Chimwemwe Chinema missing eight years

Today is the eighth anniversary of the disappearance of Chimwemwe Mbwange Chinema. He was abducted by his non-custodial father from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They may be in Malawi.

Chimwemwe Chinema

Above is a picture of Chimwemwe. If you have any information as to his whereabouts, please contact either the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Minnesota Office at 612-376-3200. this!

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    Madhuvarshini and Priyadarshini Chaturvedi, Chimwemwe Chinema, Moneisa Vardaman, and Hector, Jonathan, and Melanie Yanez found safe « For the Lost Blog said,

    October 3, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

    […] have just received word from NCMEC that Madhuvarshini and Priyadarshini Chaturvedi, Chimwemwe Chinema, Moneisa Vardaman, and Hector, Jonathan, and Melanie Yanez have been found safe. I have resolved […]

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    Rose Lawson said,

    June 7, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

    Chimwemwe Chinema’s mother is a big lier, she never found She lied on her husband that he abducted the child, they went together to the airport to escort Chimwemwe and his dad to Malawi. Their were alot of witnesses. I can testifiey and even cameras can show the time and date they left hagging each other. She is just a lier, who lied to the government for her own benefit. God will punish her.

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    forthelost said,

    June 8, 2013 @ 12:30 am

    Even if Chimwemwe’s mom had enthusiastically agreed to let him go to Malawi, it’d still be kidnapping if dad was supposed to bring him back and did not.

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    Phillip said,

    September 3, 2013 @ 3:53 pm

    How can somebody kidnapped his own son? God forgive you.

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    forthelost said,

    September 3, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

    It’s a two step process. One, you don’t have custody of said child or don’t have the right to take them to a particular place. Two, you take off with said child to that place or to anywhere they can’t find you. That’s how.

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    chimwemwe chinema said,

    July 12, 2016 @ 11:25 am

    I am the kid

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    chimwemwe chinema said,

    July 13, 2016 @ 2:02 am

    Please I wanna see my mum!

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    Merikh said,

    July 13, 2016 @ 2:20 am

    So…..the boy was never abducted, lost, or missing to begin with and his mother lied to the government for financial gain? If that’s true then Minnesota authorities need to be investigating the mother instead of wasting tax payer money on a pointless search assuming that she could have told them at any time that her son was known to be in Malawi and she was simply wanting to have returned to the United States. It is ridiculous how missing child fraud goes unpunished. Not knowing the whereabouts of your child and just wanting to have your child back in the United States are two very different things, the first is a very serious matter that calls for involving the authorities while the second is merely a civil matter that the parent can work out for themselves in the courts of the country their child is in. Unfortunately a lot of parents go to the police saying their child is abducted/lost when things don’t go their way and simply being American doesn’t automatically give them the upper hand abroad. While the authorities are wasting time on a custody issue that they really have no place in(courts make custody rulings, law enforcement does not) they could be out catching some real criminals.

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    Emma said,

    July 14, 2016 @ 10:35 pm

    Okay…how is Chimwemwe Chinema found safe way back in 2010 when alleged Chimwemwe Chinema posting above is begging to see his mother in the United States as if he is still in Malawi away from her? If he was really found safe in 2010, wouldn’t he be back in the United States with his mother by now?

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    Merikh said,

    July 15, 2016 @ 2:15 am

    Not necessarily, Emma. He could have been and probably was ‘found safe’ when his mother decided to inform the Minnesotan authorities and NCMEC that she knew where her son was and thus no longer needed assistance to find him. To actually get her son back from Malawi though is much more easily said than done. Unless she felt brave enough to go attempt a ‘snatch back’ and risk the very real possibility of ending up in some Godforsaken African jail, as has happened to many American parents and the goons they hire for these types of ‘recovery missions’ around the world, then there would be no way to even access the boy without the father’s approval. The Hague Treaty is not worth the paper it is written on frankly and return orders are very nearly impossible to enforce if the country is a party, which I do not believe that Malawi is. Given the option of either ending up in a foreign prison when predictably a foreign country’s authorities are going to be alerted to the child’s disappearance to begin a search once in the possession of the ‘rescuers’ and getting yourself automatically classed as an unfit parent or simply waiting for your child to seek you out, most choose the latter option. If the posting above really is from Chimwemwe then I am sure his mother will be delighted to hear from him for probably the first time since he was a toddler. 99% chance he remains in Malawi till this very day.

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    Sue Johnson said,

    July 20, 2016 @ 4:54 pm

    Rose Lawson,

    Just wanted to let you know that I also know this case very well. I agree with you that the mother was aware of the trip to Malawi as you have explained. The only problem is that the father came back to United states without the child and the mother does not know the whereabouts of the child for almost 16yrs? So please sometimes its better to do your homework before writing bad things about someone. Can you imagine not seeing your child all this years? Be in that mother’s shoes then you will know. Its a pity the way you have trashed her.

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    Sue Johnson said,

    July 20, 2016 @ 4:59 pm


    By the way, you don’t get any money from the government for reporting a missing child. All the parent wants is help from the government to locate the child.

    Chimwemwe is still missing.

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    Emma said,

    July 21, 2016 @ 2:23 am

    Sue Johnson,

    If what you say is truth then,why did the child’s mother not immediately call the police to have him arrested and file for a divorce the very moment her husband returned from Africa without their toddler son? If the mother was married to the father then she must know where her husband is from and what part of Malawi his family, who were presumably concealing and raising her son, lived in. So why did she not immediately travel to Malawi and confront her husband’s relatives demanding the return of her son or file a petition in Malawian courts seeking his repatriation to the United States as a United States citizen? Chimwemwe was listed as located by American authorities and no longer missing way back in 2010, yet you say that Chimwemwe is still missing and his mother has not seen him 16 years. The only way an international custody case would be closed without the return of the child to the United States is if the child turned 18 or the American parent said that they were no longer interested in contesting their child’s presence abroad in a foreign country. So that leads to the conclusion that Chimwemwe’s mother either gave up on searching for him back in 2010 or that Chimwemwe was never lost to begin with.

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