By Wleh Bedell
MONROVIA – “Let me just see my children. “I am not talking about money, Kaetayku and Kessie are my two children my husband at the time; Bruno took them from me in Sinoe to go to school in the Ivory Coast.
“Since then, I have not seen them. “I really want to see them, it’s been a very long time, many years”. Ma Nancy Pyne, the lady who is claiming that Ivory Coast and Barcelona star FrancK Kessie and his elder brother Kaetayku are her children who left her many years ago after their father; Bruno, took them to his native Ivory Coast for schooling purposes.
In an interview with Ma Nancy on Friday, she noted that she was born in Nyenfueh town in Sinoe County where she had her children. “ I met my would-be two children father in the town after he and a white man came from the Ivory Coast to work at the Butor Oil Palm Cooperation (BOTC) where my elder brother was also working. “ One day, my brother sent for me, and there was where I met Bruno and we got together”. She further indicated that in a few years’ time, they had two kids; Kaetayku and then Kessie, and after two years, their contract with Bruno and the white man was over and they returned to the Ivory Coast.
“After two years, he returned to Sinoe and told me he had come for me and our two children. “ By then, I was pregnant for my daughter (Ruth) for my new husband Mr. Dahn and told Bruno I could not go with him and that the children too could not go with him because they were still small”. She said he agreed and left and promised to return.
After a few years according to Ma Nancy, Bruno returned and she agreed for him to carry Kaetayku and that Kessi was staying because he was still too small. Bruno after a year or two returned and took Kessie also to the Ivory Coast where they were in the town of the uncle Gustave Bailly( Balee) who now claims not to know her were going to school.
“A year later, Bruno came for me and I went with him to a town called Azaeko Azaeko where he was working on an oil palm cooperation where we were living happily”. She however revealed that the lady who is now acting as her children’s mother; Nathalie, was her husband’s girlfriend and one day they fought so as to stop her from going around Bruno.
She intoned that she then became afraid to live in the town as she was often threatened by Nathalie and her friends. “ I asked Bruno that I wanted to return to Sinoe and he accepted my request and I went back home to Sinoe”. After all those years, she was not in contact with Bruno and her children as she came to Monrovia.
“Then In 2021, I went to the French embassy to ask for them to help me find my children. “ I told them one of my sons was in Abidjan and the other was in Europe playing football. “ They told me that December was the best time to travel to Abidjan because people were coming from Europe for vacation. “One of the staff gave me US 200.00 and told me to go upstairs to his boss. “The boss gave me US 300.00, making it US 500.00 which my son Jacob Dahn and I traveled with. “We passed through Butuo and reached Danane”.
“Upon reaching Danane she continued, she started walking in the market not knowing what to do, and then bumped into this Uncle Bailly who hugged her and they started to talk. “ He told me he thought I was dead and said to me that my husband Bruno died during the war in Ivory Coast”.
She said that he directed them to the town he was living in a town called Packey. “We boarded a bus the next day and we met him. “ He gave us a room and promised to tell us about my children in the morning, but when day broke, he was nowhere to be found till midnight. “He then promised to tell us the following morning about Kaetayku and Kessie, in the morning again he was nowhere to be found”, she averred.
While they were in the house confused, she said a little boy went to her and said there was a man in the town with a wheelchair who could help her because he knew the whole town.
“The boy came with the man who greeted us and showed me the room the children were living in, but there was a lock at the door. “She indicated that the man took them to a palava hut where they saw the uncle and demanded that he return with them to the house and then went to the town chief who instructed the uncle to tell the two boys’ whereabouts. “ He said they were in Abidjan and gave me a mobile number, but I told him it was wrong, but my son was so excited that we were going to see his brothers said they should go, that the number was correct. “ When the bus took us to Abidjan, we got down and tried the number, but it was wrong.
“The conductor of the bus got down and told me to check across the street where there were Liberians, Ghanaians, and Nigerians who could help us.
“I went there and met some Liberians who told me that my son Kaetayku used to go there but had not been seen for some time and that he was in another part of Abidjan and I was told the city is too big and I saw how developed it was. “ Why in the area, some men who introduced themselves to me as witchdoctors said they could do some charm to make me see my children. “ I told them God will do it for me and that I was there with my Bible”.
With no sufficient funds, she recalled how they were stranded and a policeman advised them to stop sleeping in the market because the place is dangerous as robbers often harm people. With no alternative, she said they boarded a bus for Liberia.
A very touching story indeed and truth crushed to the ground for many years is coming out now.