After three years here we are, yet again, facing the same questions, battling to understand a case that was undermined by political conveniences and pressures. After three years here we are, still trying to make sure that a child, that has now become a symbol for all the neglected children - maybe, who knows, even an icon for all the children that have lost for one reason or another the possibility of growing up, of loving, of being loved, of being alive- is given, like so many others before and after, a dignified funeral, or if that is not possible, that at least some justice is made in her memory, for the sake of her living family, for her brother, for her sister, and even for her parents.
After three years, what can I say that has not already been said or thought?
We all came together in what has become one of the longest, saddest journeys of our lives. For those of us who still believed in the justice system, in the people that run our countries, in certain values and morals this has been a series of disillusions, one after another.
Some people in whom we believed, turned out to be mere callous opportunists; the third power in democracy, the media, turned out to be a source of mistrust and manipulation; people that joined us in our ‘quest’ in other forums turned out to be just malicious and full of hatred, people that just use this case to validate their anger and frustrations; we were given the opportunity of seeing wickedness written and spread by a hand full of deranged people, and we were given the opportunity of seeing how destructive and egotistical humans can be.
However, this has nothing to do with a child that was abandoned to her fate, that was traded as a commodity in a political game, that was made into a brand by her own parents.
This child was denied the precious gift of life and all the pleasures and joys we have just for the fact of being alive, even her death was denied a meaning... We can no longer help Madeleine, the living child, but we can try and make sure that her death has a meaning.
A significance, that maybe, can serve as a paradigm to all of us, to our children, to other children. The best Christmas present that we could offer and leave behind us, would be to teach other parents that share the same uncaring attitudes with the McCann couple, that there will always be someone trying to make justice, there will always be someone to give voice to those who can no longer defend themselves.
My wish for 2010 is that Madeleine McCann case is re-opened, dully investigated, her body found and that she is given a respectful funeral. And that the truth of what happened to her is known.
Merry Christmas to all.
Joana Morais, Lisbon, 24 December 2009