October 28, 2015, the day our lives fell apart and the worst and most unimaginable nightmare started.
The phone call that evening; ‘Sophia has been missing, for two and a half hours now’….
It is, and remains, incomprehensible, unbelievable and unbearable.

Sophia has been missing for six years. It sounds awful and it ís awful.
Each and every day she dominates our thoughts and we keep hoping that one day we will wake up from this devastating nightmare that has been going on far too long already. The day we find Sophia and we can leave all of this behind us. Have an ordinary life again.

If and when that day will arrive we don’t know.
Until then we want to thank all the people who, like us, refuse to give up on Sophia.
The people who keep supporting us in whichever way they can. Also on extra rough days like that 28th day of October, with kind words, cards, flowers and donations.
We are so grateful.

Sophia cannot and must not be forgotten. As her mother I will do all I can to make sure of that.
On Thursday 28 October the Ugandan paper New Vision published the article I wrote for that day, the Daily Monitor followed on Saturday 30 October.

Below please find the links to the online version of the article in both papers.
Also a pdf of the paper version in New Vision.

Marije Slijkerman
Gerard, Max en Jan Koetsier

https://www.newvision.co.ug/articledetails/118431

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/oped/commentary/six-years-without-sophia-we-miss-her-so-very-much-3600890

PDF: 2021 NV 6 years