This week, I’m prepping to attend the Wild Mountains Memoir Writer’s Conference in Washington state, where Cheryl Strayed and other amazing staff members will (hopefully) help me improve my craft.
Given that, I was sure I might skip posting something for the blog this Sunday.

Then tonight, I stumbled upon a very sad story from the Black and Missing Foundation’s blog  at

Maayimuna  N’Diaye, Dr. Noelle Hunter’s daughter  from Kentucky,  went missing  in 2011 by her father and taken to Mali.

Who is the Black and Missing Foundation? I wondered.

According to the website, the Black and Missing Foundation, Inc (BAM FI) has been established as a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring awareness to missing persons of color; provide vital resources and tools to missing person’s families and friends and to educate the minority community on personal safety.

Founded in 2008 by a veteran law-enforcement official and public relations specialist, BAM FI will create public awareness campaigns for public safety and provide parents and loved ones of missing persons with a forum for spreading the word of their disappearance, with pictures and profiles of missing individuals. BAM FI will use a variety of media, including print, television, and the internet, to help locate missing persons of color for this severely under-served population.

Despite me being a white woman located in Alaska, I instantly felt a bond with Dr. Hunter.We’re much more alike than different.

*We are mothers of internationally abducted children.

*We are writers.

*We are from Kentucky.

*And we are STUBBORN!
 Dr. Hunter is using every type of social media and resource available to her to bring her daughter home. 

A people-pleaser, faced with the conundrum of an international parental child abduction, will not succeed in bringing their child home.
And that’s the good news about being a human who experiences a crisis. You find more connections than ever with people you might not have met otherwise.

Best wishes to Dr. Noelle Hunter, and all of the parents who are seeking the return of their children.
And wish me luck at the conference.

See you next week.

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