The Ambassador

Akinjise Daniel
Posted September 7, 2018 from Nigeria

The Ambassador

Cynthia had just finished her 200 level exams when she got the news of her father’s demise. She couldn’t believe what she heard from her mother who has called to inform her about the death of her father. Cynthia’s father became sick a year after his retirement from the civil service job he took about 30 years ago. He worked in the ministry of works and power, as a technician for a very long time before sick and was diagnosed with stroke. He has been maintaining his health with drugs from the general hospital as he did not want to leave the job because of his commitment to feeding his family with the proceeds he gets from the job.

Cynthia traveled home to attend her father’s burial and also sympathize with her mother on the loss of her husband. It was at the burial ceremony that she met her uncle (her father’s younger brother) who promised to serve as a father to her in all ramifications. After the burial ceremony, Cynthia went back to school to finish her undergraduate studies which took her another 2 years.

Cynthia’s mother couldn’t hide her joy when she saw her only daughter putting on a corp.’s khaki uniform when she came back from the mandatory NYSC programme. On the other hand, Cynthia was sad to see her mother in bad health condition as she has not been able to totally forget the death of her husband, coupled with the fact that she had been alone all this while when Cynthia was in school . Two weeks after Cynthia came back from service, her mother eventually died due to depression and loneliness she suffered from the death of her husband.

Cynthia was left to her fate, without a father or a mother. She became vulnerable to her uncle’s unknown plan. Her uncle ensured that she went with him to Italy where he is based. He promised to help her get a better life over there, rather than just suffering here in Nigeria. When she got there, her uncle got her exposed to prostitution; drug and he made her do all sort of immoral things with several men. She detests such inhuman act of her uncle and wept almost every day. She made up her mind to leave the prostitution business whichever way it will take. After a year of serious human trafficking she was engaged in by her uncle, she sneaked out of the house one day to see a friend of her parent who she coincidentally saw a week before during one of her outings in the prostitution business. There, she was advised to report the case to the police, which she did with so much fear in her. Her uncle was apprehended by the police and was detained before he was finally deported and handed over to the law enforcement anti-trafficking agency in Nigeria.

After the court trial, Cynthia’s uncle was sentenced to life imprisonment and Cynthia also came back to Nigeria. She was able to secure a job in an NGO through her parent’s friend in Nigeria. The NGO which Cynthia works with engages in anti-trafficking advocacy and human right activism. She narrated her ordeal to the director of the NGO and she was then made the official ambassador of the NGO, since she had gone through what they preach about so she would be in the best position to carry out advocacies against child trafficking in any part of the country. Cynthia took the anti-trafficking advocacy project as her personal project and she was responsible for taking impactful advocacy and sensitization programmes against human trafficking in the country.

Article original written by: Akinjise Daniel Olatunji (Visionary, TAD Initiative)

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Tamarack Verrall
Sep 07, 2018
Sep 07, 2018

Hi Daniel,

This is a heartbreaking story with a wonderful ending. It shows once again how vulnerable women are to being trafficked. Are you in touch with Cynthia and does she know about WorldPulse? It would be great to have her here with us all.

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 10, 2018
Sep 10, 2018

Thanks Tamarack for the comment. Cynthia in this story is a fictitious persona.
I wrote the story to let people know that human trafficking is real and to also inspire victims that they can still be achievers even afterwards.

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 10, 2018
Sep 10, 2018

Thanks for letting us know. Powerful fiction describes what certainly can happen and is happening in real life. This is a great essay, and I hope that it begins to happen more and more for women who are trafficked. Thanks for writing on such an important topic.

Jill Langhus
Sep 08, 2018
Sep 08, 2018

Hi Daniel,

Thanks for sharing your very sad but inspiring story about Cynthia. I'm glad to see that she overcame some of her obstacles. I'm sure she still has a lot of healing, but it's awesome to hear about her work. Do you personally know Cynthia? What is the name of her NGO? I agree with Tam that it would be great to have Cynthia join us here.

Hope you have a great day!

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 10, 2018
Sep 10, 2018

Thanks Jlanghus for the comment. Cynthia in this story is a fictitious persona.
I wrote the story to let people know that human trafficking is real and to also inspire victims that they can still be achievers afterwards. I personally work on advocacy projects that tells/ sensitizes people about human trafficking and how to recover from it.

Regards,

Jill Langhus
Sep 10, 2018
Sep 10, 2018

Hi Daniel,

Thanks for the clarification. I'm glad to hear you are spreading awareness around this very prevalent problem.

J Brenda Lanyero
Feb 14, 2019
Feb 14, 2019

Hi Daniel,
Thank you for sharing this story. It is heartbreaking and also an eye opener.

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Feb 23, 2019
Feb 23, 2019

Dear Brother
What a heart breaking but very teaching story.Thank you for sharing
Veronica

otahelp
Feb 24, 2019
Feb 24, 2019

Wonderful story well scripted and told. We need more work on that angle. Inspite of all the sensitisations people still fall prey. Thank you for sharing the story to encourage others too.

Juliet Acom
Feb 26, 2019
Feb 26, 2019

Hi Daniel,

This is a sad story but i am happy that Cynthia was eventually able to put the horrible past behind her and set up an NGO to help those in a similar predicament.

Thank you for sharing this with us. It is an eye opener to how the people we entrust our lives with tuen around to harm us.

All the the best, World pulse is home - you are most welcome :)