A Catharsis~ Nayati is returned safely to his family and community

Nayati in the school breezeway after his return.

After 144 hours of sleepless nights and endless days, Nayati was returned this morning to his family. The headmaster of the school announced that Nayati was home over the PA system after a dress rehearsal for an elementary concert this morning. The school erupted in cheers, laughter, hugging and tears of joy! The rest of our day was spent with silly grins and enormous smiles. Laughter had returned to our school along with Nayati.

At 2:45 the middle school and the high school were called for an assembly. The principal gave the microphone over to the headmaster who said that he had a special guest. Nayati and his parents walked up on stage. The crowd erupted into hysterical clapping and a standing ovation. People were crying and cheering, screaming and sobbing. Then we heard his sweet voice say I am Nayati. I am unharmed.  I have read all your Facebook posts. Thank you for all of your support. I am back!

Well the standing ovations and tears would not stop! He came down off the stage and walked up the theater steps into the audience and hugged all his classmates, teachers and parents. He then walked down the row of seats where the 7th graders were sitting and took a seat among his peers. Many of us have still not stopped sobbing.

When the assembly was dismissed, Nayati walked to our breezeway and continued to hug and thank everyone. His father tweeted that Nayati had decided to walk home from school. Holding his friends’ hands he walked right past the place he had been abducted 6 days earlier and went home to hang out with his buddies.

Nayati and friends walking right past where he was abducted. On his way home safe and sound!

This is an extraordinary story about an extraordinary boy! I have never seen a community come together they way that we did at M’KIS and I could not be prouder. Thank you to all of our friends near and far who sent positive thoughts, posted on social networks, hung posters and sent words of encouragement. Thank you for the incredible outpouring of love from around the world. This is the latest update to the Facebook page dedicated to finding Nayati; Sham (Nayati’s dad) is urging everyone to post pictures/videos/anything that was made when Nayati was missing. Nayati wants to see all the love/wishes/prayers that you made for him so that he can thank everyone when he can.

To Nayati and his family~ I want to thank you for your strength and dignity during your time of difficulty. You are an inspiration to us all!  Thank you for sharing your time with our community today. We all needed to see Nayati home and safe. We will all sleep a little easier tonight.



  1. Peggy Baker said,

    May 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Hi Ann,
    Thank you. It is so nice too read good news.
    Peggy Baker

    • globalanni said,

      May 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      Yes it is Peggy! It has been a fabulous day here. Everyone is smiling and happy after a very long week. We have an amazing community here with tons of support! One student said to me today, “You look beautiful today!” I think she meant it since it was the first day I had smiled in a week!

  2. May 20, 2012 at 7:11 pm

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  3. Izabela said,

    May 24, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Incredible story !thank you !I wish all the best to that wonderful boy and the community.

    • globalanni said,

      May 24, 2012 at 9:36 am

      The kidnappers have been found. The “Mastermind” (aka idiot) needed money to get married. He came up with this plan. Then he took his bride to Paris for a honeymoon. She found out and left him to come back and make a statement to the police. All other people involved in the kidnapping have been arrested. Interpol is assisting in getting the last idiot who is still on his honeymoon without his bride! Seriously… I can not make this stuff up!!!

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