St. Josephine was born in an affluent family in Sudan. Her uncle was the village chief. She had three brothers and three sisters. She enjoyed a very happy and carefree early-life.
Her life took a dramatic turn when she was abducted by Arab slave traders and sold several times, over the course on the next twelve years. It is said that the trauma of her abduction caused her to forget her own name. Therefore, she took one given to her by the slave traders, Bakhita which meant lucky in Arabic. She was also forcibly converted to Islam. Continue reading