#Blogging4Madeleine – Remembering Missing Children

It was my birthday yesterday and among my own celebrations I always remember that the day after my birthday Madeleine McCann’s family should be celebrating hers, but aren’t because she is still missing.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Kate and Gerry McCann I think we all know the circumstances of Madeleine’s disappearance – she was taken from a holiday apartment in Praia De Luz, Portugal on 3rd May 2007 while her parents had dinner with friends nearby. At the time of Madeleine’s disappearance I wasn’t a mother, so although I could sympathise with the McCanns to a certain degree I can’t now, having children, begin to imagine how awful it must be to think of your child out there alone in the world. It’s really horrifying.

Over the years there has been great speculation of the circumstances of Madeleine’s disappearance and the case has been rehashed time and time again, mainly thanks to Kate and Gerry McCann and their willingness to keep Madeleine in the public eye. I have heard on numerous occasions people questioning why ‘Madeleine McCann gets all the attention’ when there are so many children missing in this country and Internationally but, as Kate McCann says on the Find Madeleine website, they are well aware that there are countless numbers of children missing, but not all of those children have parents who can keep pushing their cases forward. Perhaps by keeping Madeleine in the news the issue of all these missing children might become more prominent? You really should read Kate McCann’s message as it’s illuminating in how badly the UK and Europe deal with missing children compared to, for example, the USA.

So, why the #Blogging4Madeleine campaign, why today? As I’ve said, today is Madeleine McCann’s ninth birthday and this photo has been produced to show how she might look today, as I think many of us still see her as the cute four-year-old. The #Blogging4Madeleine campaign has been created by A Mummy’s View and Tea and Biscotti and I’ve added my support as I really can’t imagine having either of my children taken away from me, so if one blog post can help raise awareness not only for Madeleine, but for other missing children, then it really is the very least I can do.

So, what can YOU do? Well, the Find Madeleine website has all the information pertaining to her disappearance covered on it if you wish to find out more about Madeleine and also about resources and organisations that help find missing children. You can also take not of the following information telling you who to contact if you think you might have seen Madeleine, based on the age progression photo above.

Should you see a child you believe might be Madeleine, contact:

– Your local police force immediately, AND

– Operation Grange
0207 321 9251 (in the UK)
+44 207 321 9251 (non-UK)

– Or Operation.Grange@met.pnn.police.uk

– Or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org)

There is still time to add a blog post to this campaign, so if you have a spare moment then please do join in.

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