Anyone seen her at one of the marches?
Ottawa mother fights for children legally ‘abducted’ by husband in Kuwait
Zinab Alfawzi is an Iraqi refugee who hasn’t seen her son Ahmad, eight, or daughter, nine, for three years after her husband legally ‘abducted’ them by claiming full custody in Kuwait without Alfawzi’s permission. Alfawzi was photographed at her Ottawa home Friday Sept. 21, 2012.
Photograph by: Ashley Fraser , Ottawa Citizen
OTTAWA — Zinab Alfawzi had prepared the perfect party for her son’s eighth birthday on Aug. 16. She specially ordered a cake featuring her son’s favourite superhero, Spiderman. She strung up streamers and balloons, lit all the candles and gathered friends to sing Happy Birthday.
The only thing missing was her son, Ahmad, who was nearly 10,000 kilometres away in Kuwait with his father. He wasn’t answering the phone.
“Happy Birthday son. I wish next year we could be together. I love you,” she says in Arabic in a cellphone recording of the celebration, the phone in Kuwait ringing and ringing as the candles grow shorter and shorter. A few months ago, the same thing happened except with a Dora the Explorer themed cake for her nine-year-old daughter, Rawan.