Woman Burnt By Husband Recovers; Gets Financial Assistance(PHOTO)

The woman who was severely burnt with a hot pressing iron by her husband early this year, Mrs Mercy Nnadi, has been fully rehabilitated by three non-governmental organisations.

The three NGOs came together to set up an appeal fund, to help Mercy after the incident. They drew the attention of the Lagos State Government to the case, and the government, through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, immediately swung into action.

The campaign resulted in the ministry helping to offset Mercy’s medical bills substantially. The ministry paid the sum of N830,000; took Mercy away from the private hospital she was at Okota; and got her admitted into Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

After she was discharged, Mercy was taken to the state government-owned shelter for abused women and young girls. The groups also raised money for Mercy, which they used to get her a furnished one-room apartment. Besides, they also gave her a cheque of N150, 000 to enable her to start a small-scale business.

Mercy, who was grateful for the kind gesture, thanked God for restoring her health. She said although she had lost her only child, her ordeal was for a reason and she would use her experience to touch the lives of abused women.

“I never believed I would be alive and well. I’m still very sad over the death of my son but I believe God has a purpose for me. If I ever see a woman being abused, I will counsel her,” she said.

The NGOs that helped Mercy her Project Alert on Violence Against Women, Centre for Organisational Development and Zahara Women;

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