Red Cross Message being read out by Ms Shazia, FNS Focal Person, J & K
She maintained an unruffled composure
when talking about the details of her missing son. It seemed that the
wait for Ameena (name changed) must have been too long, enough for
making a clueless mother stay so patient and calm in the search of her
missing son. waiting mother. An eerie silence combined with fear
reverberated in the room.
Mohd Anwar( name changed), had not
contacted his family for the last 15 months. He hailed from Arwani,
Bhijbehara, district Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir
Time freezes for a waiting mother.
Ameena,it seemed, wanted to say a lot but looked denuded of energy.
The times her voice quivered a bit while talking was when
occasionally her eyes fell upon the family photograph which showed all
of the eight family members huddled together in a shikara to be
Ms Shazia Kawoos, FNS Focal Person,
Jammu and Kashmir visited the family to convey the Red Cross Message
received by J& K state branch through the National Headquarters from
Mohd Shafi in Dhaka jail on 13th January 2012.
It's a routine job for Shazia to
deliver news to someone who is waiting, " I am welcomed like the Village
Postman". " But my job is much more challenging as most of the times
psychosocial counseling is to be adhered to manage the situation."
Mohd. Anwar wrote in his Red Cross
message " Fikr mat karo, Mein thik hun, mein toh ghar wapas hi aaraha
tha, par mein Bangladesh mein hin giraftar hogaya. Par Inshallah mein
azad ho jaunga aur jald se jald wapas ghar aaunga. ( Don't worry. I am
fine. I was coming back home but I got arrested in Bangladesh, but with
god's grace I shall get released soon and return back home.)
The aggrieved mother who had so
stoically bore the grief of her missing son succumbed to sobs at the
mention of her sons restlessness to return " I shall return home
The family wrote back a Red Cross
message to him which poignantly said "We shall wait for your return,
come back home. We miss you and remember you." His mother seated near
the window got up, tied the curtain ropes and looked out of the window
that overlooked a solitary path. "He usually returned home from work
at this time. He shall return once again. I shall not permit him to go
again. "A Red Cross message suddenly gave trust and strength to a
mother to dream, rejoice and celebrate the news.