Finding missing mum is little boy's festive wish
MOST three-year-old boys are excitedly anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus on December 25. But one toddler has no interest in toys this year.
He has just one Christmas wish: news about his missing mother.
Esra Uyrun, who is originally from Turkey, has not been seen since February 23 after leaving her Dublin home to go to the shops.
Now her family, including her young son Emin (3), have made a desperate Christmas appeal for anyone to come forward with new information.
The 39-year-old vanished after leaving her Clondalkin home almost 10 months ago. Following a sea and land search, Esra's car, a silver Renault Twingo, was discovered in a car park in Bray, Co Wicklow, but no other trace of the mother-of-one has been found.
Her family say she did not take her own life and believe something more sinister may have happened.
Speaking on behalf of the family from her London home yesterday, Berna Fidan, Esra's sister, says Christmas was her sibling's favourite time of year and says young Emin is struggling without his mother.
"We are, as you can imagine, very sad and distressed that we still have no news or clues about Esra's disappearance," she said.
"To this day I cannot believe my little sister is missing. Not a day goes by without Esra being spoken about or asked about. I feel so helpless when I have to say I have no news.
"It's nearly Christmas. This time of year was Esra's favourite. She loved the Christmas spirit. She was always the first to put up her tree and start putting the presents under it. I can't even bring myself to put up a tree this year."
Young Emin, who started school and turned three earlier this year, is desperately in need of his mum, Berna says. "Emin is convinced that his mummy is in hospital, and will come home when she is better.
"We don't have the heart to tell him any different because he wouldn't understand," she added. "He is going to child therapy classes, but he seems very closed up on the subject and doesn't want to talk. He must have all sorts going through his little brain."
Esra has blonde hair and green eyes, and is described as having a slim build.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.