Finding Hope in Niger, Part III

Hope v 6

This post is the third of four in the “Hope” series, which will be released through the month of February. The story behind the healing journey of a family from Niger is told by Josh Korn, one of the Spiritual Directors at CURE Niger.

Hadiza still had hope for Saratou, but she never actively looked for a hospital or clinic where she could be treated. Hadiza knew that even if she took Saratou to the hospital and she could be healed, she would never be able to pay for it. But one day, she heard about the CURE hospital in Niamey on the radio. The voice on the radio described the different conditions that are treated at the hospital, and they described Saratou’s condition. They called it cleft lip. Hadiza had never heard of cleft lip, but the way they spoke about the condition convinced her it was the same as Saratou’s lip. It was as though they were talking about Saratou herself.

After she heard about CURE on the radio, Hadiza decided to take Saratou to Niamey. They came even though they didn’t know where the hospital was and didn’t know if what the radio said was true. Even on the way to the hospital, children in Niamey saw Saratou and started calling her names. She went to fight them, but Hadiza held her back.

Hadiza and Saratou, a few days after Saratou's surgery

Hadiza and Saratou, a few days after Saratou’s surgery

Once they arrived at the hospital, they found that Saratou could be healed. They saw other children with cleft lip who were healed, and they were excited. Saratou had the operation, and even though she was scared, she was healed. For a few days her lips were puffy and swollen, but she was still smiling. She was happy, and Hadiza was happy as well. They left to go back to the town on the river. Saratou went back to her life. She would continue to help Hadiza make porridge and help her sell it on the street. But she had been changed. She was going back to a changed life.

Come back next Thursday for the next installment in our four-part February “Hope” series. 


Photo of the Josh Korn

About the Author:

Josh leads CURE's Grants Management Office. He previously served CURE in Niamey, Niger, first as a spiritual director, then as executive director of the CURE Hôpital de Enfants.

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