Basic Rights Counsel Initiative (BRCI), a Cross River-based NGO, has revealed the experience of an 11-year-old girl who was rescued six months ago in Calabar.
Esther was supposedly accused of witchcraft by her grandmother and driven out of the house, according to a statement released by BRCI on Sunday, September 12.
A volunteer discovered her almost lifeless on a main road in Calabar and took her to a hospital, where she spent six months.
Esther was put at a Calabar special school after suffering a serious brain injury that left her unable to talk.
Sharing old and new photos of Esther on their official Facebookpage, BRCI wrote;
“Little Esther is an 11-year-old child that was accused of witchcraft by her sick grandmother and forced out of her home. She was found almost lifeless by a volunteer by a major road in Calabar. She spent six straight months in the hospital and most times on oxygen,”
“Thanks to Comrade Asu Okang for his generous contribution to her treatment. When she recovered, the doctors informed us that she suffered a traumatic brain injury which has affected her ability to speak clearly. All efforts to get blood relatives to foster her failed. While we have also not given up in our efforts to recruit a foster care family for her, we had recently developed a comprehensive care plan for her.”
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