As we continue on the journey of trying to help young rape victims in Ghana we keep hearing horrible stories that just make me want to cry. They make me want to borrow hundreds of thousand of dollars to go fix their situations immediately. While I know that this is not reasonable, and while I know that I can’t currently help them all, I want to so badly. I will continue to take one step at a time and to trust that God has put me where I need to be at this moment. I will trust that eventually I won’t have to turn anyone away and that I will be able to help all of them with time. I have been deliberating all day about the story that I am about to tell you. It is graphic and horrible and I will warn you that it will probably be hard to read, so if you don’t want to continue, I will completely understand. Tonight I am going to tell you the story of a girl named Sandra Agyei.
Sandra Agyei is a 17 year old girl. We are still trying to figure out if she is living in the streets, or if she has someone that is letting her stay with them, but we will know by tomorrow what her current situation is. Sandra grew up living in a room with her parents. I am going to describe how these rooms work in Ghana so that you can better understand the story. A room is not very big, and is basically a cinder block square room with a couple of Windows and a door. There generally aren’t any partitions or walls, so the whole room is open. There is sometimes electricity in these rooms, but no running water or bathrooms. As you can imagine, having any sort of intimate relationships in these rooms with children living in there can be tricky. Well as Sandra got older, her parents started sending her to sleep outside when they wanted to be intimate and would call her back in after they were finished. On one of these nights, a man was walking by and asked Sandra why she was sleeping outside. She told the man that her parents had sent her out, and he invited her to come sleep in his room that night. She quickly obliged because as you can imagine, sleeping outside is not very comfortable. That night she stayed safe, and returned home the next morning. A few days later her parents kicked her out of the house again and instead of sleeping outside, she went and knocked on the same mans door again. That night she was not so lucky and the man raped her and ran off. She decided that she was going to go home and tell her parents what had happened and ask that they not send her outside to sleep anymore, but when she got home she knocked on the door and nobody would answer. After knocking for some time, she called to some people and had them help her break the door down. When they broke down the door and looked inside, both of her parents were dead. They had been struck by lightening and were burned to death in the middle of the night. You can imagine how horrible this was for her. Not long after, she found out that she was pregnant. She is pretty far along in her pregnancy, but hopefully we can get her a little prenatal care before she gives birth.
I hope this story will touch your hearts tonight.