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Sad scenes as 10 year-old girl watches mother hang herself

Sad scenes as 10-year-old girl watch mother hang herself. The girl who cannot be named for ethical reasons saw her mother ending her life right in front of her eyes. A 10-year-old girl Chirongoma Village girl a had the horror of witnessing her mother tie a rope around her neck before hanging herself from a tree.

Her grandmother Mbuya Aleta Gunyangu–Jaricha said that her granddaughter, who is one of the most brilliant pupils at Boroma Primary School is showing signs of trauma and may suffer a nervous breakdown if she does not receive the right counselling as a matter of urgency.

Her school head, Esdon Mukuma confirmed the story and said that one of the school teachers who specialised in the area of counselling will start working on the girl next week. The girl talked to The Mirror and said she cried throughout as her mother went through the paces of hanging herself.

“Mama vakasvuvura gavi, vakazvisunga muhuro. Vakabva vakwira mumuti murefu vakasungira gavi riya pamuti ndokubva vazvirembedza. Vakatanga kukava-kava vakaita weti. Ini ndaingochema ndichidaidza vanhu. Vanhu vakazouya vakandiudza kuti mama vako vatofa (My mother got a fresh tree bark and tied it around her neck. She climbed up a very tall tree and tied the bark to the tree branch. She then jumped off from the branch and dangled in the air and kicked around as she tried to remove the bark from her neck. She passed urine and I was crying out for help until some villagers came and told me that my mother was dead,” said the juvenile.

Her grandmother said what made the death worse is that Ellen committed suicide while her own little daughter watched. “I really don’t understand why Ellen had to do that when her daughter was watching. When I look at my granddaughter and try to think of what she went through I almost faint.

“My granddaughter came back from the hill a while after she left with her mother. She was holding her mother’s shoes in one hand and a mobile phone in the other. We were sitting here and I asked her where her mother was and she said she hung herself and was dead. No one said anything. For what seemed like a decade everyone remained quiet.

Now my granddaughter is afraid even to enter the house alone, even in the afternoon. She has fear. I am really frightened that she can have a nervous breakdown because of what she saw,” said Mbuya Jaricha.

Source – iHarare

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