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Madeleine McCann gets dragged into the Amanda Berry story – Charlene Downs and Ben Needham are ignored

by | 8th, May 2013

Missing Women Found

THE story of Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus’s escape from a suburban prison is made made relevant to a British audience by the mention of missing child Madeleine McCann, the benchmark of not only missing children but now of all missing teenagers and women, too.

Alison Philips writes in the Mirror :

Inspiring mothers who fought for missing daughters keep hope of Madeleine McCann miracle alive

A miracle is a happening so incredible is must be the work of God.

The discovery of three women held captive in a house for 10 years can only have reignited hope Madeleine may one day be found.

Indeed, Gina DeJesus’s aunt Sandra Ruiz said : “If you don’t believe in miracles, I suggest you think again.”

From the perspective of the missing women’s loved one their reappearance after ten years of nothing must seem like a miracle. But from the victims’ viewpoint, it must be anything but. They endured captivity at the hands of three men.

What happened to Madeleine McCann remains a mystery. When she vanished, the Mirror conjured six theories , none of which involved the supernatural or God. The Mirror’s six theories of what happened to the innocent child were: “PAEDOPHILE GANG”, the “LONE PAEDOPHILE”, the “JEALOUS MOTHER”, “DROWNED”, the “OPPORTUNIST PAEDOPHILE” and the “CHILDLESS COUPLE”.

Alison Philips then watches the parents:

Last weekend Kate McCann boarded a flight alone to return to Portugal where her daughter Madeleine was abducted almost exactly six years ago. She was going back to the spot where she lost her three-year-old daughter and to the moment she last saw her, tucked up in bed with Cuddle Cat.

Kate was also going back to where she lost her own life, the life she had before it became defined by loss forever. The pain of returning to that whitewashed town on the Algarve must be horrific.

And yet friends say Kate does it to feel close to Madeleine.

This is news, how?

Presumably immersing herself in the pain of her loss is preferable to that awful alternative – forgetting about her little girl. And Kate can’t do that. She more than anyone knows that she wasn’t there when her daughter needed her most.

So now she must fight for the rest of her life to ensure that if Madeleine is still alive, she knows her mother is there for her now.

That’s pretty brutal by Philips. isn’t it. She says Kate McCann’s search for her daughter is in part inspired by notions that she let her daughter down. How does that make Kate McCann an “inspiring mother” as the title to Philip’s piece states?

We don’t yet know Amanda Berry, 16, Gina DeJesus, then 14, and Michelle Knight, then 22, were kidnapped. But we do know they were out in public at the time.

Philips then speculates:

Even if she is dead, Kate’s job remains to keep her daughter’s memory alive because while memory remains, so does life.

In appearing to salute Kate McCann, Philips now says the tabloids’ Our Maddie might be dead. Theta’s the very thing the McCanns’ campaign to find her doesn’t want us to think.

Indeed Kate and Gerry said:

“The discovery of these young women reaffirms our hope of finding Madeleine, which has never diminished. Their recovery is also further evidence that children are sometimes abducted and kept for long periods. So we ask the public to remain vigilant in the ongoing search for Madeleine. Our thoughts are with the women in America and their families.”

But this is an opportunistic

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