The body of a 6-year-old girl kidnapped with her little sister by their father has been discovered off the Spanish island of Tenerife after weeks of research, sparking a wave of emotion in Spain.
Olivia, 6 years old, and her sister Anna, one year old, had been missing since the end of April on the island of the Canary Islands after sending a last message “farewellFrom their father, also missing, to their mother from whom he was separated, told AFP a spokesperson for the Civil Guard. The day after their disappearance, a boat belonging to the father and a car seat used by Anna were found adrift off the coast of Tenerife, leading the authorities to launch a search in the area.
Until a body found Thursday, June 10 at the bottom of the ocean is identified as that of little Olivia, this spokesperson confirmed to AFP. Authorities continue to search for Anna and her father off the island in the Atlantic Ocean near the coast of northwest Africa.
The news of the discovery of Olivia’s body – 1,000 meters deep in a bag weighted by the anchor of the father’s boat, according to media reports – sparked a great wave of emotion in the country. “I cannot imagine the pain of the mother of little Anna and Olivia, who disappeared in Tenerife, at the terrible news we have just heard“, Deplored the Spanish Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez Thursday evening on Twitter. “There are no words to accompany Beatriz (name of the mother of the two daughters) in this moment of terrible pain. This violence against mothers to strike where it hurts the most is a matter of state”, Said for her part the Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, member of the radical left party Podemos.
In Spain, 39 minors have been murdered by their fathers or by their mother’s companions or ex-companions since 2013, according to government figures on gender violence. Several feminist collectives convened demonstrations Friday evening in several cities of Spain to denounce this crime as well as an upsurge in feminicides since the beginning of the year in the country, which is at the forefront in the fight against male chauvinist violence in Europe. .
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