Sidr gave birth to Sidr Jona
Prophet Jona who once was swallowed by a fish got back his life. This Biblical history teaches us that God can do anything. On the 15th November 2007, when Sidr the devastating storm, was crushing the south-western part of Bangladesh, the people over there prayed to God to save them. At that dangerous moment, a baby was born there. His parents named him Sidr Jona after the dangerous storm Sidr. It means that, like Prophet Jona, He saved baby’s life from Sidr.
Baby Sidr Jona Sarker, born during the Sidr Cyclone
During the Sidr, when storm blew violently and tidal surge inundated the area, Gorgi Sarker (24) brought his pregnant wife named Sathi Sarker (19) to a school building. Suddenly she felt her labour begin. Gorgi knew that his aunty had received training as a midwife. He took a risk and went to his aunt’s house to fetch her. By then, the first floor of the building was washed out by the strong rain. Shathi remained lying on the wet floor.
In the middle of the night, with high winds outside and a tidal surge, Sathi gave birth to a male baby. Both the mother and baby were senseless. Some people rescued them from the crowd taken shelter in that school building. They blew mouth-to-mouth respiration, messaged the body of the baby’s mother to create heat. That school building is situated in a church campus. A man went out and collected some hot water from the near by house of catechist. Though the efforts and prayer of the people, the mother and the baby got back their senses.
Now the baby Sidr Jona Sarker has four teeth. He has been suffering from cold and a cough since his birth. Proper treatment is essential for him. His affectionate father has not enough money for healthcare.
His father Gorgi is a fisherman. He catches fish in the near canal close to the Sunderbon, which is a mangrove forest. On average Gorgi had earned Tk. 1200/- every week before the Sidr hit the locality.
After the SIDR, Bangladesh Government, Caritas Bangladesh, Church of Bangladesh, Najarin Church and the Daily Protham Alo (a daily Bangla newspaper) group gave them food items as relief. The Daily Protham Alo group also gave them Caritas sheet for re-construction of their house and thirty thousand Taka to establish a business. Gorgi has a shop named ``Sidr store’’ where food items are sold.
Gorgi dreams of educating his son. He said, “God saved my son from Sidr, Please pray for him so that we may be able to prepare him as an ideal citizen for the society. We have got our son in a terrific moment, which we cannot forget. Our Sidr Jona reminds us the pain of Sidr as God’s blessing is with us nothing is able to destroy our joy .”
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