This disfigured slavegirl was beaten to make her cry so she would make more money while begging on the streets of Philippines… until her hero stepped in to save her This disfigured slavegirl was beaten to make her cry so she would make more money while begging on the streets of Philippines… until her hero stepped in to save her
A severely disabled Filipino girl has been given a new lease of life, following years of being forced to beg on the streets after... This disfigured slavegirl was beaten to make her cry so she would make more money while begging on the streets of Philippines… until her hero stepped in to save her

A severely disabled Filipino girl has been given a new lease of life, following years of being forced to beg on the streets after her mother sold her to a drugs gang.The girl, only known as Anabelle, would be beaten by her slavers to make her cry so as to evoke sympathy from passersby in Bacolod city on the northwest coast of Negros Island in  Philippines.Anabelle , seven years old  was finally rescued by a charity aged five, where a kindhearted volunteer made it his mission to pay for her to have surgery.Anabelle suffers from  rare genetic condition Crouzon Syndrome, also called congenital craniofacial dysostosis.It causes premature fusion of the skull bones, leading to malformations of face and is characterised by bulging eyes.Her mother could not care for Anabelle and her six siblings so she sold  little girl to a drugs gang, who took advantage of Anabelle’s appearance.On the streets she was accompanied by a woman who pretended to be her mother, and they would both be who would be beaten repeatedly by  gang before being sent out to beg for money.The pair were moved from one city to another by traffickers to prevent police from locating them.

She was finally taken in by Kalipay Negrense Foundation, an organisation who rescues Filipino children caught up in trafficking and exploitation.There, her story touched the heart of visiting volunteer Gonzalo Erize from Argentina, who pledged his own savings and helped raised money for Anabelle to have surgery.Mr Erize told ‘The people in charge of his care told me that she woke up at night, shouting from the nightmares from the past.’But I was there ready to give Anabelle  opportunity of a better life, where she could play without pain and live worthily.’

Anabelle was treated by paediatricians, dentists and neurologists in the Philippine capital of Manila, who decided she needed urgent surgery.It became clear that Anabelle was unable to close her eyes in order to sleep, which left her constantly exhausted.Mr Erize flew from his home in Argentina so he could be with her while she went through the operation.He told ‘I stood by her during the whole process. It was a complicated process, a very delicate situation, in which the passing of time was a constant threat.’But again all the effort was worth it. Anabelle came out successfully from cranial surgery, resulting in  brain being able to grow.’It was completely cured and today she knows the meaning of enjoying, of having fun, of living.’

Henry Okafor

  • Sparkle gazaway

    2018-01-21 #1 Author

    This has got to be the lost heart breaking thing ever….

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  • carnetta trotter

    2018-01-21 #2 Author

    God is with her and watching over her. Things are getting better for her. She will have a bright and amazing future.

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  • Cristy

    2018-01-22 #3 Author

    Now she will be in good care

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  • Tee

    2018-01-25 #4 Author

    The perso doing this should be sentenced to life

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  • Dooshima Stephanie

    2018-01-26 #5 Author

    God bless the good Samaritan

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