Awoman who has fought all her life!

Fight for a woman who has fought all her life!

For 13 years, a Christian Ethiopian woman has been fighting to get her children back home after the two Danish-born children were kidnapped by their Muslim father. The mother had to buy the children back from her father's family, and her debt is now higher than she can pay. The whole story started much earlier. As a newly educated student from Ethiopia, she met a Somali man. They married and she went to Denmark in 1995 with him. After their first son was born, the marriage changed. Where their different religion in the past had not been significant, the father now wanted the son to be educated Muslim and that the mother should behave as a Muslim woman. After only a few years in Denmark, the couple had two children, and the woman's dream of education and job seemed very far away. The man refused his wife's exit because she did not want to go with a scarf. She stood by her Christian faith, and for months she did not leave the apartment. In December 1998, she became pregnant again. This time she made an abortion against her husband's wish. The abortion triggered an outbreak of anger. Her husband struck her and threatened to bring her and their children to Somalia, where they could live as a Muslim family. That's how it was. The mother would be divorced, but in May 1999 the father abducted their two children. He put the two children in the back seat of a red Toyota and drove to Sweden. Here was

The children passed on to his family in Somalia. The son was barely three years old, and the girl was a year and a half. It was 13 years before they had to see their mother again. The father was sentenced to six months in prison for the abduction, but as Denmark has no exchange agreement with Somalia, the state could not do more to bring the children back home. In 2001, the mother made the first attempt to bring the children home. She went to the village of Somalia, where the father's family lives, and found the children there. But even though she had brought four guards, she did not dare to bring the children because more of the men in the village had machine guns. Her two-year-old daughter already had a scarf. Life in Denmark was hard and missed by the two kidnapped children was immensely large. In 2012, 13 years after the terrible day of May, the mother finally managed to bring the children home. She paid the father what corresponds to 65,000 Danish kroner for the children. The children had been 14 and 16 years old and had no memory of their mother: "When I wanted to embrace my son, he pulled himself away. I was a strange woman, and such a Muslim must not touch. "The mother has brought her children to Denmark. They thrive and are both in the process of taking an education. However, the long-standing struggle has left her with a debt of 225,000 kroner and post-traumatic stress syndrome. Her wish is a future of freedom and education for herself and for her children. That can help you to make reality.


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