Two weeks ago, an 8 year old girl went missing from outside her house, and has yet to be found. A Facebook page has been set up to help find her, and it is all over the news. Her name is Angeline and she was living with her step mother, in Sanur, South Bali.
From reading the news reports, it seems more focus has been on what kind of mother her step mother was, and the condition of the house that they live in. A representative from child protection services has even stated that he would not allow Angeline to go back to live with her step mother, even if she is found.Does he have that right? Why are they being so hard on her, and not considering there may be a worse criminal out there that has abducted this child?
There are a few things that do not make sense in the scenario, for example, it is claimed that Angeline was playing in her garden, and the step mother was inside the house, when she disappeared. Seeing the house on TV, this seems hard to understand. The house is full of dogs, and chickens, that made a lot of noise when the TV reporters came, and by association would also have alerted the step mother if an abductor had come in.
The house is secured with a large wooden gate, that even the step mother found hard to close. How could Angeline have gone outside, without being spotted? That being said, anything is possible, and we have to keep our minds open to any scenario, and the press are not helping the situation by giving the step mother a hard time.
While browsing Facebook today, I came across a social experiment conducted by Joey Salads, where he demonstrates just how easy it is to lure children in to an ice cream truck. These children are around the same age as Angeline, and should know better than to get in to a truck with a stranger, yet all but one do just that. Our children are extremely vulnerable and we need to keep them safe.
Please, if you are in Bali, keep an eye out for Angeline, and pray that she is brought home safely. Visit the Facebook page Find Angeline – Bali’s Missing Child for more details
update on June 10 2015 : Angeline was found, dead, in her own back yard, buried under the chicken coops. Her step mother is under suspicion of murder. Such a sad ending to a strange tale