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Sophia’s 24th birthday

December 7, 2017 Sophia turns 24 today. Her third birthday in incomprehensible absence. Lights are always lit for her, in many places. Light as a symbol of hope, warmth and life. May all those lights help Sophia find her way home. A new trip to Uganda has brought new contacts, new possibilities, new hope. That this nightmare will end one day. That Sophia will come home. In the eight weeks that Sophia lives in Kampala and works in the hospital she writes an extensive report every week. Below are several excerpts: ‘I have learned some Luganda already. If you...

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The journey starts

It is August 30th, 2015 and Sophia is checking in for her journey to Uganda, a journey she has still not returned from. Losing a child is the worst thing that can happen to you, all parents know this. But we don’t know if we have really lost our child, if she really won’t come home anymore. A mother whose son was one of the victims of flight MH17, the plane that was taken down over Ukraine three years ago, said in an interview that no child is as present as a deceased child. As Sophia’s mother I immediately...

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Over a year ago

  On Friday October 28th, around eight o’clock in the evening Dutch time, it was a year ago that the telephone call came. ‘Sophia has been missing for over two and a half hours now’. The life we had known until that moment ended abruptly and a terrible nightmare started. It continues to this day. All those things in that former life, so many things one takes for granted, but we no longer can. A good friend said: ‘Our children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces travel all over the world and then come home safely. And then, all of a...

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Back to Uganda

Dear All, It has been silent for a while. Despair sometimes wins the battle with hope but we keep trying to do what we can to go forward. We will not and cannot give up on our Sophia. The search that took place in early May has not given us any true answers. Sophia has not been found and is therefore still missing. We do not know if our questions will ever be answered. But we do what we can. We have no choice. Accompanied by Max (our son, Sophia’s eldest brother), I (Marije) travelled back to Uganda in...

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Update search

Dear all, The forensic search team, lead by Frank van de Goot, has returned from Uganda. They have not found Sophia. Based on their search, their findings and information received from local police the team assumes that an accident happened in which Sophia wound up in the river, with fatal result. At this time all information gathered by the search team is being put together in a report. We have a lot of questions, especially about the information provided by the local police, in some cases information that is entirely new and for that reason leaves quite some question...

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