Emotions, as NGO supports homeless mother in Yobe

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Sahel Initiative for Justice, an NGO, has offered psychosocial support to Raihanatu Mohammed, a homeless mother of a seven-year-old boy in Jajere, Fune Local Government Area of Yobe.

Our correspondent reports that residents of Jajere earlier informed Hajiya Altine Ibrahim, the NGO’s Executive Director, that Raihanatu and her son had taken shelter at Jajere Market.

Speaking with our correspondent in Jajere on Monday, Ibrahim said , “Investigation reveals that Raihanatu fled her matrimonial home in Borno-kichi village in the area as a result of alleged abuse by her husband.

“ As a result of the trauma she underwent from abuse and other forms of hardship, people thought she was mentally imbalance and that was why they informed us about her.

“ But after questioning her, I discovered that her answers were coherent, meaning there is no any evidence of mental disorder. What she needs is counselling,” she said.

Asked why she took shelter at the market, Raihanatu told the medium that after escaping her husband’s abuse, she was afraid of going back to her father’s house in Boggaloshe village near Jajere town.

“ I am afraid, my father may chase me because he has always accused me of not being interested in marriage. This is my third marriage.

“ I had to flee my husband abuse because he is a drunkard who frequently assaults me and could not provide food and clothes for me and my child,” she said.

Our correspondent reports that Raihanatu’s father, Ahmadu Mohammed, of Boggaloshe village, was later convinced by the NGO to travel to Jajere, reconcile with his daughter and accept her back.

The representative of the District Head of Jajere, Alhaji Adamu Audu, who was instrumental to the reconciliation, thanked the NGO for its humanitarian gesture.

Items donated to Raihanatu by the NGO include blankets, mosquito net, mat, washing soap, detergent, underwear, sanitary towels, vaseline, torchlight, bucket and cooking utensils.

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