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Saturday, March 7, 2015

The newborn baby was being eaten by river crabs.



Yesterday morning I got a call from a Social Welfare Officer who asked if we had room for a newborn baby boy?  She said that after the mother had given birth she wrapped him in a plastic bag and then dumped him in a stream. He was found several hours later by people passing by. Fortunately, he had not drowned or been eaten by a crocodile, but unfortunately he was covered in fresh water river crabs that had been eating his flesh and that they did a lot of damage to the back side of his body.

The injured baby was rushed to hospital on Tuesday and by Thursday he was taken in to the surgical ward to try to clean and repair the damage.  The mother is still missing and police are actively looking for her.  To receive a call like this is not only shocking and heartbreaking, but made me physically sick to my stomach for much of the day.  I was sent photos of the damaged baby that I have chosen not to post publically at this time.  I wish I could “un-see” them.

We pray for this baby and while we don’t know what the future holds, we know that Jesus has him securely in the palm of His hands.

EVERY time that we purchase a Swazi National newspaper and are shocked, sickened and saddened by the headlines. 

Today’s blog is simple. Ian and I purchased the two National newspapers for this past Thursday then went through and clipped a few headlines in order to give you a taste of what is happening here in our news world.

During our search we found a tiny article that mentioned the baby who was found on the side of the river.  To tell you the truth, I totally missed it the first time I went through the paper.  Too common, buried several pages in, not really news I guess?


Come Lord Jesus, come.  I am not sure how much more of this I can take.

Live from Swaziland … I am thankful for the God who sees.

Janine

2 comments:

  1. This is all just so heartbreaking. Thank you for letting us know how to pray. We run a nonprofit (www.TheSoundofHope.org) that helps care for children in Nsoko Swaziland - I hope you don't mind if I share this photo of recent headlines! I think it's something people need to see so they understand the challenges people (children especially) face in Swaziland. Bless you for the difficult, but important, work you do!

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