On January 10th 2009 the mother of a little then 6 year old boy left her son with her mother in her Farm Worker Village home in Immokalee Florida, while she went to work. Little did she know when she walked away from her son, Adji Desir that day, that he would disappear from the public eye.

Still to this day the child who is now 7 years old has not been found. Christmas at his home will not be the same this year. It has to be really hard on Adji’s mother. Apparently she was pregnant with Adji’s sister when Adji went missing. So how can one mourn for one child yet celebrate with another this time of year?

How do you keep life going on for your other children when you have one missing from the family? How can you buy Christmas gifts for the ones at home and not for the ones that you have no idea where they are? I know it would have to take someone really strong to be able to deal with a situation such as this.

This is the first Christmas Adji’s family will be without him unless he miraculously shows up by Christmas morning. But life has to go on for his mother for the sake of her 7 month old daughter. This will be her first Christmas so I am sure Adji’s mother is torn apart this year. Marie Neida, 36 years old says “I miss my son. My heart is very sad. I need to see him again.”

Collier County sheriff’s Sgt. Ken Becker said that his office and agents from the FBI have continued to follow up on tips regarding the boy’s whereabouts. He says the holidays will also be hard on the officers that have been working on this case from the beginning.

“It’s tough not only as law enforcement officers, but most of the people involved are parents,” he said. “As time goes by, it does make it more difficult.” Becker gives his word though as he says, “We’re never going to give up hope.”

Little Adji’s disappearance didn’t get much continuous publicity although he was featured on America’s Most Wanted in February and in the December 5th issue of People’s Magazine he was one of six missing children featured on the cover of the magazine along with his story in the story “Vanished Without a Trace: Heartbreak & Hope that was published inside the magazine.

His picture was also featured on a national direct-mail advertising flier that went out to 75 million homes across the U.S. from November 8th through December 13th. Robert Lowery, the executive director for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Missing Children division said, “We were able to get a lot of exposure for the case.

Becker says they are getting more tips after the magazine was published and other publicly covered events concerning Adji. “Unfortunately none of these tips we got look like they are going to lead us to Adji,” said Becker. “But we are following up on them.”

Adji is developmentally disabled and functions on a level of a 2 year old and he is only able to speak about five words of English and he can understand Creole but can’t speak it. He does recognize his name when it is called out though.

Neida says she is just thankful for all the help everyone has given her and her family from her community. “Thank you! Thank you so very much,” she said.

Marie Neida, I don’t know if you will see this article or not but in the case you do please know I include your little precious son in my prayers every night to be found. My prayers are with you and your family also to help you get through this holiday season. My heart goes out to you. God Bless you all.

To all that is reading this right now, please remember Adji and all the others. Remember the brothers and sisters that are at home waiting for their sibling to be found too. Their Christmas won’t be the same either so please keep them in your prayers as well. My prayer list includes Caylee Anthony (found dead), Adji Desir (remains missing), Haleigh Cummings (remains missing), Somer Thompson (found dead), Elizabeth Olten (found dead) , Masaraha Ross (remains missing), Alex Mercado (drowned) Rebecca Marie Allen (found alive), Sandra Cantu (found dead), Anthony Holland (found alive), Shaniya Davis (found dead), Hassani Campbell (remains missing), Giovanni Gonzalez (reported dead), Nevaeh Buchanan ( found dead) and Shannon Dedrick (found alive), Angel Miguel Perez (found safe) Luis Martinez (found dead) Luke Finch (found alive), Kayvon Lewis (fighting for his life), Andrue Jankwitz and Nathaneal Hale (found safe), Robert Manwill (killed), Conner Conley (killed) and Marc Anthony Bookal (missing).

God bless these children and their families as well.

Jan Barrett

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