The inside of a midsize storage unit in Prince George's County, Maryland, is stacked, floor to ceiling, with the belongings that tell the story of Unique Harris' life interrupted.
Since October 11, 2010, Valencia Harris has lived a nightmare from which she's yet to emerge. That night, someone entered her daughter Unique's apartment and spirited away the 24-year-old mother of two. She has yet to be found.
Families with missing loved ones face a lonely and challenging journey. For some, that journey ends quickly with reunification. But for many families, answers come slowly, if they come at all.
The local organization "Black and Missing Foundation Inc." works to generate more awareness in the media and among law enforcement about missing persons of color.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about things that matter.” This statement still rings true today as it did then. Many in our communities have fallen victim to an epidemic and we cannot be silent anymore.