On the morning of September 1st 2004, at 8:30 am, I got ready to leave the house, as at that time I was attending a computer science course that I had started in March 2004. This course included a holiday break for the whole month of August, and then resume on September 1st. This explains the reason for my exit....
watch: Morning of September 1st, 2004 (pdf)
***Little Denise Pipitone was born on October 26th 2000, in Mazara del Vallo (TP), Sicily , Italy .
THE STORY OF DENISE THE “KIDNAPPED CHILD”
I'm often asked to talk about the story of Denise.
I thought it appropriate to specify which is the context in which the events that affected my daughter took place. Denise is a girl who played and smiled like any other, and loved her family, and that one day was seized outside her house by a ignoble hand. There is a social fabric that creates, maintains and protects illegality.
The common opinion about the kidnapping of minors is of course a strong condemnation. Each one of us is ready to point the finger at a criminal when he/she is arrested for violating the innocence of a child or killing her/him. We act, however, only through words. In fact, the fear of being involved in issues that don’t concern us contributes to criminal action, and our guilty silence hides and mystifies the reality of a monster that uses silence to hit the innocent. Moreover, in some cases the retrograde mentality of ignorant people justifies who commits evil actions because he/she thinks to avenge an alleged grievance.
That’s how criminals come to life: the people around them foster, tolerate and support them. By themselves they are nothing, but in their mindset they draw full support from those with whom they have contact - including those who think they have not contributed to evil just because they have turned their faces away.
The failure to act means to act in their favour, because this game can be won only by taking a strong position against them, not by passively staying within the pleasant tranquillity of our homes - which can be deadly struck when the criminal picks on us. We let him flourish, and the fact we did not oppose his existence was not enough to save us.
Some people like me, every day, fight not only against those who ruined my life by taking away my daughter - who was everything to me. I am fighting every day especially against that mentality which subtly justifies what happened with a sterile conformism which is made by empty words.
To make pretty speeches and then pretend not to see and not hear is useless. We should first ask ourselves whether there exists so great a wrong that it has to be paid by a child’s life. And so amid the cautious indifference of many, the one who has done evil walks the streets in quiet and feels entitled to laugh at the problems he has caused, surrounded by people who lack any kind of humanity.
Instead of isolating the criminal, he finds the company of the weak, who let themselves be affected by an apparent safety and become themselves the emissaries of evil. I'm not afraid to face who committed acts of such cruelty against me, but I find that to associate the concept of "human being" to the indifference of these people is disgusting.
Now that years have passed, their silence is all the more guilty and their presumption of innocence cannot justify those who did nothing to help a child. Many children in the world are missing from home because of unscrupulous criminals.
These children are not able to ask for help, so we must become their voice, our actions must give them the hope of a return.
© Missing - Cerchiamo Denise