2016 had some of the saddest stories, from the death of notable figures to agonizing moments of war victims and the death of heroes – these are the top 10 stories that broke our heart in 2016.
Omran Daqneesh – The symbol of Syria’s misery
We were remembered of the sufferings and anguish of the people of Aleppo in Syria after the photo of 5-year-old, Omran Daqneesh went viral on the internet.
Daqneesh was home with his family- father, mother and his brother, Ali when an airstrike brought down their house.
Omran was lucky enough to survive, but his family died immediately.
While such scenario was not uncommon in Aleppo, this particular incident was different. It struck a nerve.
Covered with dust and blood, Omran looked shocked and petrified but didn’t cry.
Many described him as the true symbol of Syria’s misery.
But then, it all ended happily after Alex, a 6-year-old American boy wrote a letter offering Omran a place in his family.
When we failed to save Mayowa Ahmed
Mayowa Ahmed, a budding event management entrepreneur diagnosed with Stage IV Ovarian Cancer needed N32 million for her surgery.
Mayowa Ahmed was receiving treatment at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
She luckily got the attention of Nollywood thespian, Toyin Aimahku who helped propagate the campaign, alongside an NGO, Lifestake Foundation.
But then reports emanated that the whole campaign was a rouse and scam being used by her family to make money.
The report claimed that her family already made an excess amount of N80m and $150,000 through a GoFundMe account.
In the middle of all the controversies, the Police froze the donation account and embarked on an investigation which revealed that the campaign was not a scam.
Mayowa Ahmed was then flown to South Africa for her surgery but sadly did not survive.
She came, she fought, she won our hearts – and now, may she rest in peace.