Anorak | April Jones: orchestrating grief and the Bad Samaritans

April Jones: orchestrating grief and the Bad Samaritans

by | 5th, October 2012

APRIL Jones: The search for the missing five-year-old in the news:

The Daily Star leads with the command: “WEAR PINK FOR APRIL.”


In Machynlleth, Powys:

THE distraught sister of missing April Jones last night covered her town in pink ribbons to show how much she is missed. Jasmine Jones handed out the symbols of hope in the five-year-old’s favourite colour to friends and neighbours…

Well-wishers across the UK also donned the ribbons in a national show of support as word spread of the campaign on Twitter.

Does it help the missing child to wear a pink ribbon in Plymouth, Liverpool or Glasgow? Has the hunt for missing child turned into an orchestrated show of grief? No. The Star’s command to wear pink is not a nationwide campaign. It is based on a request by April Jones’s closest relatives for other locals to display a symbol of their love and concern for April. It is a personal appeal made by people fraught with worry. The sane can sympathise with their situation, but we who do not know the family nor the neighbourhood cannot pretend to share their pain. The paper then tells us:

Jasmine, 16, who attends a Christian club at her local church in Machynlleth, Powys, said: “Knowing April still isn’t found is making me sick. And knowing someone knows something but won’t say, it makes me feel even worse. I just want our beautiful princess home now.”

The Christian club is noteworthy because..?

Thousands of people changed their Facebook pictures to pink ribbons in honour of April, who needs daily medication for mild cerebral palsy.

What the mother actually asked for was for people in April’s home town to show that they are thinking of the child by tying a pink ribbon to their front door, gate or clothes. It’s hard to believe they are thinking of much else. A child is missing and local

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