father was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

MSF continued providing psycho-social support to both the mother and her child and assisted the child through the court processes. The girl was pained by the experience as she felt stabbed in her heart but she now feels that since justice was done, the sky is the limit and is now back in school. She will fly high and fulfill her dream of becoming a magistrate.