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Merry Christmas to all

 Maddie, the adopted child of Portugal

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


  1. Well said Joana...and a merry christmas to you too.

  2. Joana, you don't KNOW Madeleine's body will be found do you ?.

    Therefore a funeral, respectful or otherwise might not even enter the frame of possibilities.

    On this point we shall disagree profoundly...but it would be ungentlemanly and remiss of me, not wishing you and yours a very peaceful Christmas and a happy 2010.

    So I do herewith.

  3. thank you anonymous 1 and 2, for you both as well. all the best for 2010.

  4. Merry Christmas to you and all those courageous people fighting to keep the flame of truth alive.

    May the flame burn brightly in 2010.

    And a Merry Christmas to Goncalo Amaral.

  5. merry christmas
    im with you all the way

  6. Merry Christmas to you, Joana, and to Goncalo Amaral, his wife Sofia, and their daughters, as well.

    I also hope that answers to the mystery of what happened to Madeleine McCann are finally revealed in the new year.

    At the very least, I hope that Sr. Amaral receives a fair and honest trial in Portugal and that the McCanns' attempts at shutting him up are defeated.

    Best wishes to all who are truly concerned with the truth and justice.

  7. merry christmas to all,and a special thanks to joana and astro and our portugues friends for bringing all the news from portugal that we would never hear about otherwise because of our lilly livered press

  8. Merry Christmas to all and let us hope that 2010 brings justice at last.

  9. A very happy Christmas Joana and Astro and a New Year that will bring to fruition all your efforts. Thank you for all your hard work and the time you have given.

    Also the same greetings to all those who take the time and effort to post on here and who are fighting for justice for Madeleine and Goncalo Amaral.

    I also take this opportunity to thank Nigel of McCann Files fame for his continued updating and hard work. Happy Christmas and New Year Nigel.

  10. Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year Joana

  11. Happy Christmas to you Nancy and everyone else who posts here..Agree Nancy where would we be without Nige who has no idea how much he is appreciated. Happy Christmas also to Pamalam who did not buckle at the first sign of Carter Ruck.Joana, Astro you are our only contact with what is coming from Portugal and I thank you with the biggest hug in the world.

    Happy Christmas everyone.

  12. from all of us at the Maddie Case files: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q4V-DV0Ik8&feature=player_embedded
    Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo!
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
    Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
    Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année!
    Geseënde Kersfees en 'n voorspoedige Nuwe Jaar!
    Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein gutes Neues Jahr!
    ¡Feliz Navidad y próspero año nuevo!
    Nollaig shona duit
    Buon Natale e felice anno nuovo

  13. A very merry Christmas to Joana, Astro and everyone who has worked so hard to ensure Kate and Gerry McCann's attempt to cover up Madeleine's death remains in the public eye.

    The McCanns claim to be Christians. Let us hope they, and their extended families, use the festive period to reflect properly on the implications of their outrageous lie and work out for themselves they are destined to fail.

    To all the special people who contribute to the cause, selflessly and with great nobility, invisibly or otherwise, have faith...

    Our day will come.

    RealHumptyB on Twitter

  14. merry christmas everyone .
    thankyou for this site joana and all the hard work you have put in to keep us informed.Justice for mr Amaral and Maddie
    Best wishes and a merry christmas
    sue England xxxx

  15. Boas Festas to all who are fighting for justice for Madeleine McCann. A special thanks to Joana, Astro and Kazlux for all of their hard work and dedication over these last 2 and a half years.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!


  16. As we celebrate the birth of a child so long ago, let us pray for all betrayed children.
    My thanks,and deep appreciation goes to those people who are being courageous in searching out the truth and withstanding the intimidation and pressure, especially in Portugal. I admire you. May you have a wonderful Christmas.

  17. Joana, Astro, Dr. Amaral, D. Sofia,

    happy Christmas to you all and may God bless your work.
    Thank you for everything.
    Me and my brôther and my sîster will continue supporting you all.

  18. merry christmas from belgium

  19. Thank you Joana and Astro, for all of your hard work you do a fantastic job along with Mr Amaral and Tony Bennet.
    To all involved with our justice for Maddy
    Happy Christmas and very best wishes for 2010
    Lilly x

    Love to Maddy where ever you are, you will always be in my thoughts Xx

  20. Merry Christmas and all the best for 2010 Joana and all your team.Thank you for all your hard work and for providing us all with this site to share our views.xxxx

    Can you please pass my best wishes for a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year, to Goncalo Amaral and his family. May he win his fight against the dispicable McCanns, he must always remember, we are his friends. xxxx

    Finally may 2010 see justice for little Madeleine and hopefully put her dispicable cruel parents, where they belong, behind bars for a very long time.

    I don't know where you are Madeleine or if you are still alive, but where ever you are, I hope you are in a better place, than you were with your parents. xxxx

  21. Happy Christmas to all and many thanks to Joana and everyone who makes this site run so smoothly and keeps us updated with all the true facts of this very sad case.

    May there be Justice for this sweet, innocent child Maddie in 2010.
    Happy Christmas also to Mr Amaral- a very brave man and his lovely wife and daughters.

    Jenny England xxx

  22. Merry Christmas to all involved in the fight to get this case reopened and who take such time and trouble to bring the facts of the case to the public. With continued pressure to have the case reopened I feel 2010 may bring some movement in the case, a chance to have all theories re-examined and all evidence re-evaluated. Whatever happens, I know there will be thousands of people worldwide who won't rest until the PJ are once again investigating the case, something I'm sure every relative and friend of the McCanns must hope for too, as their desire to find out what happened to her must be as great now as it was in May 2007.

    I too would like to mention Nigel of McCannfiles and Pamalam, both of whose websites provide so much information for the rest of us, also those who provide us with forums to discuss the case and the many bloggers who write about it. I wish all these people a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, also Gonçalo Amaral and his family and of course Joana, Astro and Kazlux.

    And to all who come here to read about the case and to discuss it I wish Merry Christmas and a happy and successful 2010, with the hope that next year will see the case finally reopened.

  23. 24/12/2009 09:42
    Anonymous said... 20 Let us all send horrible Christmas messages to the McCanns?


    Don't be so childish...

  24. Feliz Natal, Merry Christmas to all who value freedom of speech in Portugal, especialy Snr Amaral and his family, Joana, Asro, Kazlux and all those who seek to reveal the truth. May 2010 bring peace and justice.

  25. Many thanks Joana & co, have a great Christmas and a happy new year.
    May the truth prevail.

    Paul.. England

  26. Joana, Astro and Kazlux,
    I wish you a very happy Christmas and an excellent New Year!

    As well as to everybody who has not and will not give up on truth and justice, and who will not rest until Madaleine's fate is known and those responsible brought to justice.

    Among which I count myself ;-)

    Anonymous @20, I don't understand. What I want is justice for Madeleine and those wronged by her parents. Why on earth would I send horrible Xmas messages to the Mcanns?

  27. I wish a MERRY CRISTHMAS to Joana, Astro and all who make this blog possible. My feelings are with Gonçalo Amaral and his family.

  28. Happy Christmas to everyone who wants justice for Madeleine. And a huge thank you to Joana, Goncalo and everyone who puts in so much time and effort. I am humbled....


  29. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Joana, the Amaral family, Pamalan, Nigel, Astro, Kazlux and all the Portuguese people struggling to maintain their hard-won democracy. The same best wishes to all other like-minded participants on this site.

  30. Joana, what a beautiful, moving text.
    You have put in words what we all feel.
    Denied the right of living and now denying the right to be dead.
    I request you to send a coppy of it to the CEOP and to the police of Leicershire.
    You could even send a coppy to the McCanns.
    The CEOP got to know they are not alone and the police got to know we are not sleeping.
    Please, do it.
    It is such a beautiful text.
    You are a sensitive young woman, Joana.
    A pretty face and a beautiful heart.

  31. Merry Christmas Joana and Goncalo Amaral and his family.

    I will do what I can in the new year which mostly involves writing letters - but I look forward to the UK Election when the prospective MP's come knocking on my door. I will hand them some information and discuss the case with them on my door step.

  32. Merry Christmas everyone. Let's hope we can all pull together in 2010 to achieve justice for Madeleine.

  33. I don't know if this is the right place to post, but the Daily Mail has an article on privacy laws and reporting restrictions, it is quite an interesting read...


    Don't be put off by the title, the article covers widers issues than the football boss!! Happy Christmas all!!!

  34. Merry Xmas to everyone and a peaceful new year.

    Also want to add a huge thanks to all who are working so hard to bring justice for Madeleine. A particular mention for the translators, without whom I and many others here in the UK would only have the pink version of what happened in May 2007


  35. A lovely Christmas to all, and a Very Happy New Year, as we see the truth of the lie of what happened to Madeleine emerge, and the McCann abduction fairy tale laid to rest.

  36. Merry Christmas to Joana Morais and her associates including GREAT Dr. Amaralo and his family. Let's hope that the January hearing is fair and not, once again, influenced by outside forces as the injunction hearing clearly was.
    It beggars belief that two insignificant national health doctors, who no one heard of before, are now international celebrities and the center of attention instead of Madeleine being the focus.

  37. Merry Christmas everyone! Thank you for helping me know I am not alone in what I think about this case. I too wish to give extra thanks to Joana Morais and her associates and the wonderful Mr Amaral and his family for all they have endured trying to get the truth out to the public.

  38. Merry Christmas, Feliz Natal, for all that visit this blog, and of course, to its creators, "our" lovely and brave Joana Morais, Astro, and also the guest writers.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done for the sake of Madeleine's cause and for justice and freedom.
    It's people like you that make me have hope for the future of our country, that make me still feel some pride in being portuguese.

    God bless you, and may 2010 bring you joy and good health, and hopefully some good turn of events in the sad saga of the fate of Madeleine Beth McCann, may those who caused her misfortune be brought to justice, whoever they might be.

  39. Merry Christmas and Best wishes for a wonderful New Year. A heartfelt big THANK YOU for keeping us all informed regarding this case.

    From Los Angeles, Ca

  40. Merry merry Christmas to Astro, Kazluz and Leo.

    AND all the wonderful translators Ines, Albym, Viv and the others who mean so much!

  41. Merry Christmas to Joana, Astro, Goncalo and Sofia and their dear children, Nigal from McCann Files, and everyone else who wishes to bring justice for Maddie. Forca Portugal!

  42. feliz navidad para todos y gracias por todo lo que hacen!

  43. Hello Anonymous (26) I wrote the post (20) and nowhere did I say horrible messages should be sent to the McCanns. I too want justice for Madeleine, but I also want her parents prosecuted for their part in Madeleine's disappearance.

  44. What a brilliant Christmas message ,Thank you Joana and Amaral in seeking justice for this innocent child ,and to the people who have denied her this ,I hope you never find a days peace

  45. Desejo-vos um feliz natal Joana, Astro, kazlux e todos que participam neste blog. Espero que 2010 seja um melhor ano que 2009 e que quem esta desempregado encontra trabalho e que os Portugueses em Portugal nao toleram serem tratados como criancas pelo o seu governo. Os meus comentarios tem sido pessimistas mas sempre tenho tido um raio de esperanca neste caso, porque nao se pode calar todas as pessoas como os McCann querem.

  46. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Jo, Astro & Kazlux and all great bloggers everywhere.

  47. You don't need a body to have a funeral. Let's hope the time consuming made up story will come to its end in order to let those who knew and loved Madeleine (including her deplorable parents) to grieve and to lead all those who supported for various reasons such a circus to reflect.

  48. My sincere thanks to Joana and all contributors and to Nigel of mccannfiles.com for working so hard to keep us all up-to-date. A very Merry Christmas to you all and best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year from Canada.

  49. Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to one and all. Hoping for good things in the new year. I pray that the McCanns, Clarence Mitchell and all those with burdened hearts would take stock over the festive season and unload the burden. It really isn't worth it.

    God bless you all :X

  50. A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Joana, Astro, Kazlux and all the bloggers and forumers out there keeping us updated and providing food for thought every single day.

    Seasons Greetings, too, to the Amaral family and best wishes for a prosperous New Year.

    Angela xx

  51. Happy Holidays and Good Wishes for 2010!

    2010, imo thanks to GA, will not be a Pink Media/Press McManipulated McNon-News year.

  52. Happy Christmas and a peaceful, fruitful 2010 to you all- Many thanks again to Joana and the team for all you have done and continue to do.
    :) E

  53. Merry Christmas everyone.

  54. Merry Christmas to Joana, Astro and to all the people who are fighting for justice for Madeleine.
    Happy and healthy 2010.

  55. Merry Christmas to the twins who will see an empty place at the table because a monster took their sister. The monster isn't so bad. It will go out and buy presents and send them to the children.

  56. Feliz Navidad to all those that believe in Truth and Justice and are willing to go a VERY long way for it. Thank you to Joana, Astro, Ines and the rest of the team for the blog and forum and the precious translations. It is so important....

  57. To All, who fight for Maddie Justice, Special for you Josna and Astro, Merry Christmas.


  59. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.
    Mein spezieller Dank geht an Joana, Astro und all die Anderen, die unermüdlich nach der "Wahrheit hinter der Lüge" suchen.Es ist ein wundervoller Artikel Joana, der nachdenklich stimmt.Einen besonderen Gruß möchte ich hier auch zu Mr. Amaral und seiner Familie senden. Ich hoffe, das alles Unrecht, was er hier ertragen muß, eines Tages einen Sinn ergibt...
    Viele Grüße aus Berlin,Germany

  60. Nothing short of seeing the people who murdered / abused the child, together with those who are involved in the cover up, face justice would do.
    Keep up the good work for as long as it takes.
    Happy New Year

  61. The significance of Madeleines death is plain for all to see.The time has not arrived that we may yet be allowed to forget.

    We are all still here and we all intend to be so until there is a satisfactory explanation from the McCanns and their friends as to what they did in apartment 5A on the evening of May the 3rd 2007.

    Time will ensure we will not forget and time, I am certain, will ultimately provide the justice we all seek for all those that were involved in the disappearence of Madeleine McCann.

  62. Meilleurs voeux Joana et Astro.

    I want just to add that these 3 years brought also a very precious thing: the birth of a community of people from everywhere,sharing the same values and determination.


  63. Anon 31
    I'm doing the same and have already contacted my MP and Ministry of Justice. I'm also explaining the significance of the large bunch of red carnations with a black bow to all our Christmas visitors.

  64. Joanna, Astro and Kazlux,

    thank you very much for all the hard work you did. Please keep on as long as it takes.

    A Happy New Year to you.

    And not to forget Nigel Moore of McCann Files. I'm visiting your blog nearly every day. Thank you very much, Nigel.

    And last but not least Goncalo Amaral:
    All the best wishes and a Happy New Year for you and your family. May the truth prevail.
    Good luck!

    Viele Grüße aus Berlin, Germany


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