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Madeleine McCann: Seven Years Of Nothing But Waiting

by | 1st, May 2014

MADELEINE McCann: As the anniversary of her vanishing looms, the Sun creates a splashy no-news story.


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As ever, the tabloids are focusing on the missing child’s parents:

‘I need to find out if Madeleine is alive or dead… an end to not knowing’ – Says Kate McCann

Once upon a time, the notion that the child might be dead was not one the McCanns would countenance, at least not in public. Has anything changed?

KATE McCann last night opened her heart over missing daughter Madeleine, saying: “I just want to know if she’s alive or dead”. Speaking to publicise a new child rescue alert system, she added: “We need to know. The worst thing is not knowing.”

She added:

“We obviously want Madeleine back number one — but we do want an answer, whatever. I have spent days thinking, ‘What would you rather? Not know, or find out something you didn’t want to hear?’ Obviously our ultimate hope is that we find Madeleine and she comes home and we re-establish her into our family and spend the next few years of her life getting it all as good as it can be. But if it was down to not knowing or finding out news that isn’t what you want to hear? At the end of the day I can’t change that. What would you rather? I’m not underestimating the blow of hearing bad news that your child had been killed, because obviously you’re not going to go, ‘OK at least we know’. But I’ve spent hours thinking about that and, each time, I still come up thinking we need to know. Regardless now, we need to know.”

She is supporting the Child Rescue Alert, run by the charity Missing People for the National Crime Agency. Kate is appealing for help:

“Please, please sign up, it could be the most important thing you ever do. All you have to do is visit Please do it, you could make a real difference. The scope for reaching a huge amount of people is fantastic. People will be able to share the alert via social media… It can act as a deterrent in two ways. Firstly it will make an abductor think twice before he does it. But also I know in the States there were 16 cases in one year of the abductor releasing the child as soon as the alert went out.

“Stats from the countries that already have a Child Rescue Alert system in place prove it works 685 children in America have been rescued thanks to Amber Alerts. In the countries with alert systems in place, there is success story after story of children being saved.

“In the Netherlands, 2.2million people are signed up to receive alerts. That’s a phenomenal number and it greatly increases the chance of a child being found.

“That child has to be somewhere, they could be in the next car to you, they could be walking past you, or it might just ring a bell that it’s something that you noticed that didn’t seem quite right. Then, when you hear the alert, it makes sense.

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