Maori mum launches website to bring home abducted children

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TangataWhenua.com heard of the plight of Mihi Puriri several weeks ago and are saddened to learn that after much publicity, still three tamariki remain in captivity without their mother, living in squalid and unsafe living conditions.

A website to raise awareness of what is happening was launched recently. It seeks to encourage theNZ government to continue to be involved in this case to help bring Mihi and her 3 children home.

Mihi Puriri has 3 young New Zealand born children, Iman 5, Asiya 2 and Zakaria 1. She has been prevented from taking her children home to New Zealand from Algeria, by her Algerian husband since they went there on a family trip in 2011.

In August 2011 Mohamed Azzaoui told his wife Mihi that his father was terminally ill.Mohamed and Mihi travelled to Algeria with their children for what was intended to be a short visit. Upon arrival in Mostaganem, Algeria it was obvious that Mohamed’s father was in perfect health. When Mihi confronted Mohamed he hid the passports and would not allow the children to return to their home country of New Zealand.

Almost 9 months later the children are still stuck in Mostaganem, Algeria. They are being held in appalling conditions where they only have biscuits for breakfast and between the 3 of them they share a couple of pieces of fruit a week.

Mihi lost a significant amount of weight whilst she was held there as she shared her limited portions of food with her children. She also sustained frostbite to her toes, such were the conditions under which Mihi and her children were living.

Mihi is currently in the nation’s capital, Algiers. She last had contact with her children on the 3rd March, 2012 where New Zealand Consul, Barbara Welton, attempted to remove Mihi and her children from the apartment. Unsuccessful, Mihi was taken out of the apartment without her children. Her children Iman, Asiya and Zakaria are aged 5, 2 and 1, respectively. Mihi was not allowed to speak to Zakaria on his first birthday, on the 11th of March.

So what can YOU do?

22 COMMENTS

  1. Hinemoa , here is a contact you might like to connect with, he helps do the snatch n grab in these circumstances,…..STEVE JOHNSON….British Special Forces…Is a child abduction specialist….google him….Maria

  2. I find this extremely bad but I also find it weird that people are so up in arms about it.
    In today’s society when a man and women separate the women almost 100% of the time gets the children and millions of men world wide are locked out from seeing there children and no one seems to care about this?

    Men have very little control over there children when divorce happens maybe he thought this was the best purse of action to get what he wanted?

    Maybe, the courts, women and society should push for equality in all things not just women issues and this may not happen.

  3. I’ve been watching this story unfold over the past weeks and I feel sick. I was one of the many “women” duped by this pathological liar for many years in NZ. It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve been able to make sense of his lies and put his stories together.
    We were a couple for several years, he made promises to me, claimed he would leave mihi and marry me, saying he was only with her for “papers” so he wouldn’t get kicked out of NZ (as he was kicked out of Australia after the Olympics for overstaying his visa), he told me he wanted his life in NZ as he hated Algeria, (loved his Muslim culture but hated the corrupt ways of his government).
    I remember him telling me how when his eldest daughter turned 5 he would take her “without the bloody mother” (in his accent) to Algeria as he didn’t want her growing up in NZ as it was to free. He told me he would make her cover her face and not let her attend regular schools. I seriously thought he was just having a rant about this wife he claimed so much to be “tied” to. I now realize how serious he was.
    This was not a last minute decision to take his family there. This has been planned since his eldest daughters birth. I’m ashamed that I got caught up in this mans manipulating and callous lies. Mohammed does not like to be wrong. He does not like to be told “no”, especially by a women. When I ended our relationship (because of a shit load of other women) he refused to take no for an answer. Threatening me, telling me he will never leave me alone but then saying in the next text, if you don’t come and see me now I will cut you off and never talk to you again! It got to the stage where I had to blacklist his number so he could no longer contact me on my cell phone. He is incredibly determined and I don’t see him giving up this fight any time soon. My heart breaks for Mihi. I don’t have children yet but I’d hate to think the pain she is going thru.
    I guess my message is on here to support her and to show the world the type of man he really is. Arrogant, pig headed, manipulative.
    God will get those children back to her. Because that is where they belong. HE choose to have children in Nz, HE knew she was a Maori women who had no intention of leaving her roots…… And this was all ok for when it suited him. But because there marriage was deteriorating he couldn’t handle that a NZ divorce might mean he lost full custody and perhaps only got shared custody, he took matters into his own hands and did the only thing he could think of to guarantee he had those children.
    If he TRUELY wanted these children he would have sacrificed his pleasure time (traveling all over the world) and stayed by their side.
    I heard he was back here in Nz just a few weeks ago with an older lady. Wow he has class alright.
    Perhaps I’m a scorned women. But I definelty don’t want people to think he is the innocent doting father here. Because he is not. He is simply a stubborn Muslim man who HAS TO HAVE THINGS HIS WAY.

    He’s disgusting.

    • Dear A.
      Thank you for coming forward.

      From the description you have provided I don’t think that we know about you, or perhaps we do but I’ve become confused because of the sheer volume of women who have ended up entangled in Mohamed’s web.

      Will you take another step A and email me at hinemoarrp@hotmail.com so we can take this matter offline.

      I am confident that Mohamed will get what he deserves, I just don’t want Mihi or the children to suffer in the process.

      God bless,
      Hinemoa

  4. While i can understand the frustrations of the maternal whanau are coming to the fore here i think it’s worthwhile pointing out we are only seeing one side of the story here. For whatever reason, the paternal family has not used the media to put their version of the story forward. That’s understandable too -after all, right now they pretty much hold a full deck of cards; i.e. the father has sole guardianship, the kids are algerian citizens, they’re on algerian soil etc. I really hope negotiation works. It would be better to keep this out of the algerian courts.

    What can the NZ govt do? Well, it’s an event occurring on algerian soil so it’s outside NZ jurisdiction. And as someone else pointed out earlier, Algeria is not a signatory to international agreements allowing for custody matters to be determined in the court of the country the children resided in. So the NZ govt has little room to move in.

    I find it interesting that the govt is being blamed for what happened in Mostaganem. How so? MFAT could only have known about what was going on if support had been requested.

    Also, i find it interesting that Child Abduction Australia are not using the words ‘kidnap’ or ‘ abduction’ to describe the events that have resulted in the children staying put in Algeria. And unless i am mistaken, nor have the NZ authorities issued arrest warrants either in NZ or internationally via Interpol. Neither have the Algerian authorities.

    • H Noah, the Azzoui children were kidnapped by the paternal father Mohamed Azzoui. Some might call it child abduction and it would not be an entirely incorrect use of the word.

      Mohamed Azzaoui lied to Mihi Puriri and the children to entice, lure or otherwise get them to travel to a place where they are now prevented from leaving. I could go into a great deal more about the technical and legal aspects of it, but there is little value in doing that here on this page. Suffice to say that what Mohamed Azzaoui did, meets the definition of kidnapping and Child Abduction under New Zealand law.

      By taking the children to a place where they are denied free movement (a requirement under the Vienna Convention) and separated from their mother who still has no contact with them after 45 days and then denying them the opportunity to return to their country of habitual residence, he has committed an act of child abduction.

      Mohamed HAS spoken in the media about this matter several times, those comments are a matter of public record. I and several others (Family Court Specialist Lawyers) that are highly experienced in Child Abduction agree that Mohamed Azzaoui has committed an act of Child Abduction.

      Yes, assistance was requested of MFAT New Zealand. But the amateurish manner in which the went about providing this assistance was the result of having no understanding at all of Algeria or North African culture or legislation. They did almost no research, wandered in without any prearranged appointments or meetings and then blindly tried to make sense of the situation they were sent to resolve. Who sent them and asked them to intervene is still being investigated.

      Minister McCully was already across the situation and there were plans already in place to assist Mihi and the children. These plans were halted because of the arrival of the New Zealand representatives. That was a mistake.

      It appears the Mihi Puriri is now ‘the meat in the sandwhich’ between Minister McCully and a department that is resisting performance appraisal and review. Of coure no one wants to lose their job and I sympathize with any Kiwi faced with job loss in these difficult financial times. But if they are unnecessary and wasting valuable tax payers dollars then go they must.

      There IS room for the New Zealand Government to move and that is underway at the moment. I can say no more on that matter. This matter MAY be better resolved via negotiation and mediation, but it takes the participation of both parties for this to work and at the moment Mohamed Azzaoui is recalcitrant.

      In my opinion based on my experience with MFAT New Zealand, a ‘shake up’ is long overdue.

    • Kia ora Noah. Your comments allow me the opportunity to clear up any misconceptions about the situation where they exist.

      Yes the NZ Government is being blamed for what happened in Mostaganem for good reason and that is because the Government, and here we are really talking about the diplomats based in Egypt, weren’t asked to directly involve themselves in Mostaganem or in Algeria for that matter.

      The family had made requests to MFAT to support an assistance plan which we had in place and which had been agreed. In fact Minister McCully was across and supported the initiatives we had in place, and this was the extent of MFAT involvement insofar as the family was concerned.

      However without prior consultation with the family,t he Egyptian based diplomats showed up unannounced in Algiers and unravelled the initiatives we had in place. I suspect that this is the real reason for the review into the events of Mostaganem.

      I have since written to MFAT specifically requesting answers to the following questions: Who authorised the diplomats to involve themselves in this matter; when was this decision made; and, why was this decision made? All fairly simple questions I would have thought.

      I am yet to receive a response from MFAT to these questions although I have made it very clear that I do not require the review to be completed for me to be given the answers.

      This is the basis for the family demanding Government involvement: that its representatives created the situation that Mihi and the children are now in and therefore have a responsibility to correct matters. Let’s be clear, the family is not asking the Government to help Mihi out of a situation that through the actions of her husband she and the children ended up in. The family already had that response in hand. The Government is instead being asked to rectify its own blunders.

      And there is plenty of room for Government involvement; we have that on good authority. We just need the NZ Government to step up to the mark and start listening.

      • Regarding the offence of kidnapping. No offence has been committed by Mohamed Azzaoui in Algeria so don’t expect to see any arrest warrants get issued there for the offences he committed in NZ.

        Strange as it may seem, Interpol will not take a complaint from Mihi over the phone or via video-conferencing. It needs to be in person. As they aren’t prepared to travel to Algiers to interview Mihi in person and Mihi is unable to leave Algiers this matter is unable to be progressed at this time. The family has tried to hammer this point hard but have been unable to get anywhere on it. So for the moment it sits on the side. Only for the moment though.

        Just to clear up any doubt as to why Mihi can’t leave Algeria at this point: to do so would jeopardise the proceedings that Mihi has initiated for the return of the children. In fact, if anything, Mihi is digging in for the long haul and is making arrangements for her long term stay in Algeria. With the support of the Algerian authorities we see no reason why her tourist visa won’t simply be renewed and renewed. This is the feedback we have been given and so far the support with which we have been provided has been consistently reliable.

        • Kia ora Hinemoa,

          Thanks for clearing those matters up. It’s starting to make sense now re: govt involvement. I would be doing exactly the same thing i.e. seeking an explanation for their actions and behaviour. It’s quite possible they acted that way after coming under pressure from the Minister’s office (to find a high-profile case and get a positive PR result. Not doing the homework, it backfired). The Minister has a reputation for throwing his weight around and leaving everyone else to clean up after him. But that’s just speculation on my part.

          Interpol tend to take their cues from the police authorities an alleged crime was deemed to have been committed in. If local police aren’t investigating, it’s hard for Interpol to act.

          I understand why Mihi can’t leave. My deepest sympathies to her. I will try and round up support for her through my networks. I have spent time in that part of the world. Algeria is a fascinating place. Its legal system reflects the deep tensions between modern law and traditional religious-based law. Even though Algerian women fought long and hard during the revolution that liberated the country from France, they’re still having to struggle for independence within their own society. Sadly, your kotiro and her tamariki got caught in it.

          The best of luck with everything. Stay strong, keep smiling – and don’t take your eyes off the prize 🙂 Noah

  5. Ka aroha Mihi raua ko tamariki, when you are at your darkest always remember the Lord is with you, the power of prayer is the most empowering feeling, speak to him always as he is always listening and watching, do not Lose faith or Hope stick to your Tikanga Mihi and know that our Wairua is surrounding you from all corners of this earth and through the cosmos. I know you ache for your pepi turn that into strength Mihi and feed it through your mind as your pepi will pick up on this – you remember that what you feel your tamariki do so stay strong for them as well as yourself. I know this is easier said than done but believe me it is true. Open your Heart and soul let those tears be tears of joy for you know that one day you shall be triumphant and come home with your pepi. Do not dwell on the evil that is being stamped upon you ignore it and smile in his presence. Blessed are those who seek justice in the eyes of the LORD –

    Na Liana

  6. Dear Mihi,
    Arohanui ki a koe!
    My heart goes out to you and your family. My only child is turning 1 soon and he’s everything to me. But to have 3 children taken from you and then knowing they are living in extremely poor conditions, i can only imagine the heartache you and your family have to cope with. I’m sure that you will keep fighting and do whatever it takes to get your babies back. I’d probably get new passports and kidnap them back too or even fight my way through if that’s what it took. I have heard of so many NZ women and women all around the world in these situations and I hope that your story and others are spread like wild fire to the hearts of everyone to create awareness and in time prevention of these things from occurring again.
    My advice to you would be to pray to Heavenly Father, with faith in the name of Jesus Christ to give you instruction, guidance, support, love and comfort etc to get you and your babies to safety. Even to ask to have the abductors heart softened. Even though it seems like a miracle, I know from experience that you can receive instruction, guidance, support, love and comfort instantaneously if you just ask.
    My prayers will be with you Mihi.
    Na Rangimaria

  7. Dear Rose,

    I agreewith you to a certain extent but it is the ALGERIAN government that the UN should punish through commercial deals….etc….ALGERIA have for a long time ignored mothers’ rights.

    They do not care there about the psychological aspect of the up bringing of the kids and it is always a man’s world ….Men have power and force it into the lives of women.

    I have been through what she lived and I can tell you that she needs to do like a Danish woman who kidnapped back her son to where she and him belong…I have seen that an Australian official have been acting right by going there on the scene and I say BRAVO and COURAGE..Algerian are shameful when they behave like that….regardless of any kind of religion or humanity…..but ALGERIA and the successive government ARE TO BLAME because they DO NOT PUNISH the CULPRIT so then other algerian man have the same ideas….who cares after all…it is just another stupid woman who should married within her community….I guess that’s what a lot of people think….but the reality is that this is called INTERNATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE….that’s all!!!!!

    GOD be with you….be strong …..and do not let him to put you down….your kids need you….God does not let a door closing before God opens ten doors…..

  8. Tena Koe Mihi

    First of all NZ government can help by supplying you with a form of income/benefit to sustain you while you’re there.
    Secondly the NZ government can also supply flight documents for you and your children.
    It’s dam impossible to fight a law system that favours the male, regardless females do not have equal rights (Muslim State)
    You need to pay someone to get the children back for you its such a poor country they will do anything for money.
    The NZ high commision should support you and your children get out of the country. Speed is the key, if your husband applies for their citizenship in his country your stuffed as it would be called kidnapping. Assuming they do not have citizenship there yet.
    If that has already been done dont give up get your kids and go to the NZ high commissiion and stay there until the NZ Government can commision ministerial intervention. Extreme but the only way to fight for Justice in a hostile country not covered under the geneva convention. Good Luck

    • Thank you Ladydi for your kind thoughts. An interesting idea re to hit the NZ Govt up for payment of a benefit to Mihi. Worth exploring I think given that it was the representatives of the NZ Govt who created the situation that Mihi and the children now find themselves in.

      Under Algeria’s laws the children are automatically deemed Algerian by right of birth given their father is Algerian. Nothing we can do can get around this fact.

      Whilst we are continuing to seek the support and assistance of the NZ Govt, the last thing we want to do is to allow the NZ diplomats to become involved in any operational matters concerning either Mihi and the children. It seems that they struggle enough with administrative matters in Algeria not to mention anything more complex. The events in Mostaganem on the 23rd February is evidence of that.

  9. When relationships between People of different backgrounds break down, there is more at stake than simply law, because fundimental belief and culture also have a place. Just as Mihi may see her childrens future with her, in her culture, so does their father, but instead of negotiating an arraingement with his wife and her People, he acted to decide the matter in his favour by taking them to his country. In his culture, and perhaps his religeon, children may belong with their father, if their father choses, because women have little capacity to support them. A womens reputation is crucial to the reputation of her family; she may not be allowed out of the house, to travel, or work, without permission or an escort, making life as a single mother impossible unless she has brothers or a father; her children would have no protection. But, until we know what the culture and belief of the father is, we have no way of knowing if his return home was for religeous or cultural reasons, or to distance himself from complying with justice. There are international agreements that require children involved in custody dispute to be returned to the country of origin while custody is decided, but Algeria must be a signitary for the agreement to be enforced. This dispute needs to be seen from a wider perspective than a dispute between husband and wife, it needs to be seen as a shared responsibility between the People of the father and People of the mother who can unite in the interest of providing a life of safety and appropriate care for the children. The father has put his case by removing the children, the wife has put hers, by doing all within her power to stay with them, to protect them, and to return them to what they recognise and understand as home. The children will be suffering deeply from the loss of their mother combined with the loss of the familiar and dear. And that is a point at which to begin, to address the application for visitation. Although negotiation must be at Government level, dialogue is crucial on all levels, community, and religeous, to bring the parties to a shared understanding beneficial to the process of deciding custody, and issues like living conditions for the children. Arohanui

    • Although the Algerian culture is largely paternalistic,the day to day custody of children is largely determined to be with the mother. The problem in Mihi’s case is that the children were physically prevented from leaving with Mihi. Kalashnikovs plus a crowd of 50 adults tend to have that effect!

      For most of the 6 months that Mihi and the children were abandoned in Algeria up to late February, Mihi’s husband Mohamed was largely out of Algeria whilst off travelling overseas, enjoying his international jet-setting lifestyle. It is yet to be fully revealed to the public how Mohamed managed to maintain an extraordinary number of extra-marital relationships with women, generally overlapping, both in New Zealand and overseas.

      Luring Mihi and the children over to Algeria on the pretext of a final visit to farewell his dying father, Mohamed effectively ‘kidnapped’ Mihi and the children by exploiting Mihi’s kind and generous nature. But it would be a mistake to regard Mohamed’s abduction of his children as an act of a loving father, devout to his religion and honoring his Algerian cultural roots desperately wanting to give his children the best opportunity of an authentically muslim upbringing.

      Mohamed actually hates Algeria and everything it stands for. He has become far too westernised to want to go back. He enjoys the freedom that the western lifestyle affords him and the ease with which he can navigate his way through and around women. This is why Mohamed spent so little time in Algeria once he abandoned his wife and children to the supervision of his family.

      Mohamed only returned to Algeria at the end of February following the events at Mostaganem. He has been trapped there ever since. He can’t leave whilst Mihi remains in Algeria as this would immediately enable Mihi through legal processes to regain the custody of the children. It’s a waiting game for Mohamed but he will be waiting a long time as Mihi isn’t going anywhere. She is settling in for the long haul and she will stay!

      So what is it about for Mohamed then if it isn’t about needing to be that hands-on parent who plays an active role in his kids lives on a day to day basis. This is the Mohamed who refused to get out of bed to take Mihi to hospital when Zakaria was on his way into the world. In my opinion, two things: Firstly, Mohamed is a charming sociopath. He cares little about Mihi but saw her as a means to an end, the ends being the NZ residency visa and then the NZ Citizenship. He is manipulative and controlling, charming and corrupt. This was about exerting his control over Mihi and then the children. Remember that this was a man who in Mostaganem confiscated and hid Mihi’s passport but then refused to give it back when he tried to ‘rid himself of her’. He didn’t want her around and then in the same breath refused her the means to leave! This is about his need to exert control!

      What is it about now, as time has moved on? For Mohamed it is about saving face with his family. Undoubtedly they do love the children and are frightened of losing custody of them! They are therefore putting pressure on Mohamed not to do anything which risks this. And so, Mohamed finds himself between a rock and a hard place, a place of his creation.

      Let’s remember that Mohamed married a Maori woman and sought to choose to live a ‘westernised’ life in NZ. This isn’t a case of cultural intolerance and misunderstanding. This her latest visit to Algeria was in fact Mihi’s 7th there with Mohamed. Mihi welcomed and incorporated the cultural and religious influences that accompanied Mohamed, but she did not convert to Islam, she never considered doing so and she was never asked to do so. Similarly Mohamed was not expected to shed his religious beliefs or cultural practices in favour of Mihi’s.

      Mohamed acted unconscionably by ‘kidnapping’ Mihi but this was no spur of the moment impulse decision by him as it later became evident that a great deal of planning and preparation had gone into the ruse. Mohamed comes to the negotiation/mediation table badly stained by a corrupted character. To suggest dialogue between Mihi and Mohamed as if this were simply a variation on the usual marital family breakdown situation ignores what Mohamed did to Mihi, what he did to his own children, what he was choosing to do with his own life galivanting around the world having abandoned his wife and family to the restricted confines of Algeria is inappropriate.

      Please show your support for our family to bring Mihi Puriri and her children home by visiting the following pages:
      http://www.mihipuriri.com/
      http://http://www.facebook.com/pages/Prayer-Page-for-Mihi-Puriri-and-her-children/341976229173310
      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Reunite-Mihi-Puriri-Children/257648520986205
      http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Mihi-Puriri-and-her-children-home/203826953057725

    • Although the Algerian culture is largely paternalistic,the day to day custody of children is largely determined to be with the mother. The problem in Mihis case is that the children were physically prevented from leaving with Mihi. Kalashnikovs plus a crowd of 50 adults tend to have that effect!

      For most of the 6 months that Mihi and the children were abandoned in Algeria up to late February, Mihis husband Mohamed was largely out of Algeria whilst off travelling overseas, enjoying his international jet-setting lifestyle. It is yet to be fully revealed to the public how Mohamed managed to maintain an extraordinary number of extra-marital relationships with women, generally overlapping, both in New Zealand and overseas.

      Luring Mihi and the children over to Algeria on the pretext of a final visit to farewell his dying father, Mohamed effectively kidnapped Mihi and the children by exploiting Mihis kind and generous nature. But it would be a mistake to regard Mohameds abduction of his children as an act of a loving father, devout to his religion and honoring his Algerian cultural roots desperately wanting to give his children the best opportunity of an authentically muslim upbringing.

      Mohamed actually hates Algeria and everything it stands for. He has become far too westernised to want to go back. He enjoys the freedom that the western lifestyle affords him and the ease with which he can navigate his way through and around women. This is why Mohamed spent so little time in Algeria once he abandoned his wife and children to the supervision of his family.

      Mohamed only returned to Algeria at the end of February following the events at Mostaganem. He has been trapped there ever since. He cant leave whilst Mihi remains in Algeria as this would immediately enable Mihi through legal processes to regain the custody of the children. Its a waiting game for Mohamed but he will be waiting a long time as Mihi isnt going anywhere. She is settling in for the long haul and she will stay!

      So what is it about for Mohamed then if it isnt about needing to be that hands-on parent who plays an active role in his kids lives on a day to day basis. This is the Mohamed who refused to get out of bed to take Mihi to hospital when Zakaria was on his way into the world. In my opinion, two things: Firstly, Mohamed is a charming sociopath. He cares little about Mihi but saw her as a means to an end, the ends being the NZ residency visa and then the NZ Citizenship. He is manipulative and controlling, charming and corrupt. This was about exerting his control over Mihi and then the children. Remember that this was a man who in Mostaganem confiscated and hid Mihis passport but then refused to give it back when he tried to rid himself of her. He didnt want her around and then in the same breath refused her the means to leave! This is about his need to exert control!

      What is it about now, as time has moved on? For Mohamed it is about saving face with his family. Undoubtedly they do love the children and are frightened of losing custody of them! They are therefore putting pressure on Mohamed not to do anything which risks this. And so, Mohamed finds himself between a rock and a hard place, a place of his creation.

      Lets remember that Mohamed married a Maori woman and sought to choose to live a westernised life in NZ. This isnt a case of cultural intolerance and misunderstanding. This her latest visit to Algeria was in fact Mihis 7th there with Mohamed. Mihi welcomed and incorporated the cultural and religious influences that accompanied Mohamed, but she did not convert to Islam, she never considered doing so and she was never asked to do so. Similarly Mohamed was not expected to shed his religious beliefs or cultural practices in favour of Mihis.

      Mohamed acted unconscionably by kidnapping Mihi but this was no spur of the moment impulse decision by him as it later became evident that a great deal of planning and preparation had gone into the ruse. Mohamed comes to the negotiation/mediation table badly stained by a corrupted character. To suggest dialogue between Mihi and Mohamed as if this were simply a variation on the usual marital family breakdown situation ignores what Mohamed did to Mihi, what he did to his own children, what he was choosing to do with his own life galivanting around the world having abandoned his wife and family to the restricted confines of Algeria is inappropriate.

  10. Dear Mihi,

    Powerless against that man. Weeping in desperation as your children endure hardship. My heart goes out to you. I hope the government does something for you. Kidnapping is a criminal act and should be treated as such. Its as if the strongest, the most corrupt, the richest, the worst win these days. Our government, our New Zealand government supports criminals by not doing anything, and admit their own powerlessness. I hope you are back home with your children very soon.

    Best wishes, Rose

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