Most of us know the importance of a mother’s love, and those of us who have had the good fortune to experience firsthand the bond of attachment that can develop between a mother and her child would appreciate how vital this is to a kid’s mental, emotional and social development.
Maria Reid is not so fortunate. Her thoughts of childhood have long been marred by memories of deep emotional pain and suffering. She was a victim of parental child abduction.
She has struggled for years to come to terms with what she says was a traumatic experience, the likes of which only those who have lived it could know what it feels like. Born in the United Kingdom, in the East London borough of Hackney, her parents, both Jamaicans, had emigrated to England in the early sixties. In Maria’s just-released autobiography A Strange Mother, she recounts her…
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