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This month marks our fourth Christmas without Madeleine. We hope with all our hearts that wherever she is, she is safe and well and whoever may be with her is treating her with the love and respect she so deserves.
We would like to thank all our supporters for 'staying at our side' in spite of the injustices that we continue to be subjected to. Madeleine is the person who suffers most from all of this injustice. It is this fact alone which causes us the most distress. It is absolutely heart-breaking.
The Wikileaks 'news' this week has led to the repetition of many unfounded allegations and smears both in the UK and in Portugal in particular. This has been seized on as an opportunity by those who wish to compound our suffering and hamper our efforts, including the very person who was entrusted with finding our daughter. Those who could help Madeleine but choose to do nothing are also complicit in this injustice. Without the love and help from so many good people around the world we would not be able to find the strength to continue the fight to find our daughter.
Thank you to all those who have signed our petition calling on the UK and Portuguese Governments to conduct an independent review of Madeleine's case.
The petition is still on-going. If you haven't signed and would like to further the search for Madeleine, please sign our on-line petition or sign a paper petition form. The latter can be downloaded from the website and distributed to shops, post-offices etc. and returned to us.
Along with our family, we would like to thank everyone who has sent us Christmas cards, letters, donations and gifts at this difficult time of year. It is impossible to find enough positive words to describe such kindness or the hugely important and heart-warming effect it has on us. Without any doubt, it helps us immensely and we are incredibly grateful.
We wish you all a merry Christmas and a very happy, healthy and positive 2011. Please remember to spare a thought and a prayer for all the children who will not be with their families this Christmas.
Kate and Gerry
And a response from a retired UK police officer on the Madeleine McCann Research Group forum:
"This is beyond belief.
"We hope with all our hearts that wherever she is, she is safe and well and whoever may be with her is treating her with the love and respect she so deserves."
THEY say she is with a Paedo**** gang, and have said so for many years.
Their prime detective says she is in a "Hellish Lair", and has held onto this view despite going to Australia to check up on another "strong lead"
Everyone else on the planet with a working cerebellum knows she is dead.
At least they have the decency to thank the people who are still sending "donations and gifts". Let us hope these appear as such in the accounts for 2011.
"Without any doubt, it helps us immensely and we are incredibly grateful." I bet you are. Who wouldn't be. The "fund" allows itself to give financial 'help' to the family.
"Please remember to spare a thought and a prayer for all the children who will not be with their families this Christmas."
We are sparing lots of thought for a little girl who has not been with her family for the last four years. Lots of thought. Most of it intelligent and detached and disinterested, in the proper sense of that word.
That is why we are still here, when you hoped we would have gone away and concluded that Madeleine was abducted by a man, or a woman travelling East, or possibly West, either wrapped, or not wrapped in a blanket by a man, or possibly a woman, with pimples, or a moustache, or no face, or long hair, or short hair, who was 5'7 or possibly 5'11, or European or possibly ....- ( sorry, I have just lost the will to live.)
But I particularly like "Those who could help Madeleine but choose to do nothing are also complicit in this injustice. "
Does that not include the parents, who could have helped Madeleine, by not leaving her alone in an unlocked apartment in a small town in a foreign country well known for its gangs of gypsies and predatory paedo****, (ALL according to them, you understand, not to anyone who has actually been to the Algarve, or who owns property there)"
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