Rahma’s story went viral earlier this year when freelance photojournalist Sani Maikatanga shared pictures of physically challenged girl carried by her 10-year-old brother in bowl. Her case drew sympathy and attracted a lot of donations in cash, cloth, foodstuff, from individuals and Kano State government.
A family member said Rahma suddenly died after a brief illness. Confirming the sad news hours ago, Sani Maikatanga posted her photo on Instagram and wrote:
“Rahma Haruna a 19 years old girl has pass away on Sunday 25th of December 2016 … may Almighty God grant her peace … amen”
Born in Lahadin Makole village in Kano, when Rahma was six months, her arms and legs stopped developing.
From six months when she learnt how to sit that was when it began. She didn’t learn how to crawl.” her mother Fadi said. “She started with a fever and that was it. Then stomach pains. Then her body parts like hands and legs. She cannot use any if the ache strikes.” For much of her life, Rahma’s family would carry her in her bowl, with her brother Fahad taking her into Kano each day to beg for alms. Later, a journalist Ibrahim Jirgi, gave the family a wheelchair.
Despite her severe disability, Rahma had entrepreneurial ambition. “I want to start a business. A store and anything people buy. That is what I want” she said.
May her soul rest in peace. Amen.