Children - Healing Hearts And Nations

Introduction


Her name is Wanjiku, Swahili for “loved one.” She is a 35 year old East African woman living in a village of 5,000 in the shadow of Mount Kenya. She lives in a land of incomprehensible contrasts; a land of spectacular flora & fauna; a land of torment, struggle, suffering, & death. Her husband died of “the sickness” (AIDS) two years ago. She, too, is wasting away from the disease. She has given birth to twelve children, 4 of which died before the age of 6 from malaria, dysentery & tragic accidents. Her remaining eight children range in age from 2 to 14. Her heart is broken, her body wasting away. The physical pain seems unbearable at times, but she manages it well as she does menial tasks & begs for food to feed her family. It is her heart that hurts the most…aching for hope. She is not concerned for herself, but for her beloved children, each with their own unique personality & winsome face. She gradually becomes weaker, & finally is confined to the dirt floor of her 10’x10’ mud hut with the children fending for themselves...

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