TRIBUTE: FROM MíBALU BANGURA TO HER LATE UNCLE FODAY ABU BAKARR MANSARAY WHO PASSED AWAY ON FRIDAY APRIL 17TH & BURIED ON SUNDAY APRIL 19TH, 2020
Growing up I didnít have many aunts and uncles that took a true interest in me, that were truly there for me. I had Aunty Pat and Uncle Foday. If I was not with my own parents I was with them. I got dropped off to them in the morning and went home to them after school until my parents came and got me or I was dropped off.
I used to prefer to wait for Uncle Foday to take me home because he always gave me $10 or $20 before I got out the car. This was my routine until I went to college.
As I got older, that list got smaller, but I still always had Aunty Pat and Uncle Foday. Every life achievement Uncle Foday was there. The only Uncle of mine that consistently checked in to make sure I was ok. The only one who always told me he was proud of me no matter what was happening and showed me too. Somehow we fell into the same world of Human & Civil Rights.
Even without speaking to me, he made sure I was put on the Human Rights Defenders list for the IHRC, which is something Iíll always be grateful for. I wish Iíd known last week would be the last time Iíd speak to him. I have never felt the pain of a close family member passing until now.
Uncle Foday, I love you. Thank you for being a second father to me and for the role you played in my upbringing. I have known you my entire life. I cannot think of my childhood without thinking of you. I spent more than half my life celebrating holidays and birthdays with you.
The memories are countless, and although itís hard to think about them without crying right. I also cannot think of many of them without laughing and smiling too. Rest in Perfect Peace Uncle, Amen! Love MíBalu Bangura!
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