By Josephine Mugiyo
A basic good night sleep is something a 9-year old boy from Molife village under chief Chinamhora in Ruwa can only wish for.
Mysterious goings-on have been a daily nightmare for the young boy since his father’s death. More from the following report
There are a few adjectives that can describe the horrors that 9-year-old Tom (not his real name) has lived through over the last couple of months.
From mysterious loss of sight, night encounters with ghostly figures and inexplicable stone throws targeting only him in a family of 5. This story is as puzzling as much as it is true.
The rest that night brings after a day’s hard work or play in his instance is nothing short of a paradise dream for young Tom.
Each night, the boy endures never ending battles with a world we have only become accustomed to in films.
Only that this is not a script but reality haunting this family of 5.
It is almost 11.pm and our news crew meets Tom and his family in search of refuge from being bombarded by stones and pounding walls which have become a frequent occurrence.
No one can tell where the pounding comes from but the boy who also lost his sight under what his mother believes are bizarre circumstances is said to be the target of these mysterious attacks.
The problem started when my husband died, Even during the funeral I was barred from attending the burial proceedings as I was accused of killing him. That was to be the beginning of our problems as a family as my son then became blind coupled with several mysterious attacks, said the mother.
Daylight brings relief to the family and upon visiting them, the neatly swept yard aptly hides the horrors this family has to face.
As Tom plays with his peers, he probably wishes for a life like theirs.
His mother longs for a return to normalcy but most particularly for Tom.
My child is suffering, I have tried to get help but to no avail, she added.
Fellow villagers have taken turns to offer a place to sleep for this family when night falls. But some are now hesitant as the mysterious happenings follow the family even when they seek refuge.
They came to our house seeking refuge, but as soon as they arrived stones started being thrown by objects we couldn’t see, said a neighbour.
Schools are opening soon for non-examination classes and young Tom is expected to go back to Kapota School in Masvingo but his mother is worried as she doesn’t know if the strange occurrences will follow her child to school.