Leaving Home

Returning from a trip in to the city this afternoon we were met by a young girl waiting at the end of the road.  We assumed she was a neighbour’s child waiting for a friend and went on our way. Two hours later she approached the house and introduced herself as Victoria, a 12 year old, Mercy in Action had given emergency shelter to a year ago when her father threw her out.

Today weeks of  arguing culminated in him shouting at her, “Get out of here; I never want to see your face again!”

I can picture a hundred scenarios that would cause a lone father to lose his temper with a head strong daughter, but to tell her never to return is a dangerous request.

Tonight Victoria will sleep safely at our Children’s Centre, tomorrow we have, by law, to return her to city social workers who will do their best to patch things up between father and daughter.  Let’s hope and pray that they manage to do so.  The next time he tells her to disappear she may actually do just that and join thousands of others for whom the streets are their only home.

By Allison Todd

2 Responses to “Leaving Home”
  1. Tim says:

    Whats happened to Victoria ?

  2. fra neale says:

    keep up the great work you are doing.

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