A dying woman, who requested for urgent help in one of our previous stories, has passed away.
Haja, a homeless woman whose health was terribly impaired due to her left arm and right fingers decomposing from tightly worn bangles and rings, has lost the battle for her life.
Weeks after she was featured in the Daily Observer in an appeal for assistance, Haja lay helplessly in the center of the Vai Town Bridge, dying.
Seeing the women suffering from pain and at a later point, being crippled by infection from her wounds, many people felt helpless to try and save the woman.
“Haja just lay out there in the street like a pile of garbage. She passed away with her eyes open, something that tells me she was happy to go,” said Augustine, a woman selling in a nearby store where Haja’s body was found.
Haja, before her death, lived on the streets for a long time. No one ever knew where she came from. Before her death, Haja told our reporter that her situation was a result of not having a place to live rather than her being “mentally disabled.”
Women selling in stores around Vai Town stood on the empty sidewalk where Haja once lay for months. Remembering a woman who never wanted hand outs, but was receiving whenever gestures were made to her, the Vai town market women say Haja will be missed.
“She’s gone now to rest because she really suffered,” Augustine added.