Tim and I were seeing an infant in the clinic today who was brought into the exam room by grandma. When we inquired about the child’s mother we were told she was out in the hall. Further discussion revealed to us a local custom. When the first grandchild in a family is conceived the mother-to-be moves back home with her mother. She then stays at home until the child is born and then stays an additional 2 years. Mom then moves back home with her husband and grandma then raises the child as her own.
Tim at Work
We talked later with Sister Xaveria about this and she related that the custom is dying out now that civilization has arrived. I can not see this custom catching on back at home.
Jim and Terry Hake have been at St. Martin de Porres Hospital in Njinikom, Cameroon since July 2010. With the prayerful support of their family and friends, and relying on Our Lord to be their daily companion, they are in the second year of a three year mission.