I remember the night the news of Madeleine’s abduction filtered through to West Cork. It was the 3rd May 2007, the night before my eldest child’s birthday. As I was tucking my children safely into bed, a mother on holiday in Portugal had done the same to hers. The awful difference is, one of her children was snatched from the safety of bed and stolen away into the night.
Four YEARS later, Madeleine is STILL missing. As if this fact alone is not crushing enough, there is the added disparity that there is not a single police force in the world actively looking for her. The bad guys are getting away with it. What an awful awful lesson to young minds that have been following the case of the missing girl, Madeleine – who was snatched whilst having fun on holiday with her family.
To say this has a significant impact on my own children is an understatement. The torment it must cause Gerry and Kate is inconceivable. One of my children gets upset that if she ever got stolen away, she would not (despite my best efforts) ever be found again. Each anniversary that we tie a yellow ribbon in memory of Madeleine, the reality drives the cold, stark message home to her “If this was me, I would STILL not be found.”
Children NEED to know that Madeleine is being looked for. Children NEED to see Madeleine found. Children NEED to see Madeleine re-united with her family and they certainly NEED to see justice, the bad guys caught, cuffed.
Kate McCann’s Book, Madeleine, outlines the entire story in detailed order. The book’s honesty is transparent from the outset. Kate writes clearly and concisely as she takes you along on the journey that began with a happy young couple, full of promise to the nightmare detour they have now found themselves on. At times, the overview is so personal, intimate, that it makes distressing reading.
A sentence that particularly wrenched my heart was Kate describing Madeleine’s reaction on meeting her twin siblings for the first time – Kate says: “When she (Madeleine) saw Sean and Amelie her eyes lit up, her mouth opened in wonder and she lifted her arms in the air, her fingers splayed like little starfish.” Oh my – I get tears in my eyes reading that, I can just picture the happy maternity ward scene with such fondness.
Madeleine has been gone for almost 1500 days.
|Its time to find Madeleine – for all our childrens sake!|
Her continued absence is unacceptable in this day and age of information technology and communications. Support the fund to help Find Madeleine by buying the book today. Once Madeleine has been found, the fund will be used to help other missing children worldwide so it is such a worthwhile cause. By visiting the official Madeleine website, you can download posters, travel packs, car stickers, videos and other items to help keep the quest alive to bring a little girl back to the home where she belongs.