Mums in a mil­lion

Friday - - Editor's Letter - Karen Pasquali Jones Edi­tor kpasqual­i­

They’re the women who tuck their ba­bies into bed at night and read them a story. Many of them do back-break­ing work to put hot food in their chil­dren’s bel­lies and make sure they get an ed­u­ca­tion. They are moth­ers who sac­ri­fice and go with­out just to make sure their lit­tle ones have what they need. And they do all this for chil­dren who aren’t bi­o­log­i­cally theirs.

These are the women who mother ba­bies who have been dumped – by the side of the road, in hos­pi­tals and even in rubbish bins. The tots have been aban­doned be­cause they are girls. They’re seen as a bur­den, the lesser sex who are an ex­pense to the fam­ily. So they’re lit­er­ally thrown away.

Luck­ily for these un­wanted girls, there are plenty of amaz­ing women who pluck them from the streets, or bin, take them home and raise them as their own.

We hon­our these in­cred­i­ble mums on page 14 and, closer to home, give some beau­ti­ful Fri­day read­ers a Mother’s Day makeover. Check out the be­fore and af­ter shots on page 50 – they look won­der­ful. Un­til next week,

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