Unlike the Hollywood movie “Not Without My Daughter” starring Sally Field, there was no happy ending for this Canadian woman who married a Muslim from Libya and gave birth to two daughters.
After a few years of living as a faithful Muslim in Libya, Stephanie grew detached from the faith and concerned about her daughters being raised in such a restrictive and oppressive context. In 2011, Stephanie and her husband left their residence in Libya for a short trip to see her father in Canada. When safely out of Libya en route to an airport in a neighboring country, her husband unveiled his plan for her: he would never allow her to even visit her daughters again unless she gave up her Canadian custody of the kids. She refused.