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Catholic sister saves 130 disabled children as families think they're born 'evil'

by Sophie Drew

A Catholic Sister has saved 130 disabled children from families that consider them to be born “evil”.

Those born with mental and physical disabilities in northern Ghana can risk being abandoned or killed by their loved ones or those in their village.

Sister Mumuni cares for the 120 children currently living in the Nazareth Home for God’s Children with 15 other religious sisters and 35 staff members.

She told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN): “The traditional beliefs affect the children.

“If a child is born blind, they are considered evil, if they cannot speak, they are considered evil.

“If a mother dies in labour, the family rejects the child because they are considered evil.”

She added: “It is terrible to see a beautiful child, and just because they cannot speak people think they should be condemned to death.

“If you have a child who cannot see in the community, the woman cannot go to fetch water with the other women, or to farm, because they tell her she has an evil child.

“And if there is any misfortune in the village they blame it on the child, and they kill it.”

She continued: “My children are prayer warriors.”

“At meals, even though they are very hungry, they stand and wait until everybody is served and pray before they eat.

“They say the rosary every day. When I am away, anytime I call them they say they have been praying for me, and for this person or that.”

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