MAAYIMUNA NYEELENI NJAYI N’DIAYE – RECOVERED!

MAAYIMUNA NYEELENI NJAYI N’DIAYRE

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Maayimuna has been recovered!  Thank you to all of those who followed her case and helped to bring her home safely.

WELCOME HOME MUNA!

Maayimuna Nyeeleni Njayi N'Diaye - WELCOME HOME

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The Journey To Bring Muna Home …..

Muna and Noelle

Muna and Noelle

Muna, Rysa and Noelle

Muna, Rysa and Noelle

Having Muna home is a miracle and blessing in its self.  It is what we hope for in every missing child case.  What I particularly love about Muna’s case, is how her mother fought with complete conviction and peace.  Through following her journey to bring her daughter home, you can’t help but to be moved and inspired.  Noelle Hunter is an incredible role model in showing other families what their options are, and how to build support systems to take them closer to the day when their children are brought home.

Muna

Muna

Two and a half years after Maayimuna Nyeeleni Njayi N’Diayre (referred to as Muna) was abducted by her father, Ibrahim N’Diaye, this beautiful little angel finally was brought home and is once again in the arms of her adoring family.  The journey to that day has been riddled with challenges.  On Christmas day in 2011, Noelle Hunter met with her ex-husband, N’Diaye, for a custodial exchange.

Muna and Ibrahim N'Diaye

Muna and Ibrahim N’Diaye

Muna was going to spend some time over the holidays with her father.  Noelle never expected what happened next.  On Decemeber 27, N’Diaye flew with Muna to Mali, and so started the 2 and half year nightmare for Muna’s family.

One of the biggest hurdles in bringing Muna home is that Mali is not a signatory to the civil treaty, The Hague Convetional on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, so there is no protocol set in place for dealing with international parental abductions.

Noelle Hunter

Noelle Hunter

International abductions are notoriously laborous and difficult to work through even between signatory countries of the Hague Convention.  To wade through the process which Noelle needed to to bring Muna home, was no small feat.  Noelle has always been very open about the political aspects of the case and has credited many organizations and politicians for their tireless work in bringing Muna home.

Muna

Muna

The US State Department Office of Children’s Issues, the Mali Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Mali Embassy and the Mali UN Ambassador in New York, all worked together in the hopes of a peaceful and successful resolution, but were stone walled by N’Diaye’s complete refusal to cooperate in any way in Muna’s best interests.  Noelle would let nothing stand in her way, and through protesting and working with all of the government officials that were comitted to Muna’s case, the day finally came to bring her daughter home.  When all court hearings were said and done, all of N’Diaye’s appeals denied, under the protection of the Mali and American governments, Noelle and Muna once again stepped onto American soil together, joining Muna’s older sister, Rysa.

Muna

Muna

Although Noelle and Muna are back in the United States, Noelle remains concerned about Muna’s safety and is taking precautions to ensure nothing like this can happen again.  While they celebrate Muna’s return home, they also know that they still have a lot of work ahead of them.  Muna can speak three languages, French, English and Bambara, but she has never been taught how to read and write in English.  It is the next hurdle to face, but with a bright and exceptionally intelligent little girl like Muna, I am sure it will take no time at all for her to catch up.

Noelle Hunter

Noelle Hunter

Noelle is very aware of the chaos that has taken over Muna’s life the last few years, and she is doing an exceptional job at being attentive and sensitive to her daughter’s adjusting to life back at home.  She encourages Muna to talk about her father and his family and how much Muna misses them.  Noelle has even reached out to N’Diaye in hopes of allowing him and Muna and talk over the phone.

Muna

Muna

“I want her to communicate with him and his family, even though this is what has happened because it is what is best for Muna.  I have tried and will continue to try to have a friendly relationship with him because I am a peaceful person,” stated Muna.  I only hope I could be as big of a person as Noelle is being given what she and Muna have been through.  She demonstrates what putting a child’s best interests first and foremost means, and it is a message we all should and could learn from.  We need to do what is best for our children, the innocent ones that get caught up in the mess and poor decisions of the adults in their life.

To stay up to date on all the work Noelle Hunter and her family are doing to help other parents bring their children home from countries who are not signatories to The Hague Convention On The Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, check out their website at:

http://www.mission4muna.com/

Muna

Muna

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LF Muna Maayimuna Nyeeleni Njayi N'Diaye POSTER

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Maayimuna Nyeeleni Njayi N'Diaye

Maayimuna Nyeeleni Njayi N’Diaye

Maayimuna Nyeeleni Njayi N’Diayre

Date of Birth: August 22, 2007

Black Female

Height: 3’4”     Weight: 40 lbs

Hair: Black     Eyes: Brown

Missing: January 1, 2012     From: Morehead, KY

Nickname: Muna and Nee

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Maayimuna Nyeeleni Njayi N'Diaye

Maayimuna Nyeeleni Njayi N’Diaye

Maayimuna was abducted by her father.  A felony warrant was issued for Ibrahim on January 13, 2012.  They are believed to be in Mali.

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Ibrahim N'Diaye

Ibrahim N’Diaye

Ibrahim N’Diaye

Date of Birth: April 27, 1965

Black Male

Height: 6’0”     Weight: 200 lbs

Hair: Black     Eyes: —

Alias First Name: Iba

Distinguishing Features: He has a scar on his forhead.

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If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Maayimuna Nyeeleni Njayi N’Diaye, please immediately contact the Morehead Police Department at:

1-606-784-7511

OR

The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at:

1-800-843-5678

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~ by LTWH on March 6, 2012.

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