Gang-raped girl now in good health
Months ago, a sad, depressed and hopeless look was all that could be seen on the face of the 24-year-old girl who was gang-raped and sodomised by five Pakistanis.
But at a press conference yesterday, the young lady wore a smile, looked healthy, walked without assistance and seemed comfortable when she took her seat.
This was a great contrast to the picture of a bedridden woman writhing in pain, whose sad story had been extensively covered by media.
The young woman, who used to work as a waitress, was gang raped and sodomised by five Pakistanis, all employees of Yuasa Motors Limited, leaving her with horrific injuries.
When the story broke, she could not walk on her own and needed diapers to contain her bodily waste which was flowing freely.
Unlike before when they were rescuing her, yesterday ActionAid officials together with other civil society organisations were bidding farewell to the girl who has been under their care for the past six months.
In her remarks, the girl expressed her gratitude to her caretakers, the press and all the organisations that played a big role in ensuring that she got her life back on track.
“I would like to thank all the women who took care of me, and ensured I was clean while I was sick. Thank you for loving me, and treating me like a sister and a friend. May the good Lord reward you abundantly. I am now okay. I do not even wear pampers anymore,” she said amidst a silent audience.
After six months of intensive treatment, surgery and counselling, she was ready to be reunited with her family.
Mr Henry Nickson Ogwal, the acting country director of ActionAid Uganda, explained that upon her resettlement, she would receive facilitation to begin a self-help project of her choice.