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Remembering Madeleine McCann

Updated on March 28, 2013

Madeleine McCann


I can feel my hear thumping in my chest as I start writing this hub. I made a mental note a few weeks back to write a hub about our missing children. I wasn' t sure whether to call the hub "Our lost children" or "remembering our missing children". I thought about Madeleine McCann. I have never forgotten about her. I remember when the news of her abduction first screamed in the news headlines. I shuddered at the thought of another missing child. I kept asking myself all sorts of questions and could only think of horrible answers because of the kind of world we are living in today - evil and no love for innocent children. I'm sure the kind of questions that came to mind were bugging other people as well . The question of why anyone would want to abduct an innocent four year old who was sound asleep in the comfort of her bed kept resonating in my mind. Why? What possesses people to be so sick in the head and mind to want to do such horrible things? It's true she is not my child, but the loss of a child is a harrowing thought. Not knowing what has or is happening to your abducted child is a nightmare beyond description.

I remember hoping and praying when the news first hit the headlines that she will be found sooner than later. It sounds horrible to say this, but as the days turned into weeks, months and a year or two later, I thought even if her body is found, her parents will have some kind of closure and peace. I only say that because I was desperate for her parents to find peace and to be in the know of what had happened to their daughter. At least they would be able to lay her body to rest with the saints and angels I kept telling myself. Not knowing what has happened to your child much more a little four year old is frightening. All sorts of scary thoughts run through your mind, none your fault, but because we live in a society where a lot of sick people with sick minds are on the prowl.

I sound like I'm rambling on and on, so before I continue, if you have not heard about the harrowing story of a precious little girl called Madeleine McCann, then here it is. Madeleine McCann was abducted from a holiday resort in Praia da Luz in Portugal four years ago, where she was staying with her parents and twin siblings. The reality is its a true story of the abduction of an innocent little girl, which is every parent's worst nightmare.

I'm just typing what comes to my mind without any thought to finesse, plan or structure. This is just what I feel, that this is a small contribution that I can make to bring awareness to the fact that this adorable child is still missing and her parents are having to live with memories and a wonder of what life would have been like if she had been with them for the past four years.

My oldest asks me from time to time if Madeleine is still alive. I always tell him to say a prayer for Madeleine and her family. He understands what is going on because he was eight at the time and the news of her disappearance was everywhere in the media. Her parents were suspects in her disappearance which I think was unbelievable, but thats the law enforcers for you, the closest possible person is always a suspect if there isn't enough evidence to go by. I cannot begin to imagine the pain, the fear, dread and sickness that filled the pit of their stomachs as the days unfolded from one nightmarish event to the other. The dread and icy cold fear of not knowing what has happened to your child. The bottomless pit of unanswered whys or the endless string of "what ifs" or "had I known".

Madeleine was eight years on the 12th of May. I say was, not would have been because by using positive language, I know there is a greater chance of her being found.

I have been reading a feature in the Sun newspaper on a world exclusive interview with Madeleine's parentns Kate and Gerry McCann by Antonella Lazzeri and Oliver Harvey. I was not able to continue reading because I started to cry as I read the following lines " For the first time since she went missing, Kate McCann opened the door to Madeleine's pretty pink bedroom at their home and peeped in. Dolls and teddies still lay where the little girl had left them" Kate said " I could see her, in bed, looking at me, her blonde hair on the pillow, saying, "Lie with me, Mummy, Lie with me." These lines did it for me. I felt myself crumble as the tears streaked down my face. All I could think of was the unimaginable pain that Kate and Gerry must be going through. No I cannot begin to fathom what Madeleine's parents are going through mentally and physically, not to mention her twin siblings who live through each day knowing that their sister was taken by "the naughty man", but not knowing when they will see her again. Its a scary thought, not to know what has happened to your missing child. Its every parents nightmare.

I finally read on and I liked the fact that Gerry describes the personality of Madeleine in the present tense. He says of her in the feature "She has a very obvious sense of humour", that brings a smile to my tear stained face. He goes on to say "She is very gregarious...and she enjoys speaking to people". It signifies hope and faith, not to mention the unbelievable courage and strengthy that Kate and Gerry have.

Kate and Gerry are strong and united in their hunt for their abducted daughter. I know that I am praying together with thousand others that the lengths and efforts that Kate and Gerry are making to find their missing Madeleine will not be in vain.

As I publish this hub, I entreat that if you make a 'pit stop' to read it, please join me to say a silent prayer for Little Madeleine and all our missing children all over the world. Let us pray that wherever they are may their Guardian Angels watch over them and mend their little souls.

Madeleine, I don't know you in person, but I know you as an adorable loving child who is dearly missed by two wonderful parents and loving siblings.Together with thousand others, I pray and hope for your safe return to the loving bossom of your family, who cannot wait to hold you in their arms again.

Happy Birthday Madeleine. With love from PK2010.


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      Anthea Kwaw 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Freecampingaussie, thank you for reading my hub and sharing the experience of your friend who's daughter nearly got kidnapped. I can only imagine how terrified they were and relieved to know they had managed to save their daughter from possibl trauma and loss of childhood. Yes we are still praying and hoping that Madeleine will be found. We should never give up hope.

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      freecampingaussie 6 years ago from Southern Spain

      I have been following this story as well , I hope they find her soon.

      I had a friend who's blonde daughter was almost kidnapped in Australia , she managed to grab her daughter out of the kidnappers arms . The police said it was the 3rd attempt that week.

      They kidnap to order as there is high demand for little blonde girls for adoption I believe. I enjoyed your hub.

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      Anthea Kwaw 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks again for stopping by to read and share what's on your mind Mike! We hope because we have faith, we live because we believe and I pray that little Madeleine will be found. We won't forget her because thoughts of her are alive in our hearts. Thank you once again.

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      Aka Professor M 6 years ago

      This was well written and even more a tear jerker for any parent, Pk2010! Anyone with a loving heart and children can't help but be moved as you were in writing this Hub.

      That smiling little face, those big brown eyes and cute dimpled cheeks are so precious that thinking of her being taken is monstrous. Thanks for helping us to remember her and other lost and missing children, Pk2010.

      Well written and Voted Up!

      Regards Mike! (Aka Professor M!) ;D

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      Anthea Kwaw 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Nell, there have been quite a few suspects in this case, but as they always say, the truth will eventually be revealed. We pray it will not be too late. Positive thinking and faith is our mindset here. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, PK I was thinking of her too, recently on her birthday, I still believe that it was something to do with the cleaners of the apartments, it just seems strange to me that a cleaner went in the next morning and got rid of all the evidence, they are the ones that had keys, I do wish they would check them out further, horrible nightmare, and God bless her parents, nell

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      Anthea Kwaw 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you lilian1 for remembering this little Angel in your prayers. Prayers are heard when the time is right so we remain steadfast in our faith and belief that a miracle awaits - that she will be found. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      lilian1 6 years ago from Hertfordshire England

      I agree with the others comments PK2010 this is such a horror story when your beloved child goes missing I say a prayer everyday for her to be found please God she is found safe and well ...

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      Anthea Kwaw 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Dear Sun-Girl thank you for reading and hinting on an obviously painful experience. I hope you have been able to find closure and moved on.

      Trish_M, its our fervent prayer that she be found soon. What a day of joy and celebration it will be. Let's keep the faith and stay positive. Thanks for reading and posting a comment.

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      Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands

      I do so hope that this child will be found soon ~ alive and well!

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      Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

      Interesting article which i never regret reading from though i felt so bad while reading this hub because it remembered some kind ugly experience to me which i thought pray to experience in life again.Well shared,thanks for writing.

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      Anthea Kwaw 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      The story does indeed defy our imagination and is too sad to comprehend. Thank you for reading and sharing your thought. It is a real pleasure to meet you Mrs. Menagerie.

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      Mrs. Menagerie 6 years ago from The Zoo

      Oh, I can't imagine much worse. Such a sad and beautifully written hub.

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      Anthea Kwaw 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Yes Hyphenbird, I agree. I must however add that if the parents were involved, the truth will come out one day. The most important part as you rightly pointed out is the pain and sadness that comes with the loss of a child. It's simply heartbreaking. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Many have always believed there is more to the story and the parents were involved. In any regard a small child was lost and endures a life of fear and sorrow away from her family. It is sad and tragic indeed.

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      Anthea Kwaw 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I feel exactly the same way as you do Chuckandus6. Let's hope and pray the heartbroken parents find some kind of solace. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

      Dex, thanks for reading and praying with me for these beautiful but missing innocent children. It's indeed very sad.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 6 years ago from United States

      Such a sad story. I can't imagine the anxiety over having a child missing. Thanks for keeping this on our minds. And I join you in praying for Madeline and other missing children around the world.

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      Nichol marie 6 years ago from The Country-Side

      Very Sad story, It makes me heartbroken to think of those children that are missing I couldn't imagine how their parents must feel