Madeleine Wasn't The Only Child Hurt In The McCann Story
This May 3rd marks ten years since Madeleine McCann first went missing.
Holidaying with her parents and siblings at a Portuguese resort, the toddler disappeared from her bed while her parents had dinner nearby.
As the less than happy milestone approaches, her parents have written a message pleading with people to remember there are two other children involved in this story.
Madeleine McCann’s siblings.
Twin’s Sean and Amelie were just young tots when their older sister mysteriously vanished.
They’ve since grown up with their lives shrouded by the headlines and sad legacy of that fateful night in 2007.
Taking to Facebook, Kate McCann said they were “bracing” for a “stressful and painful” couple of weeks.
However, as they prepare for the onslaught of misinformation, half-truths and downright lies, she and husband Gerry had one request.
“Even if little consideration for Gerry and me is shown, they will at least bear in mind the effect such unfounded and unwarranted negativity could have on our other children - and of course Madeleine,” Kate pleaded.
She explained that they didn’t have the time or energy to focus on fighting the stories and media specials they predicted would soon enough come.
“Media appearances are draining and on occasion, unhelpful to the only thing we want, finding Madeleine. They need to have a purpose,” she wrote.
“We could spend all our time and energy trying to defend ourselves by correcting inaccuracies and lies, but then we would have no strength left to look for Madeleine, look after our other children and to live our life.”
Instead, she said the family would focus on two themes – “perseverance and gratitude”.
Despite the decade from hell, they planned to go on and make the best of what the life they have.
“We consider ourselves immensely fortunate to have received the love, solidarity and support from so many kind and decent people over the last decade,” she explained.
“There have been many challenges and low points along the way but the warmth, encouragement and positivity we have experienced from the ‘quiet majority’ has undoubtedly sustained us and maintained our faith in human goodness.
“And while that is there, there will always be hope.”