Friday, 12 October 2018

Family of 5 battling mental illness in Cross River State


by Progress Oberiko

Progress Oberiko a Corps Member in serving in Cross River State Writes about a “Family of 5 battling mental illness”
The first time I saw them here in Ogoja, my heart melted, I was livid. And my mind wandered, searching for the closest guess as to why a whole family, husband, wife, and three beautiful children would be plagued with INSANITY.

My heart could not contain the curiosity, then i began to ask questions. Anytime I drove past them in a car or on a bike, I engage the driver or someone in a conversation about them.

I have seen them trekking long distances under the “Sun”, I' have also seen them in the market making enquiries about where they could get a particular item to buy.
“Hey ma'am, please where can I get this and this... “

They're never separated, always found walking together, complete family. But the intriguing part is their communication. This "MAD" family speak ENGLISH fluently.

I've heard the man instructing one of his children who was walking sluggishly behind him as they trekked down the road; "Hey Dorcas, will you hurry up, C'mon girl, meet up with the pace". And I marveled.

As you can see their dreadlocks is twisted, showing that it has lasted for God knows how long.

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