15 September 2013
Kevin is a common girl’s name here. In American, it is a man’s name, but when I said this to Christine, she laughed! To her the idea that a man might be named Kevin (as opposed to a woman) seemed silly.
Recently a woman named Kevin came here in preterm labor – she’s not due til November – brought on by a UTI. It appeared that her water had broken, so we were concerned and planning to transfer her to hospital, but contractions stopped, she stopped leaking water (suggesting that her bag had resealed itself, which can, thank God, happen), and her pain from the infection began to go away as she drank water and took antibiotics (and even received a little prayer on her behalf :)). It made my heart happy to see this woman smile as her condition improved.
After a day or so, Kevin’s mother and husband came to visit her, and they had words (as the saying goes) over her illness. It came out that Kevin’s husband has been very abusive toward her during pregnancy, forcing her to have sex against her will and maltreating her in other ways. So Kate explained to him that this was not acceptable, and then she turned to Christine and urged her to speak freely about the need for him to change his ways. Christine did.
Christine had been about to catch a transport to Gulu to visit her family. “But for this,” she said. “I am willing to delay.”