Childhood - Bakhita

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BAKHITA was born in 1869 at Olgossa, a small village close to Mt. AGILEREI (m. 500), 20 Km. east of  NYALA city, in South Darfur. Her parents belonged to the DAJU tribe.


From Bakhita's Diary


My family lived at the very heart of Africa, in a village of the Darfur region, known as Olgossa, close to Mt. Agilere. lt consisted of my father, my mother, three brothers and three sisters. I had a twin sister but, as in the case of my parents, I never heard anything about her since the day I was kidnapped.
I then lived a very happy, care-free life, without knowing what suffering meant.
One day my mother decided to go to the fields where we owned plantations and cattle, to make sure that the workers were doing their duty. She insisted that all of us follow her. However my eldest sister, feeling unwell, requested and obtained permission to remain behind, with the youngest child.
While we were in the fields, we heard a great uproar, shouting ami footsteps as if someone was running. We guessed at once what must have happened. Slave merchants had entered the village and were kidnapping people.
We immediately returned home and you may well imagine our great sorrow when we heard that my eldest sister had been carried away by those marauders. The little one fortunately had managed to hide behind the ruins of one of the huts. Otherwise she too would have been caught.
I still remember how my mother cried and how many tears all of us shed on that sad occasion. In the evening, when my father and the villlagers returned home, and he heard what had happened, he was raging with anger and despair. Without hesitation, followed by his hired workers, armed with spears, as it was the custom of our people, he searched the neighbourhood for the whole night and for the whole of the following day -  all in vain. My sister had gone forever.
This was my first meeting with sorrow, and dear God! how many more hours of anguish would be waiting for me as years passed.


 
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