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Catholic Sister rescues 130 disabled children whose families believed them to be ‘evil’

Sister Mumuni, a Catholic Sister, has undertaken a heroic effort to rescue 130 disabled children who were deemed as “born evil” by their families in northern Ghana. In this region, children born with physical or mental disabilities face the risk of abandonment or even death due to traditional beliefs and cultural norms. Sister Mumuni has taken on the care of these vulnerable children at the Nazareth Home for God’s Children, where she works alongside 15 other religious sisters and 35 staff members. She has witnessed the harmful impact of these traditional beliefs on the lives of these children. Children born with a disability such as being blind or with speech impairments are often labeled as “evil,” leading to their mistreatment and neglect.

Premier Christian News reports:

A Catholic Sister has saved 130 disabled children from families that consider them to be born “evil”.

Those born with mental and physical disabilities in northern Ghana can risk being abandoned or killed by their loved ones or those in their village.

Sister Mumuni cares for the 120 children currently living in the Nazareth Home for God’s Children with 15 other religious sisters and 35 staff members.

She told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN): “The traditional beliefs affect the children.

“If a child is born blind, they are considered evil, if they cannot speak, they are considered evil.

“If a mother dies in labour, the family rejects the child because they are considered evil.”

She added: “It is terrible to see a beautiful child, and just because they cannot speak people think they should be condemned to death.

“If you have a child who cannot see in the community, the woman cannot go to fetch water with the other women, or to farm, because they tell her she has an evil child.

“And if there is any misfortune in the village they blame it on the child, and they kill it.”
She continued: “My children are prayer warriors.”

Read the full article here.

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