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Author: Familie

Sophia is 25 today

Today is Sophia’s 25th birthday, her fourth birthday in incomprehensible absence. She was born at home, on an early Tuesday afternoon in 1993. Her father and I remember that moment as if it was yesterday. Our firstborn, a head full of dark hair, big dark eyes, wide open. Barely fully born, she looked us straight in the eyes, as if she wanted to say: ‘Well, here I am’. And there she was indeed, loud and clear, a personality from the start. We named her ‘Sophia’, a beautiful name, Greek for ‘wisdom’. Who could ever have thought that one horrible day,...

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Three years without Sophia

October 28th, 2018 Three years ago Sophia disappeared and the ongoing nightmare started. Three years of devastating insecurity, a daily confrontation with a forest of question marks, a sea of puzzles. It is, for example, unclear what exactly happened between Sophia’s arrival at the very low budget location and her disappearance. Who were present there that evening, who came and who left? We don’t know. What is clear is that the investigation that took place, especially in those crucial first few days, left quite something to be desired. One can wonder how useful it is to rope off a...

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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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