Five-year-old Maya Hughes was nearly inconsolable. Her mother, Zainab Sesay, had placed her in the care of a total stranger, who was then tasked with taking the young girl on an international flight. And 15 years after the unknown man escorted her daughter from Africa to the United States, Sesay managed to find him once again.
Zainab Sesay had grown up in Sierra Leone, but she had gone on to live in the United States. In 2003, nonetheless, she decided to travel overseas for a six-month stay in her home country, this time with her daughter in tow. At that point, moreover, Sesay hadn’t been home for over ten years.
But the mother-daughter trip wouldn’t go quite to plan. Sometime in the fourth month of their half-year stay, you see, Hughes suffered a medical emergency. And the young girl had to return to the United States immediately in order to get the care that she needed. Indeed, as Hughes tweeted 15 years later, “It was a life-and-death-type situation.”