Some dark moments

Regina Afanwi Young
Posted December 17, 2020 from Cameroon

I remember that day so well. It was the  sixth of August 2020. At about 7.45 pm two of my neighbours came to my house to visit me. I was shocked and surprise at seeing them at that hour of the night. My husband was not yet back home and I had been worried as his phone wasn't going through. Then my neighbour made the pronouncement in my dialect. "Your husband is held up at the police station". At first I was very composed because my children were around although they did not hear when it was said. I took time to question them to get all the facts. I couldn't hold my emotions anymore. I ran upstairs to my room and burst out crying. My daughter came in and saw me crying and that is how her siblings got to know.   My husband and 4 other friends had gone to the police station to advocate for the release of a man who had been falsely accused and locked up. After questioning them they were detained. Their lawyers did all they could to release them but to no avail. After four days of staying at the police station they were transferred to the central prison were they are awaiting trail indefinitely.  Am still to wake up from this dream.    I feel the pain of seeing my husband locked up for standing up for the truth and fighting for respect of human right. The pain of my children going to bed everyday without seeing Dad or praying together with him as a family. The pain of them leaving for school without saying their morning prayers with them and then dropping them off to school.

the pain of my daughter crying on the phone each time she talks to him and reminding home to come home for Christmas. She would always end her calls by saying " Daddy keep trusting God, I know you are innocent , you still remain my best friend, we are fine, Mum is strong but we greatly miss you and love you Dad".

  The burden of having to raise five children in a typical African household with 10 dependants is becoming heavy but I know my God is my strength. On the 12th of December I joined the movement for Democracy and transparency to advocate for Dialogue. An all inclusive dialogue with no preconditions where all will be represented and have a say. There was also a peace football match   and choral music competition. I also had the opportunity of doing a presentation on how persons with disabilities could be included in advocating for peace. I stand for all those who have been unjustly  detained under horrible conditions due to the Anglophone crisis. I  submitting to the will of God.

Thank you all my World Pulse sister for all your support and prayers.

I am so blessed to belong to this sisterhood

 

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Karen QuiƱones-Axalan
Dec 17, 2020
Dec 17, 2020

Hello, dear Regina,

Wow, it has been four months now. It makes me angry that your husband is locked up for helping someone who was falsely accused. That is one lingering pain and longing. How heartbreaking it is for your children not to see their father. They are so strong to go through this. You are stronger for assuming all the responsibilities at home, at work, and at your community at large.

You run a huge household and an organization. You do so much, dear. I hope you have time to rest. I really don't know how to do all these and balance all these. We know all things works for those who love God and are called according to His purpose. Perhaps after this ordeal, your territories will be extended, helping those in prison.

Please take a breath, and take it one day at a time. I pray for the release of your husband. May there be a miracle if those who imprison him are so heartless. It's ok to cry and scream. This world is unjust. May you find justice.

Hugs, dear Regina. Your light shines even brighter during this season of darkness. Keep shining!

Regina Afanwi Young
Dec 19, 2020
Dec 19, 2020

Thanks so much beloved Karen for those consoling and motivating words. Am so glad I attended the encouragers party were two people in my break out room read my story.
I felt the impact of encouragement. At the end the love was overwhelming that I had to cry and even after the party. Immediately after the party my dear Jill reached out to me and I felt much better. That's the joy of this sisterhood.
Yes dear you are right on my light shining even more. I am so inspired despite the limited resources.
Thank you so much for being there for us.
Pray you are safe

Nini Mappo
Dec 17, 2020
Dec 17, 2020

Hello dear Regina,
That you have such a smile on your face speaks of the grace of God that holds you together, sustains, strengthens and cultivates hope in the face of such grave injustice and uncertainty. It also reveals your warrior spirit, that you refuse to let the enemy steal more from you, that you choose to hold on to life and joy and purpose in hopeful prayer as you wait on the God of justice. We join you in the prayer for your husband's release. May God grant him freedom and restore to your family all the time and memories that has been stolen by this ordeal.
Good on you for all that you continue to do. May God bless you and remember all your sacrifices.
I love the faith and wisdom of your daughter :-)
Love, sparkles and prayers for you and your family.

valem
Dec 18, 2020
Dec 18, 2020

Hello Regina how are you?
Your God daughter I see the smile on your face.
There are times when God takes us through a challenge to reveal Himself to us that He is with us all the time. I ask God to open every area that is closed to your family.
when God's due time comes everything will be all right
stay safe
Valem

Regina Afanwi Young
Dec 19, 2020
Dec 19, 2020

Hello Valem am good dear. Thanks so much for your kind words and prayers.

Regina Afanwi Young
Dec 19, 2020
Dec 19, 2020

Hello Nini dear, thank you so much for these words of encouragement. Thank you for always praying for my family.
Thank you for being my sister in Christ.
Yes dear my God will certainly set him free at his own time. I submit to his will. Sending you love too my dear

Barry
Dec 18, 2020
Dec 18, 2020

Hey Regina, I'm so sorry to hear that your husband has been locked up. I love your strength and that of your daughter, it moves me to know that in a time like this you are standing firm, hoping everyday for his release. Please continue to remain strong dear. We love you and would keep praying for you and your family. God bless all your endeavors :D

Regina Afanwi Young
Dec 19, 2020
Dec 19, 2020

My dear Barry, thanks dear. Am thankful for the sisterhood. My source of strength. Yes dear Therese is an amazing little girl. Thank you so much for your prayers

Jill Langhus
Dec 18, 2020
Dec 18, 2020

Hello Regina Love,

You've been so strong, and amazing, honey. Hang in there. We'll always be here for you. It can't last forever.

XX

Regina Afanwi Young
Dec 19, 2020
Dec 19, 2020

Hello beloved Jill,
Thank you so much for always being there for the children and I. Yes dear I will.
You have been my source of strength. Yes dear it will soon be over and I will come out stronger.
Hugs xxxx

Jill Langhus
Dec 21, 2020
Dec 21, 2020

Hello Love,

You're welcome, dear. I'm glad to hear it:-)

Yes!! XX

maeann
Dec 18, 2020
Dec 18, 2020

Dear Regina,

Thank you for sharing your pain and worries. I hear you. Sending you my virtual hugs.

Regina Afanwi Young
Dec 19, 2020
Dec 19, 2020

Maa Ann darling, thank you so much. Thanks for the listening space. Am hugging you too my dear!!

jomarieb.earth
Dec 21, 2020
Dec 21, 2020

Dearest Regina,
I am taken aback at the injustice that has been served to your husband, and to your family by default. I am amazed at your strong will, perseverance and fortitude. You are a force to be reckoned with my dear and a mighty dose of positivity. I also admire that in the face of adversity you are steadfast and dedicated to help and uplift others. You are going thru a huge challenge, and I stand with you in my heart, soul and prayers. Keep the faith sister. I will dedicate a candle toward your strife.
Massive hugs...JoMarie

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 30, 2020
Dec 30, 2020

Dear Regina,
What a nightmare you are having to live, with your husband being held. I am so glad that you have written the story and hope that as more and more of us are aware, that you will be feeling our love with you. May he return home safely, soon. With all happening to you personally, you still find the strength and joy to bring the good news of peace activities. What a special woman you are.
In deep sisterhood,
Tam