Morehead mother of abducted daughter heads to nation's capitol to protest

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MOREHEAD, Ky. (WKYT) - She hasn't seen her daughter in nearly a year because the state department says the girl's father abducted her and took her to Africa.

But the Kentucky mother is making another push to bring her daughter home.

The mother lives in Morehead, and investigators say her daughter is now in Mali, a country in West Africa, with her father, Ibrahim N'Diaye.

"Until she's home, I won't sit down. I won't shut up. I won't be quiet," said Noelle Hunter, the mother of five-year-old Maayimuna 'Muna' N'Diaye who was abducted.

Hunter says she's tried to do it the Malian way, being nice and patience, but that hasn't gotten her far in the past 11 months, and now she says it's time to act.

"If the Mali government doesn't know by now that I'm only getting louder and louder and louder, they're going to know," said Hunter.

As an American citizen, Hunter says she knows her rights and intends to practice those in D.C. next week.

"I immediately thought I need to stand in front of the African embassy. I need to stand in front of their faces," said Hunter.

But why protest instead of flying to West Africa and taking five-year-old Muna back home?

"I've thought about it a million times. I've played the scenario out in my head," said Hunter. "But again, I'm not going to do what he did because in a sense that would be doing exactly what he's doing."

Hunter says she has relied on her faith and her community to be her light in all of this.

"It's been very hard. There have been days and there are days when it really hurts," said Hunter. "Some days where all I really want to do is just lay in the bed and keep the covers over my head, but I can't do that."

Signs of hope are what she says she is using to picket signs at the nation's capitol.

"One of them says, 'Bring Muna home.' One of them says in French, 'It's not good' because they are a French speaking country. One of them says, 'The time for her to come home is now,'" said Hunter.

Her goal is to get Muna home in time for Christmas.

"What a day of rejoicing that's going to be," said Hunter.

We are told Hunter has obtained a permit from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police to stage the protest on the sidewalk in front of the African embassy on Wednesday.

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