Mark 8 years old
Mark was born on the 1st April 2005 at Uzuakoli, Abia State, Nigeria. Mark was born after 2 siblings had died both within 12 months of being born. Mark's mother and father seperated due to the mother insisting she was a witch. She told her husband she couldn't repent because her father was a native doctor and would die if she confessed to this. Mark's father sent him away with his mother but in 2008 she sent him back. Mark was sent to several schools but everytime, the schools refused to educate him due to his disruptive behaviour. Mark's father re married but his second wife died, 8 months into her pregnancy. Due to the belief that Mark is to blame for this death due to evil spirits within him, he has been abandoned and left to fend for himself. This includes sleeping in the street and begging food from whoever has pity on him. When Mark tries to find shelter away from the street he is often chased away or manhandled. No child in this day and age should be subjected to these conditions. It is our wish that Mark and many more like him can be helped through M.A.R.T.H.A. This is a familiar story throughout rural Nigeria and it is through spreading these appalling stories and making people aware, that we will succeed in our school project. Please, for Mark and children like him, help in any way you can. Nothing will change unless people are aware of the desperate plight of children who are subjected to life without hope and love. Mark has a dream, he just wants a life without suffering. Is that too much to ask ?
For the boy's safety we have changed his real name.