(This is Aafia's 18th Eid away from her family and children)
Eid al-Fitr, 2011/1432
Today we are waiting. We have had a lot of days like this since Aafia and her children disappeared in 2003. There might be some good news. There might be some bad news. There might be no news at all. That is just the way it is some days.
We have to take the time this Eid al-Fitr to acknowledge some special groups of people.
Aafia's supporters in Pakistan and around the world who marched in peaceful demonstrations in the brutal heat and humidity of August, while fasting, to remind everyone that neither Aafia nor her missing son Suleman have been forgotten. Faith, resolve, and courage will always make powerful people nervous. Especially this year.
Aafia probably does not know about your efforts yet, but you have made her proud. She has repeatedly said she does not want people committing violence in her name. By marching peacefully you have helped her maintain her dignity, the one thing her captors cannot take from her.
And those of you from all over the world who responded to our request to send Aafia a Ramadan postcard. Many of you went beyond that simple action and Tweeted, posted, and blogged our request: A postcard, a stamp, and a couple of computer clicks that didn't take you more than a few seconds. An act so simple that it was something you could have easily done while breaking your fast.
We do not know if Aafia was allowed to receive any of these postcards. Her mail is restricted in an unpredictable manner. If she was allowed to receive your cards you gave her great joy. If not, you reminded those holding her that they are being judged for their actions.
The prophet Issa (Jesus) is quoted in the Holy Bible:
"I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me."*
*(Matthew, 25:45 New Living Translation, 2007)
For your acts of kindness and support we cannot begin to express our gratitude.
Eid Mubarak from Aafia's family.