Sylvester’s parents split when he was 9 years old. His Father remarried another woman and lived together in a village called Lamadi in Magu district. Having lived with his step mother things were not good as she mistreated Sylvester and his brother Liabo by not giving them food and when they told their father he did nothing at all. They were sometimes stopped from going to school so that they can go fishing and provide some money to run the family. They found it really hard and sometimes they hid in the bushes and as result, his brother got bitten by a snake and died.
Sylvester’s father abandoned his family again and up to this moment he has nowhere to be found. When his father left, his step mother told Sylvester to leave and go and search for his mother who was said to be in Sogesca. When he came to Sogesca village neither the village leaders nor the villagers knew anything about that lady. Finally Sylvester was told by good Samaritans to come to Bethany and explain his situation. When he to Bethany, we sent him back to Lamadi with one of our male care worker to investigate if the story was true or not. The report we got was that he really needs help as his step mother has been abandoned by her husband so she cannot afford to look after him as she is also finding difficult to take care of her own two children. He had no place to live; his mother is not known where she is so not taking him to Bethany, he would just be a street boy or a wanderer.
He seems fine and is settling in ok within the Bethany family.
Report by Eliada Bujiku