I found this gravestone in Osu a suburb of Accra in Ghana. It belongs to a young German baby born in 1869 at Anyako in the Volta region of Ghana which was part of the German colony of Togoland at the time. He lived for only 91 days. It was likely he died of malaria which was responsible for the death of a lot of the colonialists because they had little resistance to the disease.
His burial site which was a children’s cemetery back in the 1870s is now a car park. Although most of the gravestones have been dug up, one can still find a few of them scattered around.
The inscription at the bottom is quite interesting. It reads ‘dein kind lebt’ which means ‘your child lives’. It’s taken from John 4:50 which the New International Version of the Bible renders as ‘“Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”’
To provide a bit of back story, this happened when Jesus met a royal official who begged him to heal his sick son and Jesus did.
Time threatens to erase all memory of baby Gottlob but may he someday have a second chance at life.
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Author: Sedem Garr