Baby Hana travelled to Lebanon with her mother Nur and elder brother on 11 Sep 2017 to visit her grandparents under instruction from her Lebanese father, who is living in Australia. Things appeared normal initially...but, on 30Sep 2017 her passport strangely disappeared from her mother's handbag. Nur sensed something amiss.
The authorities in Lebanon and Singapore were alerted immediately. That was when the father's family revealed that a travel ban have been executed under Hana's name, prohibiting her to leave Lebanon.
Nur was threatened, assaulted and forced to leave Lebanon without her baby on 15Oct 2017. Hana was a fully nursing (breastfed) baby and was never seperated from her mother since birth. She was snatched away. During the violent struggle, Nur suffered a permanent nerve injury. The 8 months old Hana was taken away and left all alone with strangers in a foreign land without being able to fend for herself.
Words cannot describe the trauma and anguish felt by Hana's mother during this ordeal of being separated from her baby...
After a long and tedious court battle, A Lebanese judge finally lifted the travel ban and awarded Nur full custody by the highest sharia court. We went to Lebanon and Hana was returned to her mother on 12 Jun 2018. She was delighted to finally be reunited with her mother and brother. Just as we thought the nightmare is finally over, the husband family executed another charge against her mom. This time for kidnapping Hana.
How can the biological mother be kidnapping her own daughter??
While we question the legality and basis of this charge, things work differently there. They are coming up with more chicanery ways in executing fresh travel ban forbidding Hana to leave the country.
So far our family have forked out more than USD35000 in this matter. It includes legal cost, travel expenses, accommodation, medical and other daily expenses for Hana and Nur. We have exhausted our savings and resources are depleting fast. We are still facing an uphill battle in settling all the pending cost and legal fees. Funds are needed to contest this unfair travel bans imposed on a Singaporean child and for her safe return home with her mother.
We really seek your help to continue this quest in bringing them back home to Singapore. No one deserves to be deprived of their own freedom. From a bubbly and active baby, Hana now is very reservered and wary of strangers. She will cling on to her mother at every opportunity.
Both of them are currently living in fear in the outskirts of Lebanon. Ever since she has be there, Hana had has missed all the necessary health check ups and vaccinations. She was also infected with Notovirus arising from the poor sanitation due to the living environment there.
We seek your kind support in contributing to this cause so that both Singapore passport holders can be reunited with her family and return back HOME. Our Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, HCG for Singapore in Lebanon have been alerted and updated on all events to date.
This is a true life incident. It can happen to anyone. We would also like to raise an awareness about these type of unsuspecting travel bans, which exist in some parts of the middle east.
Hana have been illegally detained for almost 2 years. Her brother misses her terribly. We, as a family are all worried but can only pray and hope for them to be reunited with us this Eid.
Alternatively, you may also contribute through bank transfer to this account POSB SAV : 095139485.
May God reward you for all your good deeds.