A NEW FAMILY
Denis has suffered way too much in his young life– not just pain from his bowed legs but the heart-pain of abuse. His sister has given him a new home and a new start.
Denis lives in rural Uganda, with his sister, Roy, her husband Ronald, and their three children – Rita (8), Linda (6), and Fred (1). It wasn’t always this way, though…
One year ago, Denis lived with his natural father. Though – because of his bent legs – he was neglected, even abused.
“While all other children at my father´s place were sent to school, Denis was neglected by the father.” Roy, Denis’ sister, now caregiver, says. “He didn´t bring the boy to a doctor or send him to school. Instead the father gave him funny and abusive names because of his disability. He has even beaten the boy”.
Roy confronted her father.
“I felt so bad for Dennis and I asked my father: Why do you mistreat the boy? But he gave me some money for transport and said: If I mistreat the boy you should take care of him.”
And so Roy and her husband Ronald accepted Denis into their family – as one of their own children.