Could any child be more vulnerable?
photo by Daniel Berehulak of the New York Times
When her mother, dying of Ebola,
was loaded into the ambulance,
she climbed in too.
She tried to care for her mother
as she was dying.
Orphaned, no one even knew her name.
So they called her Sweetie Sweetie.
Sent to a group home, she waits,
watching the world with eyes
that commune with ghosts.
Workers from care agencies
walk through, from time to time,
Sweetie Sweetie's need is very simple:
"Do you want me?" she asks the people
as they pass.
*source: An Ebola Orphan's Plea: Do You Want Me?
by Daniel Berehulak of the New York Times
I seem to recall a news story about this little girl, walking away happily hand in hand with a young man who first cared for her, when her mother was dying. One small child's tragic situation hopefully resolved.