Brave Afghan Mum
by Janey Moffatt
This is Nouria, aged 15, who is one brave, brave little Mum. She fell
pregnant around the age of 12 after her father raped her repeatedly.
Her baby was stillborn. Her mother helped her to swaddle the little
baby and bury it in the yard. Don’t be too shocked to read on.
Nouria is a strong, beautiful, bright young girl who managed to get
herself to a women’s refuge run by WAW (Women for Afghan Women) and they
are helping her to get an education and English lessons. She is hopeful
for the future and wants to be able to work.
But Nouria is very lonely and doesn’t get to talk about what happened to
her very much. Her family have disowned her because she has brought
shame on them by getting pregnant and she is missing her Mum terribly.
I put my arms around her and she sobbed - this simple act of human touch
was enough to make her feel much better she later told us.
If you are touched by Nouria’s story I will be doing work for her when I
get back including creating a friendship parcel to send to her. Anyone
who wants to contribute to the parcel can - it doesn’t have to be
anything of monetary value - a card with the word LOVE on it would mean
a lot to her and let her know that we are all thinking of her, wishing
her onwards and with her in spirit.
Read more: www.afghanmums.tumblr.com/