Since 2012, the world has celebrated International Day of the Girl Child on October 11.According to the United Nations General Assembly, the day was established to shine a spotlight on “the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.”
For far too many girls in the world, the process of growing into womanhood can not only be difficult, but it can also be dangerous. Unfortunately, danger played a role in Waida’s story.
Waida’s Story Begins
Waida was born into a happy family that worked hard to meet their daily needs. Sadly, Waida’s father died when she was young.
Eleven years after her father’s passing, Waida’s mother, Gitu, married a man she met at work. At first, Gitu’s second marriage was a happy one, like her first. However, her new husband’s attitude soon changed.
A Shocking Request
One year after they were married, he admitted he wanted to marry his teenage stepdaughter and asked Gitu to give Waida to him. Gitu was shocked by his confession. She refused his request and asked him to leave.
Later that evening, he left as she asked—but he took Waida with him.
When Gitu learned her daughter had been kidnapped, she fainted. Onita, a believer from the local church, heard what had happened and took Gitu to the hospital. Onita also told the local GFA-supported pastor, Kasu, about the situation.
Discover another life-changing story of friendship between two women inBhandura’s story.
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