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Mum whose six-year-old daughter was kidnapped takes fight to Downing Street
A Whitefield mother has taken her fight to be reunited with her six-year-old daughter to the steps of 10 Downing Street.
Leila Sabra has not seen her daughter, A’ishah, for two and a half years after the little girl was kidnapped by her ex-husband in Egypt for the second time.
She walked 175 miles from Cannock in Birmingham, arriving at Downing Street on Tuesday to hand in a 7,500-strong petition.
The petition calls on the government to become more pro-active in child abduction cases, and for tighter laws to be made on passports.
Leila completed the journey with Sean Felton from Staffordshire, whose son Jobe was snatched by his former partner and taken to the jungles of Thailand.
Mr Felton eventually tracked down his son and has since founded Abducted Angels, a group to support other parents who are separated from their children.
Leila, aged 36, said: “We were really lucky to get in and hand in our petition.
“We want to see the government be more pro-active in cases like mine.”
A’ishah was born at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester and the family moved to Egypt soon after.
The relationship broke down and Leila returned home, agreeing that their daughter would visit once a year.
A’ishah was two years old when she first went missing in May, 2009, while on a visit with her father, Saber Mesbah Sabra, in the resort of Hurghada.
She was reunited with her mother in January 2010 after an eight-month custody battle.
However A’ishah was taken again when her father imposed a travel ban which prevented them from leaving the country.
Leila is urging the government to get involved, and says their intervention could help bring A’ishah home.
She added: “The first time I got her back Ivan Lewis — Bury South MP and then Foreign Office Minister — got involved and I got her back within two weeks.
“I am sure one phone call from the government would help to get my daughter back.”
Leila says it is a constant struggle and that it is heartbreaking to carry on without her daughter.
“I live in constant mourning without her.
“My ex-husband doesn’t have her, as he has given her away because he has a new wife and new children.
“He kidnapped her for revenge when I divorced him.”
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