Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Agony Of 21-Year-old Girl Disfigured By Fire

Life for the past three years has been a bitter story to tell for 21-year-old Miss Benita Okereke whose dream is to be a seamstress. All her dreams, expectations and goals in life are gradually being taken over by unbearable pains and stigmatization over the past three years.

Benita, a native of Obulor Iheti village, Ishiagu community in Ivo local government area of Ebonyi state has been experiencing agonizing pains after she was disfigured by cooking fire. The ugly incident took place on December 13, 2015 while she was helping her mother out in the kitchen. Benita spent minutes in fire before help could come her way through her aged mother while other children at the scene were busy playing around not willing to assist her.

For the victims mother Mrs. Celina Okereke, life has not been fair to her innocent child as her ordeals started right from the day she was brought into this world. Mrs. Celina in other to ensure the safety of her daughter had to stay five months in the hospital after given birth to Benita born 21 years ago through a cesarean section.

Sadly at 12 years, Benita who is the last child in the family of eight children developed a strange ailment, which resulted to her having seizures. The health condition denied her the right to be academically sound like her contemporaries, that at the age of 18, she was still in JSS3 at Echiele Community Secondary School, Ishiagu.

However, Benita’s present travail began On 13th December, 2015 when during a seizure she fell into fire.

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