Bahati’s story: I don’t know what will happen tomorrow

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Wednesday, 28 November, 2012

Alone and afraid

Bahati had to flee her village where fighting was putting her families lives at risk. Three of her children are seriously ill. This is her story.

14th November – Forced from home

I am Bahati – I think I am 28 years old. I know I have seven children. We fled on foot to the camp from Sake – which is about ten miles away. We were very scared when the bombing and shooting started. People were running, screaming and falling. We walked half a day to get here.

I don’t know how we will feed our seven children. We managed to bring some bedding and a little food, but that is all gone. My husband has gone to see if he can find us any food for today. I have some beans to cook but once these are gone, we have nothing left.

Three of my children are very sick.

They are suffering from a high fever and diarrhoea.

How can I take care of them with no food, money or home?

24th November - Living in fear

I am afraid again. We don’t have anywhere to go and are too scared to stay here because of the fighting. This is the third time we have had to leave our house.

When my husband comes back we are going to pack up our things and start to walk somewhere else, but I don’t know where. There is fighting in our village, so we cannot go back home. I don’t even know if our house is still standing after the bombs.

All I know, is that if we stay here we could die.

27th November - Urgent care through uncertainty

We had no choice other than to return to our village.

But we are lucky.

The only heIp we have is from Merlin who have set up a medical clinic and are giving medicine to the thousands of people here who have been forced to return. Merlin health workers took care of my sick children. They gave them medicine and now they are getting better.

I don’t know what will happen tomorrow but without Merlin, my children would have died.