- Photojournalist GMB Akash has shared the heartbreaking story of a nine-year-old girl
- She has to take care of her younger brother and mentally ill mom
- At the same time, the face biting poverty
Renowned Bangladeshi photojournalist GMB Akash has shared a heartbreaking story of a nine-year-old girl who already has responsibility thrust on her.
Akash shared Fatema's story on his Facebook page, writing in the same way she narrated it to him.
Fatema begins by saying: "I do not like if anyone think I am a child. I am nine years old. My younger brother is 2.5 years old. He is a child, not me. It’s been one year I am working. I started working since my mother had mental problem."
Fatema said her father abandoned them a year ago, after which they have gone through great suffering. At her young age, she has been forced to work due to her mother's mental illness.
They lacked a place to sleep and food to eat. Her mother even appeared to contemplate drowning herself in a local pond when they were homeless and living under a tree.
Fatema said they eventually moved back to the city, where she took her mother to a free hospital for treatment.
In a heartbreaking exchange, the doctor asked her who her mother's guardian was. Fatema said: "I told her, I am the guardian."
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Her mother eventually got better and they got a house to live in, but their situation is still challenging.
Fatema's story has gone viral. Many commenters expressed sympathy and some offered to help. See some of the comments below.
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