Saving Daniel.

I watched the news yesterday and listened to Daniel’s story.He was four and he was betrayed by those who were supposed to keep him safe.

I’ve cried lots because one one saved him. No one noticed a little body weighing just over a stone, a starving child rooting through bins at school and stealing food.

What I found most disturbing was not the horrific excuse of a mother and step father who abused him. It was the fact no  one did anything. These people are the monsters in our dreams, the nightmares we know as children. As adults we know they are real but they are not you and me – usually.

Daniel went to school, lived in a street. He was present in our world, alone, but here in our streets. Teachers saw him, mums and dads at the school gate, neighbours, acquaintances.

Last night the family next door had a blazing row and their little girl was screaming and calling ” mamma!” I couldn’t sleep and it got louder and more aggressive. They are an Eastern European family so I did not understand what they were saying – perhaps that’s an excuse.

But shame on me for not having the courage to call the police. Shame on us all for letting Daniel down. I know it may have made no difference but just may be if a neighbour had made a call things would have been better for this tiny little boy

We shut our doors every day, lock ourselves in our little boxes and everyday a little more community is lost. We are a little further from everyone and the human condition. Veneered by a virtual world of blogs and tweets and updates.

The irony of me writing this has not escaped me but in all honesty I don’t know what else to do. Quite simply, if Arthur needed someone to make that call for him, I would give my life to make it happen and this is what I will try to remember.

I am so sorry Daniel.

2 thoughts on “Saving Daniel.

  1. Your blog unintentionally highlights the problem. What on earth could the police do if a couple are fighting and their child is crying? That is not a matter for the police and probably no one else’s business. And probably happens in many households across Britain. But where is the line to be drawn? When we see bruises on the child? But many children, that are allowed to be children, will have harmless bruises, cuts and grazes. When a child looks a little thin? Some children are naturally very skinny (not as thin as Daniel I agree) and remember that this Mum told everyone that her son had an eating disorder. It is impossible to know when to intervene and how to intervene. And I worry now that there will be lots more cases of parents being wrongly accused of harming their children. Please can we all remember that the Mother and Stepfather of this little boy kileed him, not the authorities, not all of us, and sometimes it will be impossible to stop this happening, tragic though it is.

    • Totally get your point and of course the parents killed him but I guess I’m acknowledging the ‘not my problem’ culture we are heading towards. As I said may be nothing would have changed but I would rather have the courage to make a pointless call and I’m not sure many if us do.

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