I still shudder when I am at a mall and hear a report on the loudspeaker about a cild being lost.
I remember as if it happened yesterday. My daughter was about a two and a half year old when she got lost.
At the time i was about 6 months pregnant. I was home with my sister and daughter on my day off from work. I had just gone to my next door neighbour to assist with an errand. My baby girl was looking for me, then my sister opened our gate and escorted her next door up to the gate and left.
Unaware that she had some coins with her, she went out the gate. She said she wanted to buy some sweets when we later found and asked why she left the neighbourhood. When i got home she wasn’t there.
She was gone. Simply vanished Gone without a trace.We looked everywhere, checked with the other neighbourhood kids if they had seen her, nothing. Phoned all the police stations and left a word should anyone bring in an unknown child.
I met some boys from my street coming home from work at the train station, because that’s where the shops were.When I described her and what she was wearing they told me they saw her with a man going across the railway line, the man was carrying her.
I called the police station across the railway line. Fortunately there were police patrolling and they saw the two of them. When the man saw the police he said he was taking her to the police.
My daughter was saved and the police brought her home. She told us stye man looked like her uncle that was why she went with him.
I will never forget that day and the fact that being friendly with your neighbours pays. Without those observant boys I would never have found my daughter.
Last but not least i want to say there are no bad mothering, it can happen to anyone. So if it happens to you in future, do not lose hope, go out and look and contact all your friends and neighbours and use all the available resources before its to late.
Posted anonymously, 4th August 2014