Friday, May 4, 2012


Have you heard about Nayati Shamelin Moodliar?  

He's the 12 year-old boy who was kidnapped just outside his international school last Friday.  It happened the day we arrived to Kuala Lumpur.  His pictures were hung all over: in train stations, malls, car windows.  There was a Facebook page and because I am friends with many who still live in Malaysia, his face appeared all over my news feed. 

He was found, miraculously alive, yesterday morning.  His parents paid a high ransom and luckily the kidnappers returned him.  Now I have tear jerking video footage of him being reunited with his parents appearing all over my news feed.

The rarity of this kind of crime in KL made me grip my little ones hands a little tighter while we were visiting last weekend.  I can think of no worse nightmare for a parent than to have a child taken.  I have to admit, I didn't think the outcome would be positive, but I am so glad it was.  

We live in a bubble in Hong Kong.  It's ridiculously safe.  I panic about my kids having an unrealistic sense of security when we visit other places and try my best to make sure they know this (without freaking them out).  But just last week, there was a foiled kidnapping at Bradbury School, right here in Hong Kong, on our side of the island.  In our school newsletter, the principals wrote a message about their increased security measures.

I guess I need to remind myself about the dangers that can lurk anywhere, no matter how safe we perceive things to be.

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