Culled from The Sun
Life has actually tasted bitter for Geri Laadi. She is just 25, but was orphaned at 10. In all these years, she had been the one toiling and taking care of herself. When death deprived her of parental care, she had to fend for herself and get basic educationThe young woman then struggled to become a better person in life, regardless of her background. With her zeal, ambition, the young lady financed her education to earn NCE certificate from the College of Education, Katsina-Ala, Benue State.
One morning, on her way to work, she landed in another trouble that bred the pains she lives with. In tears, her elder sister, Caroline Anande, a widow with seven children narrated her younger sister’s close shave with death to Abuja Metro. Geri could not talk to us, but could only write down responses relating to the incident, because her tongue was almost cut off, her mouth terribly wounded by bullets robbers shot at her mouth. She could not turn her head either because the bullet hit part of her neck. She lay helplessly in bed with sanitary tissues stuffed into the mouth to suck up saliva that drips uncontrollably from there. She indicated that they had lived in the same area of Abuja for over five years. Geri’s trouble further burdens her elder sister whose late husband was buried just three months ago. “My heart is heavy, I am heartbroken looking at my sister lying in pains, she was supporting me immensely with the little income since my husband died. We had been managing to cope with our lean resources until armed robbers surfaced to wipe sleep away from our eyes.”
This poor widow explained that Geri, always leaves home at 4:30am for work, though she left at 5am that morning, because of the daily traffic on the Nyanya-Mararaba express But she couldn’t get to Abuja-Keffi expressway to board a bus that will convey her to town that day. PROCEED TO SEE MORE ON PAGE 2