Trauma on Trauma

Report by Micheal Bobbert:

“On the 27th of March we visited a family at Numbi Trust, and found an 87-year old gogo [granny] and her 7-year old granddaughter.  The grandmother is taking treatment for hypertension, and they live in an RDP house (Reconstruction Development Program) built by the government.  The child’s mom was raped by her biological dad when she was only 9 years old and fell pregnant.  She was traumatized by the ordeal, and told no one until she fell pregnant.  After she gave birth she abandoned her baby and left the family.

 

9. Mar. House interior

House interior

“Apparently a member of the family died inside in the house, and that traumatized the granddaughter, who now refuses to sleep in the house or come near it.  A social worker was called in to take the young girl for counselling.”

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