GUWAHATI, Oct 29 � Though life emerged with a tragic facet for Bhanita, Rupam, Namita and Nayan at a very young age, a glimmer of hope is still shining in their lives as the state government, an entire flood-affected village and SOS Children's Village, Guwahati have come together to script a new journey for these children.
Siblings Bhanita Kumari and Rupam Kumar, aged 8 years and 13 years respectively, lost their parents in the recent flood when their village Belpara in Kamrup district faced the fury of nature for the first time. Sister and brother Namita Kumari respectively, and Nayan Kumar, aged 8 and 13 years lost their mother in the flood. Their father had expired several years back.
All these four orphaned children, cousins by relation were officially admitted to SOS Children's Village on Wednesday marking the beginning of a new chapter in their lives. J Balaji, DC, Kamrup who accompanied the children to SOS Children's Village said that the state government will bear complete responsibility of these children.
Aunt of the children Minati Kumari who had been looking after them since the tragedy struck expressed the wish to see the children turn into better citizens who would also do something worthwhile for the society.
"I still can�t get over my shock. I lost my family members including my son and I only pray that the children get all the happiness in their lives," said a visibly distressed Minati. This woman will always remember 2014 as the most dreadful year in her life. Apart from the family members who were the parents of the children, Minati lost her 27 years old son who was the sole bread winner in the family. Now she and her husband are struggling to meet their daily expenditure. Their flood ravaged home is yet to be built properly as there is no income generating option for them.
�However, I am grateful to all my neighbours who have been supporting the children at this hour of crisis," said Minati, adding that the village of Belpara will always stand by the children.
Minati wants higher education for the children and she is hopeful that in the SOS Children's Village all the four will grow up to be responsible citizens.