Melinda Kerr

Melbourne, Australia

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Let me tell you about Samuel.

I met Samuel at Mamman Jeanne’s orphanage in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa.

Mamman Jeanne’s orphange is sponsored by CNEC Partners International and supported by Heal Africa.

Samuel danced for us on arrival. He was awesome.

I then had the privilege of interviewing him.

In short, here’s his story:

When Samuel was 2 and still being breast fed, his mother was set upon randomly by the militia. They do that, for fun.

She was attacked with machetes and kiiled where she stood. Samuel was cut by the blow. You can see the scar on the left hand side of his face. He also has some scars on his scalp.

Oh and he lost his left hand.

Thinking they were all dead and their days work done, the militia left.

Samuel was discovered, barely but still alive.

He was taken from his mother’s corpse and somehow delivered to Mamman Jeanne. A remarkable woman who nursed him herself (as she was already breast feeding her own child). Samuel is now 16 and still at Mamman Jeanne’s orphanage.

Which resides in a war torn country not ‘important’ enough to save.

People like Samuel are everywhere in Congo.


People like Mamman Jeanne?

Not quite so many.

Samuel likes playing soccer and dancing.

Prior to us arriving a chid had been stolen from the orphanage by the militia to be a child soldier.

How long do you reckon Samuel has?

When people ask you to donate to these causes, they’re asking you because it’s the only way they will survive.

It’s as simple and as gruesome as that.

Not unlike the crime in the first place.

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