He Accused Me of Killing My Brother: How a Young Girl in Africa Overcame Abuse

    SILVERDALE, WA – November 18, 2015 – In the latest episode of the Beyond the Village podcast, we hear from a young woman in Malawi named Ireen Banda. As a girl abused by her father, Ireen would face an even greater challenge—the death of her baby brother, from malnutrition.

    “My father accused me of killing my brother,” Ireen says. At six years old, she couldn’t process the pain of this moment or the unfairness of her father’s accusation. Ireen was trapped in a life of abuse and poverty. No one expected her to become much of anything. 
    Then, she was invited to join Children of the Nations’ (COTN) sponsorship program. Suddenly her world opened up. This destitute girl from a poor village grew up to become a confident young woman who is now studying mass communications in college.
    Now Ireen wants to tell her story. In this podcast she talks about how she overcame the pain of her past and how joining COTN’s program helped her heal. 
    To listen to this episode of Beyond the Village, please visit cotni.org/podcast. You can also find the podcast through SoundCloud at soundcloud.com/beyondthevillage and iTunes at itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/beyond-the-village/id1031333689?mt=2.
    About Children of the Nations:
    Children of the Nations® (COTN®) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising children out of poverty and hopelessness so they can become leaders who transform their nations. The organization currently serves in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti, providing care to orphaned and destitute children. For more information, visit cotni.org.
    Contact Information:
    Brian Olson, Senior Editor
    360.536.4169 / brianolson@cotni.org