Janet Apio had a normal delivery. But all was not well with her daughter Beatrice Ajok. Ajok was born with a little swelling on her fore head, just slightly above her eyes. At the beginning it was too small and there was no cause to worry. But as baby Ajok grew, the swelling also grew. Baby Ajok is a resident of Lamola Parish Odeke Sub County in Gulu district.

Baby Ajok’s plight came to light when Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) staff were traversing northern Uganda as part of the aid caravan to nodding disease families.

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Baby Beatrice Ajok with his mother. 

Now Ajok is 5 months old and the swelling has grown too big and very painful. The mother worries that soon, it will cover her eyes and she won’t be able to see. According to his mother Janet Apio, the child is always crying due to the unbearable pain. So in order to relieve the pain, the baby is always on painkillers.

‘’ Ajok was operated once in Mbale hospital..after the operation, the swelling reduced for some time then it resumed growing… I was told to take him back after one month but failed to get transport to Mbale ..’’ Apio says. But the swelling won’t wait for transport. It is growing bigger and bigger and if Ajok does not get expert help very soon, it might grow as big as her head or even bigger. Now the mother is asking kind hearted Ugandans to give her a helping hand. She needs about 500,000 shillings for transport from Gulu to Mbale and upkeep while admitted.

Now IRCU has started mobilizing support to come to baby Ajok’s rescue. For help please call 0784 61 68 13.

By Nuliat Nambaziira

Communications and Public Relations Assistant IRCU