Help me find out if my baby was stolen at birth in Spain
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I was told my first baby had died shortly after her birth in 1992 when I lived in Spain. I can’t describe the pain I felt and until February 2012 I lived thinking my daughter had died. But a Spanish friend came to visit in the UK and told me about a scandal that had broken in Spain where up to 300,000 babies had been stolen in Spain and sold for adoption across the world between the 1950's to the late 1990's.
It hit me that my daughter could have been one of those stolen babies and I have been battling for an effective investigation ever since. My case has been through the Spanish justice system, to no avail.
That’s why I’m calling on the UK Home Secretary to push my case further. Both me and my daughter are British - it is their job to support us as they have with other families who’ve had loved ones missing.
When my daughter's remains were exhumed to bring them back to the UK, the skeleton I saw appeared to be that of a much older infant.
One way that could help is providing £5000 that is needed to have a DNA test on the ashes that I believed were my daughter’s. This could help me take forward the case for a fuller investigation.
I received a letter from Theresa May when she was Home Secretary, in which she told me she was sorry to read about my sad story, but could not help. I know that more can be done - if they knew the pain of not knowing what happened to your lost child, I’m sure they would take action.
My hopes are to find the truth. And I hope my story will help others that may have been affected by this too.
Please sign this petition to secure a true investigation to find out what happened to my baby.
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