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Saudi Arabia not the only country holding U.S. citizens

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Submitted by Jacqueline Ekladyous (United States), Feb 28, 2003 at 14:07

Jordan also will not release U.S. born children abducted by their father either. My Aunt had her children taken back in 1993 while she was at work. Her husband took all money available purchased plane tickets for himself and 3 small children and was gone before she came home from work. She has since divorced him gained custody in the U.S. courts of all 3 children and can't get them back.

It will be 10 years this spring since she has seen her children. At the time they were 6, 4 and 1 1/2. The younger two barely know who she is. She has contact by phone only. Yes, they have told her she can come and visit them any time she wants. Only problem with that is, that by their laws her ex-husband can have her placed under-arrest. She risks being thrown in prison if she steps foot in Jordan.
Something needs to be done here for these American citizens. They are only children and can't do anything to prevent or help themselves. We need to speak out on their behalf, for all the children every where being held against their will. It needs to stop!
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