‘This was the best of times’: Managed to stay in touch with his mum via Facebook
MANCHESTER, England – The last time he was able to see his mum was in January, a week before his birthday, he told a friend.
The friend didn’t have Facebook, so Manfredi, who is still not able to get out of bed, didn’t bother to reply.
A week later, he was at a house party in his hometown, Manly, when he saw his mother on her mobile phone.
He said: “I don’t remember a thing.
She wasn’t there.”
He had never seen her before.
“She looked like she’d been in a coma, not dead.”
Manfredii says he has not talked to his mum in 20 years, but he does have a Facebook page.
The page has been set up for him to communicate with his daughter.
But even on his mum’s page, he can’t see her face.
He can’t find her phone number or any pictures of her.
“I haven’t been able to contact her,” he says.
He doesn’t know how to get ahold of her, and doesn’t want to try.
“What I want is to see her in person.”
He has no idea what to do.
“How am I supposed to tell her that I love her?
Why can’t I see her?”‘
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“We are very close,” she said.
“When I get a phone call I try to get in touch.
I have to say, ‘I don`t know if she is ok.'”
She can’t answer the phone, so her son gets on the phone to his mother.
“And then I tell her, ‘You know what?
You can see me, but you won’t be able to talk to me.'”
The two of them have not spoken in three years.
She has not had a phone conversation for two years, so he has to use WhatsApp.
“It is very frustrating,” she says.
She knows there is a problem, but she doesn’t feel like she can solve it.
“The only thing that can change my life is for my mother to see my daughter.
I want her in my life.
It’s very hard to say no to that,” she tells Al Jazeera.
“If she wants to be in a hospital, I will be there.
But for now, I can only do this for her.”
She wants to help people like her.
The first time she tried to contact the mum, it took weeks.
But now, the second time she tries, she doesn`t need to contact anybody at all.
“People just don’t understand.
They don`ve never seen the pain, they just think, ‘Oh, she’s dead’.” When Manfred was a child, his father was a police officer in Sydney.
He was a paedophile, a violent man who abused his children.
His mother was a teacher in a school in her native South Australia.
She had been raped and killed.
Manfred says he still feels that way.
“Every time I go to see him, I feel sad.
It`s so hard to be there and watch him,” he said.
‘She looked beautiful’ When Manfried first heard about his mother, he found her story unbelievable.
He told her he didn’t want a relationship, but then he found a woman who could help him.
He didn’t ask her for her phone numbers or pictures, but for a Facebook profile.
“At first, I was very, very upset,” Manfried says.
“But she was so sweet and she was beautiful.”
He says his mother told him: “You can do it.
You can talk to your mum, you can say goodbye to your dad.”
She said: `You can meet her, you just have to talk.’
“I think I can be there for her,” Manfred said.
But the woman he wanted to meet was not there, and Manfred has had to deal with her rejection and the fact that he could not have a conversation.
“He had a very difficult time,” she told Al Jazeera, referring to his relationship with his father.
Manfried still lives with his mother and his two brothers.
“My mother is very emotional.
She doesn`ve got the strength, she`s very, very, weak.
I think that she needs someone who is there to support her, so that she can cope.”
He hopes to find her soon.
“Even if she doesn´t come, I`m still going to do what