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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Heartbreaking: See the Disabled Girl Who Was Sold Off to a Gang and Forced to Beg on the Street

A young disabled girl has found succour at last after she was sold off to a gang and forced to beg on the street for survival.
Anabelle was beaten up by traffickers to make her cry in order to evoke sympathy from passersby (Picture: CEN)
 
 
According to a Metro UK report, the mere five-year-old, who suffers from a rare genetic condition, was regularly beaten with a stick to make her cry in order to evoke sympathy from passersby.
 
The girl, known only as Anabelle, was then made to ask strangers for money on the streets of the Philippines.
 
She lived as a slave and all the money she made was taken by drug dealers who held her captive. But she was given a new lease of life after an organisation who rescues little boys and girls caught up in child exploitation stepped in to help.
 
 
Her story touched the heart of Gonzalo Erize, an Argentinian who worked for the Kalipay Negrense Foundation. He became Anabelle’s friend and stood by her side while she had surgery to ease the effects of Crouzon Syndrome.
 
Gonzalo said: ‘The people in charge of her care told me that she woke up at night, shouting from the nightmares from the past.

‘But I was there ready to give Anabelle the opportunity of a better life, where she could play without pain and live worthily.’
 
Little Anabelle was born into poverty in Bacolod city – ironically, known as the ‘City of Smiles’ – on the northwest coast of Negros Island in the Philippines.
 
Her mother could not care for Anabelle and her six siblings so she sold the little girl to a drugs gang. They took advantage of Anabelle’s appearance after the Crouzon Syndrome left her with bulging eyes.
 
The condition, also called congenital craniofacial dysostosis, is characterised by malformations of the skull which limit the development of the face and brain. Anabelle was unable to close her eyes in order to sleep which left her constantly exhausted.
 
 
On the streets she was accompanied by a woman who pretended to be her mother. This woman was burnt repeatedly by the 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. But Anabelle was eventually rescued becoming one of around 200 children helped by the Kalipay Negrense Foundation.
 
Anabelle was treated by paediatricians, dentists and neurologists in the Philippine capital of Manila, who decided she needed urgent surgery.
 
Gonzalo flew from his home in Argentina so he could be with her while she went through the operation.
 
He said: ‘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 the brain being able to grow.

‘It was completely cured and today she knows the meaning of enjoying, of having fun, of living.’

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