Two mothers from different cities will spend a second Christmas without their sons after the two men went missing in Vietnam last year.
Faheema Abrahams and Coleen Bothma are from different backgrounds but both share a common dilemma, their sons have been missing in Vietnam for almost two years.
Mushfiq Daniels was last heard from on July 3 last year, while John Bothma was last seen in Ho Chi Minh City on May 18. Both men went to Vietnam to teach English.
His mother Faheema, who is from Cape Town, spoke to The Star about her son’s disappearance.
She believes that he might have suffered a mental breakdown.
“There have been quite a few supposed sightings, but once we followed it up they are not positive,” Abrahams told the reporter.
According to the report, Abrahams spent five months in Vietnam searching for her son, but found no leads.
“The problem is that you just don’t get closure, I have to be strong,” she told The Star.
Bothma, from Kempton Park, is quoted as saying: “I have tried all sources, everything I could think of who could help me, but nothing. And I will do anything just to get news about John.”
Bothma spent nine days in Vietnam last year, but – as with Abrahams – she wants to return to Vietnam to continue searching for her son.
She told The Star: “His first Christmas away, two years ago he told me everything that was happening, all the excitement and his plans for New Year. And last year he was not here, and this year it is almost Christmas again and he is still not found.”