LIFE DRAMA: Story of 16 year old victim who contracted HIV after serially raped

“While a murderer destroys the physical frame of the victim, a rapist degrades and defiles the soul of a helpless female,” is the famous quote on this topic.

16 years old Blessing Dennis left her village for Port Harcourt in search for greener pasture , she had big dreams, she was hopeful life could be better, she must have thought that money grew on trees and a decent hole must be easy to come by in a big city of Port Harcourt.

Unfortunately things were not as she had anticipated and her hope shattered like a pack of cards when confronted with the realities as she was forced to find shelter under the bridge where she was mercilessly ganged-raped.

The rape incident not only got her pregnant, but also infected her with HIV. For months she rode around Port Harcourt with her protruding stomach begging and doing odd jobs.

After locating Omega Power Ministry and the general overseer of the church, Apostle Chubuzor Chinyere upon hearing her pitiful story, he directed the Free OPM Specialist Hospital to register her for antenatal and subsequently took her to his house where she was staying before she recently delivered a baby girl through caesarian having being tested positive to HIV

Her words: “I am Blessing Dennis from Oruk Anam local government in Akwa Ibom State. I was living in my village with my grandmother who had been taking care of me from infant after the death of my mother, at a point she told me she doesn’t have money to train me in school, so I did not have opportunity to go to school at all.

“I decided to find my way and seek for who could help me, so I left the village to try my luck in a big city. I had small money that could take me from my village to Port Harcourt. When I got to Port Harcourt I had nowhere to stay so I think I could manage sleeping under the flyover bridge and early morning when I wake up I’ll go and sell sachets water so I could feed. One day I return from my business to rest.

“I had carried the rubber mat I used in sleeping hiding at one corner for night to come and as I stepped into by corner to lay my head, I met two boys there asked me what am I doing there, and I told them that’s where I am sleeping, as I do not have where to stay. They told me that they want to sleep with me but I don’t agree, and they showed me a gun.

“I became very frightened and began to pray to God to help me. They said if I don’t agree with them my dead body will be dumped by the roadside for passersby to see tomorrow morning. I was asked to lay down and at that point I complied and both of them took turns to sleep with me, subsequently, when it was time for me to see my period, It didn’t come and before I could notice my belly had shootout.

“And everywhere was closed down because of lockdown, nobody moved on the road not to talk of selling sachet water and I was hiding there with no water or food to take. I was praying to God for help, so eventually when the lockdown was eased I came out and begged for food, my body had become weak and shaking, one aunty that did give me sachets water to sell gave me food.

“People were asking me how I am going to handle the baby in my belly; who is going to train the baby, and I did not go to hospital to check my body. No medicine to drink, no money for a scan and my stomach is becoming big day-by-day.

“Some people advised me to sell the baby after delivery, but I was scared that the police might catch me if I want to do such, but they’re giving me confidence that I will be caught, but I refused to take such advice. As I was roaming around and explaining my predicament to people, I met one aunty who told me about one OPM, she said that the church operates free hospital, that I might be lucky to be admitted, she directed me and gave me little money that transported me to Aluu where the church was located.

“When I got to the church I narrated my story to the ushers and they took me before the general overseer, and when the Papa heard my story, he pitied me and took me to his house. Following day he told them to take me to the hospital where I was registered and run some tests on me after which I was told to have HIV.

“They said I will deliver the baby through operation so that my baby will not contact the deceased. I delivered a baby girl and Papa bought all the baby needs and took us back to his house where we are being taken care of”.

About the author

Adewale Adenrele Muhideen

Journalist ,PR, Researcher, Culture and Tourism promoter, Business Development Consultant.

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