In a Culture Where Twins are a Curse, These Sisters Faced Death
Mabel and Bethel are happy 4-year-old twins. They live together at a children's home built by CBN's Orphan's Promise. Their parents are Christian, but in this remote part of Nigeria, tribal superstition says that twins are a curse.
"When our twins were born, I loved them immediately and my wife loved them too," says the twins' father, Ayuba. "But we knew if we kept them, they would be killed."
Usually when twins are born, they are just left in the back room of a compound to starve to death. If parents want to raise them, at some point, when the father is away, working in the fields, witch doctors will come in tribal masks and costumes, and scare off the mother. They'll give the babies a slow acting poison that takes weeks to kill them. Then the elders and witch doctors will perform an animal sacrifice at an altar to appease the spirits and keep the ghosts of the cursed twins away. Mabel and Bethel's parents wanted to raise them, but they knew what would happen if they tried. So they sent them to the children's home.
"When I heard of that place, I didn't know how I would get the money to pay for my girls to live there," says Ayuba. "Then I learned the people who run it are Christian, like me. They rescued my daughters for free. That touched me in a way I cannot explain."
Gloria and her husband Shola run the home. Together they've taken in more than sixty children.
"Whenever I look into the futures of these children, I can see doctors among them…I can see lawyers, and pastors," says Gloria. "And I can see them going back to their villages, where we rescued them, and changing people's beliefs and superstitions."
The girls are just happy to have beds, and a home to call their own. Living here, they have a chance at a good future, and they still spend time with their parents.
"When I see my twins, my heart absolutely melts," says Ayuba. "At that home they are healthy and well cared for. That makes me very happy. Thank you."
Children want a safe place to rest their heads. But Mabel and Bethel's parents were unable to provide one for them. Thank you, CBN Partners, you made it possible for them to have a new life. Every day, we are reaching out around the world and making a difference in people’s lives. Won’t you reach out too? Join the 700 Club and be a part of a ministry that is transforming lives through eye surgeries, food and clothing programs, humanitarian aid, and so much more—all done in the name of Jesus. Please join today.
For more on how CBN is helping orphans around the world, visit the Orphan's Promise website.