Amina’s joyful journey

This is a story about Amina and her mom, and how they journeyed and overcame.

Amina was born with bilateral clubfoot. Baraka, Amina’s mom, was blamed for Amina’s condition by family members and others in her social circle. Desperate, Baraka took Amina and their life savings and traveled to a treatment center in Saudi Arabia. It was very costly and did not work out. The pair then returned on a flight back to Niger.

“I was unhappy,” said Baraka. “I wondered many times if she will get healed, and my marriage was threatened. Her father accused me of being the cause of her condition. He thought I misbehaved or did something wrong. I was terribly upset.”

When Baraka arrived in Niger, she asked around if treatment for clubfoot was available in the country. That’s when Baraka’s father told her about the CURE clubfoot clinic at the National Hospital in Zinder, Niger.

Now Amina can walk, even run.

“Her name has changed from Gourgoua (meaning ‘lame’) to Amina,” said Baraka. “When the second cast was removed, I was very happy to see the feet. I was so confident that she would be healed.”

Baraka says she is totally satisfied with the clubfoot treatment Amina received.

“We were blessed. The counseling helped us very much. God bless you all. People will know that I have nothing to do with my daughter’s feet. ”

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Before and after: Amina when she first entered the clubfoot program. On the right, Amina stands on two straight feet!

 


Photo of the Moutari Malam Saddi

About the Author:

Moutari Malam Saddi is the CURE Clubfoot Program Coordinator in Niger.

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