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Egyptian husband keeping son in Egypt

by Elizabeth / Posted 20/05/2014 / Updated 04/06/2014

Hi, I went to Egypt for a holiday to see if Iīd like to live there last year, after my husband had suddenly left to live there a few months earlier and was desperate for us to go out and follow him. My husband promised if I didnīt like it there that I could bring my children- 3 & 8 back with me. I left after 6 mths, i didnīt like it atall. I couldnīt take my son. I went back for 3 mths with my daughter and tried to get my son too, again I wasnīt allowed to bring him back, only my daughter. My husband hid my sonīs passport. I think now I was very lucky he didnīt stop me or my daughter. I am trying to stay hopeful. My solicitor says if I get legal aid, she can order a court order to get my son back on the grounds he promised I could bring both kids back if I didnīt like it there. Has anyone heard success stories of getting kids back from Egypt/Arab countries? Anyone have similar experiences and want to talk? I know now I am very naïve and stupid to have let this happen but at the time I just wanted to please my husband and keep the family together.

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