On the 28th of August 2018 this beautiful angel became subject to yet another one of this world’s horrific and diabolical ways. Her only fault was of course existing in a cruel and inhuman era, but how could she have possibly known this, at only 9-years of age.
Yet we all know in our hearts that even at this prime and pure age she too had dreams and aspirations of becoming somethingt
Perhaps a teacher, or a doctor, maybe a lawyer or a scientist, but only God knows now, because her parents, relatives, friends and even society will never live to see these days.
We will never know her pass her 9 years because the joy of her next birthday and her right to live has been snatched away with the blink of an eye.
The Nation’s hopes and prayers of her return just shortly after being reported missing all in vain. What remains now is a dark and heavy cloud of what if’s and why’s.
And for her parents, as we can all imagine, the world has stopped.
What is most unimaginable is her sweet and scared little voice as she cried and fought for dear life and no one could hear her. No one could save her.
No child deserves to be agonized in this or any other manner and no parent deserves this kind of grief.
They say that joy comes in the morning but how much so when such great sorrow has befallen this little girl’s family.
We were never safe and now, our children too aren’t safe.
Some seek justice, but what is justice and how does it fill the emptiness, the anger, the regret. How does it make up for the loss of a guiltless 9-year old?
While we seek for answers, solutions and remedies, rest in peace sweet face, rest in calm and eternal peace
(Cheryl is a 9-year-old Namibian girl who’s body parts were recently found mutilated in a river-bed in Windhoek’s Khomasdal settlement.)