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We have known Christo and Amanda Bothma and their kids for 12yrs. We met as expats in a small village in Damang, Ghana West Africa. I was intrigued by their sparkling personalities and their zest for life. We instantly became friends as if it was just the way it should be. They are good people and are always willing to help, even at the expense of themselves. Even after we split up, and our husbands got separate work obligations in different countries, our friendship still remained loyal and true. We manage to plan our holidays at the same cycles and get together for joy rides on our motorbikes and adventure trips. Friends enjoying the same values and tastes in life and supporting people in need. Suddenly in 2015 expat work and employment in SA became a battle, where as my husband's contract as MRM ended and he became one of the stats of unemployment. Christo tried finding him work but before anything could transpire, Christo also got retrenched. During these months, the family had lost their cars, their bikes and some valuable possesions due to no income. Being in a different field than my husband, Christo eventually managed to find work, but.... On the 23rd of September 2018, our life's have changed dramatically. Christo was abducted by one of the terrorist groups Al Qaeda. Amanda, the kids, Christo's mom and his mother in law, the family and their friends was traumatised by this shocking news!! So many questions and NONE was answered. We had news that he is fine and that he will be released soon and then they demanded ransom and then he was dead and then not and latest again that he has passed on. WE WILL NOT BELIEVE THIS UNTIL WE GET SOLID PROOF AND HIS BODY!! But since this ordeal almost a year ago, there was no more salary from Christo's employer, and more possessions had to be sold. Only a small percentage, 14% of Christo's salary was paid twice to Amanda and from there only 7% of his original salary was paid on a monthly basis from his employer. This does not cover her house bond, let alone food, electricity and other bare necessities. And now with the news that Christo might possibly not even return ever, leaves them on the verge of losing the only place where Christo's presence lives on...THEIR HOUSE, THEIR HOME! I beg of anyone to please assist friends, that have done so much for others, so that they don't lose their home too. They have lost mostly all their possessions. They have lost Christo for nearly a year. The only breadwinner to their family and with that they lost their income, that is suppose to be their security. And now....they might have lost a husband, a dad and the primary provider for the roof over their heads. I know how it feels to battle as my husband still has'nt find employment yet and we barely get by. But if i have to lose him and my home too, i will be devastated. I can only imagine how Amanda and the kids must feel, insecure, hopeless, worried and heartbroken. They have been through enough pain, enough torture. Please PLEASE help support the cause to safeguard their home and to provide them with some kind of security, where their happy memories of Christo can stay alive.
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