Like many girls her age, 12-year-old Mimi* left her Rwandan village for a job in the city, hoping to help her poor family. But after years of hard work, she was barely earning enough to survive.
Then, all at once, her fragile world fell apart: Mimi was raped by her employer’s brother and cast out to the streets. Alone and afraid, she discovered she was pregnant. Her baby came early, and they spent months in and out of hospitals—weak, penniless and feeling powerless to seek help.
But she bravely told her story to nurses at a local clinic, who called police and IJM Rwanda. She was not alone anymore; we were able to stand up for Mimi and help her heal. We fought for justice in court, and the man who raped her was convicted and sent to prison.
Today, Mimi is safe at home, with new confidence and new skills she learned through IJM. Her IJM social worker says, “You can see the future shine in her eyes.”
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IJM: Mimi’s StoryIn Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Social Justice on March 4, 2013 at 3:11 pm