- Award winning singer Thandiswa Mazwai has told a personal story about when she tried to help a young girl she encountered in an airport
- retweeting a story about human trafficking, she relayed her story on social media platform, Twitter
- Mazwai is a mother to a daughter the same age as the girl she encountered at the airport
Human trafficking is a problem which is gaining increasing awareness of late, but encountering a victim of this abstract problem makes it very real.
A South African musician has shared a story about an encounter she had with a young human trafficking victim while travelling through an airport in Addis Ababa.
Briefly.co.za learned how award winning singer Thandiswa Mazwai revealed in tweets that she rescued a young Ghanaian girl who had apparently sold by her uncle to a Nigerian man. Seeing the young girl crying tugged on the mother's heart and she decided to help her.
“I encountered a sad young girl at the airport in Adis who realized only when she arrived in Adis that she was being trafficked to Saudi. She was 17. She had no money and wanted to go back home. I helped her go back but lost touch with her. She was sold by her uncle. We wept,” Tweeted Thandiswa Mazwai.
Mazwai said she did report the case but was told there are so many cases that few ever see justice. “She had been sitting at the airport for 4 days with no help,” said Mazwai. “She didn’t speak any language they understood in Adis and so sat at the airport until I saw her sitting there crying.”
Mazwai said she doesn’t know what caused her to notice the girl but thought perhaps it was because she had a child the same age waiting for her at home. “It was one of the saddest encounters. I don’t know how I noticed her,maybe it’s because I am mother to a 17yr old.”
The girl had been stuck in a difficult situation, unable to communicate to anyone due to language barriers and fear. “She was from Ghana, sold to a Nigerian man. I wanted to understand her story so badly that I walked around the airport asking people if they are Ghanaian. After only the second try I found a Ghanaian sista. This is how we found out her uncle had sold her. We all wept for a while,” relayed the musician in her tweets.
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