Monday, May 14, 2007


UPDATE: 15.5.07 - The printed edition of "Corriere" has devoted an entire page to the story today. With developments in the case today, it is, again, Sky's top story. We wait and hope.

There has been little media coverage here and my neighbour who is a policeman did not even know about the disappearance of Madeleine. Earlier today the Corriere della Sera site had the new poster of her as one of their Foto del Giorno but now it has been replaced. You may care to have a look - perhaps they are alternating it. La Repubblica's site also has the new poster, a fair way down on the right-hand side. I am doing my best to spread the word here, particularly among people who travel.
UPDATE: I note that the world-shaking news that a British TV presenter has had an altercation in a provincial curry house has replaced the above as Sky's "top story".
The polls closed at 1500 and all the indications are that Berlusconi's cdl coalition [centre-right] has won in Sicily. This would retain the status quo.
Seven more boats carrying clandestini [would-be illegal immigrants] have been intercepted in Sicily's waters within the past 24 hours. The ironically named "welcome centre" on Lampedusa, built to accommodate 190, is now overwhelmed again as it struggles to cope with 400 desperate people. The authorities do their best and the coastguard have saved many lives, for there have been several tragedies when the inadequate, overcrowded boats have capsized and I fear that we shall witness more this summer. Several of the people traffickers involved have been brought to justice.


elleeseymour said...

Well done for doing your best to keep Madeleine in the public eye. And I think those asylum seekers could smell your cooking, and they simply couldn't resist...

Lee said...

I heard on the news this morning that a British guy is being questioned by police over this matter. He was staying at the same resort in Portugal...nothing further as yet other than that he is being questioned. He said he has a daughter that looks like little Madeleine. Let's hope this case is solved soon with a happy ending.

Ruthie said...

I'm glad some of the traffickers were brought to justice... those are terrible people.

The problem of illegal immigration is exploding everywhere.

Maria said...

That baby missing is so terribly sad... My heart breaks for her and the family. How could someone do this? I only pray, that I don't even want to think about it.. but I am sure.. you know what I am thinking...

All my prayers for Madeline.

PS, how do I get the picture to post in my blog?

Crushed said...

Berlusconi gets a bad press here, but I quite like him. He hs thatway about him that I guess Italians respond to. He speaks from his heart, not his head.

Anonymous said...

Most of the news is not good at all. Getting harder for people to laugh.

Liz Hinds said...

I always feel so fortunate in having been born in this country. I cannot imagine the lives people must have had to make them undertake dangerous journies to escape. That is why I believe we should be welcoming to asylum seekers.

Yet I know that no country has the capacity to take in everyone. And I suppose there are probably a few amongst them who have their own less than genuine reasons for wanting to leave their homeland. But I don't believe that is justification for a locked door.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Ellee. I know you are doing so too. The parents must be in even more agony today.
Hi, Lee. Yes, I've just been watching that, too. But they still haven't found the poor little girl.
Ruthie, I agree. The traffickers are just awful. They push people out of the boats whether they can swim or not, I read, and they are just making money out of human misery.
Hi, M. Yes, it is terrible. I don't know how anyone could be so heartless. Now, getting the photo on took me about 2 hours but that is because I am a technical nitwit. I'm sure there's an easier way of doing it but: go to Scroll down to where it says "new poster" click and you should get the image. I copied it to my desktop then went into blogger layout - add page element and uploaded it. It took several attempts but I was probably doing something wrong. Or I could email you the image - let me know - I'm sure your technical skills are better than mine.
Crushed by insoc, yes, slippery Silvio does get a bad press everywhere but here - but that's 'cos he owns most of the media, as you will know. I think the difference is that Italians expect their politicians to be larger than life characters and, occasionally, buffons! I wouldn't vote for him but I admire the man for sheer audacity!
Steve, it certainly is.
Liz, I agree with you. These people see no hope for their lives simply because of where they happen to have been born and they know that they are risking their lives undertaking this perilous journey. Even if they make it, many will be sent back. We cannot imagine their desperation yet, as you also say, no country can take in everyone who wants to come.


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