Despite the horrifying true story of an American woman and her daughter trapped in Iran by her Muslim husband, portrayed in the 1991 film starring Sally Field, Not Without My Daughter, an Australian woman suffered a similar experience after marrying an Egyptian Muslim man and taking her daughter to visit his family in Egypt.
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60 Minutes reports the terrible plight of two Australian citizens: Amaal Finn and her young daughter Zareen, who were trapped in Cairo for nearly three years by her Egyptian Muslim husband who remained in Australia.
Amaal Yasmin Finn, 37, and her seven-year-old daughter Zareen had been trapped in Egypt since the child’s Egyptian-born father, Mazen Hassan Baioumy, had the ban imposed in 2013. Ms Finn has said she was tricked by Mr Baioumy into signing documents in Arabic, which she could not read, believing they would grant her Egyptian residency.
Instead, the ban, with Zareen’s name registered on an official immigration list, prevented the child from leaving the country with her mother who had been cleared to travel. After almost three years of legal action, an Egyptian appeals court handed down its verdict on February 24 clearing the way for the child to leave Egypt.
Amaal revealed to Daily Mail Australia that she and her daughter have been living in hiding after repeated death threats from her ex-husband’s family.
h/t Mary TC