The neighbours who noticed that Khyra was becoming almost skeletal-like with her ribs sticking out didn’t say anything. The neighbour who spotted Khyra eating the bread in the garden didn’t say anything. Do you know when the neighbours opened their mouths? When the media came ‘knocking after Angela and Junaid were arrested.
So they couldn’t be bothered to pick up a phone and tell someone that this child was obviously starved and malnourished?
Khyra’s father had — in my opinion — the AUDACITY to pipe up after the trial. He was “raging” apparently, he said that child protection officers should have done more to save his daughter, he said the system was “flawed”, and says he has no confidence in social services.
So you didn’t fail as a father then? These people were starving your child for FIVE MONTHS, so much so that she collapsed and died — and you don’t think that you have a parental responsibility to protect your child? How he can sit there and place the blame solely on social service is beyond me. When was the last time he visited his daughter? If he’d bothered to go and visit her — just once — she may be alive today.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ignoring the disgusting actions of Angela and Junaid. They were wrong, out of order and deserve all they get. But they are by no means the only wrong people in this story. As a society we are slowly but surely turning a blind eye to the bad things that happen around us. Pretending something’s not happening, does not make it go away. If I saw my neighbour’s child looking skeletal and scavenging for food I’d say something, that ‘ish could not sit on my conscience.
In so many of these child protection cases, people seem to be afraid to blame an “absent” father. The same father who couldn’t be arsed to visit his child in five months,Â is all of a sudden able to make his appointments to speak to the media. Well I’m not afraid to say it.
Ishaq Abu Zaire, you failed your child.
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