Awww: Young Nigerian Migrant From Edo State Gives Birth During Sea Rescue Operation

3 years ago by: kacy lee
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-- Online (f) at 22-07-2016 05:48PM (3 years ago)

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In the midst of her stressful overseas voyage to Europe, Vivian, a very pregnant Nigerian woman from Edo state who departed from the Libyan coast, ended up giving birth on the German naval ship that rescued her and 654 other fleeing migrants.

Her first request when she saw the military chaplain on board? That her newborn son get baptized.

According to the German Military Chaplaincy, Vivian, who is Catholic and likely fleeing ongoing violence and persecution in her country, was one of 655 people who piled onto four flimsy dinghies in order to reach Europe with the hope of a better life.


On July 6, their first day at sea, a German naval ship saw the boats, and, recognizing the precarious condition of the dinghies, described as “un-seaworthy,” brought them on board.

When military chaplain Fr. Jochen Folz saw that Vivian had given birth on board the ship after being rescued, he and the medical team immediately offered their support. After only a few minutes Vivan made one wish very clear: she was Catholic, and she wanted her newborn son to be baptized.

A woman named Martina O., who was also rescued from the dinghies, was allowed to accompany the birth, and agreed to take on the role of the child's godmother.

The rite then proceeded as usual and Vivian named her child “Ikpomosa.” (Ikpomwosan)

When the priest asked her “What do you ask of the Church for Ikpomosa?” Vivian smiled and said proudly: “Baptism, faith and eternal life.” The priest then traced a sign of the cross on the newborn's forehead, inviting his mother and godmother to do the same.



After pouring water over the child's head three times with the sauceboat while reciting the ancient biblical formula: “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” the priest then lit the candle and passed to his godmother.

As a baptismal gift, baby Ikpomosa was given a medal of  St. Michael the Archangel, while Vivian and Martina were each given a medal of the Virgin Mary. All three had been prepared by a medical soldier, who tied a ribbon on each so they could be hung or tied somewhere safe.

While this wasn't the first time Fr. Folz has baptized someone in action, it did mark the first time he did so for a refugee child



-- gogoman (m) at 22-07-2016 05:52PM
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EDO WOMAN I HAIL OO
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-- beneno (m) at 22-07-2016 06:03PM
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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-- Powerfulify (m) at 22-07-2016 06:05PM
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Congrats mother n child
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-- dynasty4all (m) at 22-07-2016 06:10PM
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CONGRATS!!!
SHE MAY NOT THE ACTUAL FATHER OF HER BABY
THESE YOUNG GIRLS THEY SENT TO DO PROSTITUTION LIBYAN
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-- dickieponga (m) at 22-07-2016 06:12PM
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Abeg make una ask am why she dey run from naija especially from Edo state abi na fulani dey chase am..?
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-- dynasty4all (m) at 22-07-2016 06:17PM
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LET TINUBU HELP AREA BOYS TO STOP STEALING, THE MONEY HE IS BEING PAID MONTHLY AS godfather OF LAGOS STATE IS ENOUGH TO PAY ALL LAGOSIANS #10K MONTHLY.
NO WONDER THE WIFE SPENT #75M FOR PROTEST
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-- dickieponga (m) at 22-07-2016 06:19PM
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How did she end up in Libya in d 1st place...?
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-- Markeve (f) at 22-07-2016 06:30PM
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Abeg i nor fit shout congrat mama ikpomwosa.
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-- GermoDon (m) at 22-07-2016 06:32PM
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Quote from: dickieponga on 22-07-2016 06:12PM
Abeg make una ask am why she dey run from naija especially from Edo state abi na fulani dey chase am..?no b u giv am belle
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-- bennieben (m) at 22-07-2016 06:33PM
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Edo nor da cari last
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-- Markeve (f) at 22-07-2016 06:36PM
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mama ikponmwosa boy friend dey happy na 4 libya oh boy do am sharp sharp make u cross go meet ur family.
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-- EDDYPRINCE (m) at 22-07-2016 07:06PM
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HMMMMMMMM NA WA OH ,, WITH PREGNANCY U TOOK SUCH RISK MAY GOD FORGIVE YOU.../
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-- kison (m) at 22-07-2016 07:22PM
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NEXT TIME BE careful, be very very careful, CAREFULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL……………………………….
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-- winace (f) at 22-07-2016 07:25PM
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We thank GOD for her and d new born but they shld stop lying against d country jt to enter abroad.
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-- slimmygal (f) at 22-07-2016 07:54PM
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Dis lady get mind to take such risk with her pregnancy, she no even fear if anything happens. Anyway, congratulations to her.
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-- OLUCHI5 (m) at 22-07-2016 09:12PM
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that name strong oooo. ekpomwusaaàààààæ!
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-- kima77same Online (m) at 22-07-2016 09:37PM
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 They should name the child, the journey was peaceful. Ok, make the authority give them nationality quick, quick
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-- morgan1 (m) at 22-07-2016 10:11PM
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 Roll Eyes
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-- dennisjean (m) at 23-07-2016 12:39AM
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God is good
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