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Calgarians write letters to bring missing kids back from Kurdistan

Alison Azer’s four children allegedly being held by ex-husband

Elizabeth Van Egteren has helped launch a letter writing campaign to the government, asking for help to bring her sister’s children home

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Elizabeth Van Egteren has helped launch a letter writing campaign to the government, asking for help to bring her sister’s children home

Friends and family of Alison Azer – the Canadian woman who’s four children were allegedly abducted by her ex-husband and taken to the Middle East this summer – have begun a letter writing campaign asking for the Canadian government’s intervention.

“We are asking – pleading – people to sign letters to get the government's attention to work with the Kurdistan regional government and negotiate to get our children home,” said Azer’s sister, Elizabeth Van Egteren, who spent the weekend at the Market at Macleod asking Calgarians to sign letters, which will be sent to government representatives.

Other campaigns have been started in St. Albert and Vancouver.

Azer has been in Kurdistan since October trying to get the children back – her ex-husband has allegedly refused to release them. The four children were legally allowed to travel to France and Germany with their father in early August, but were reported missing when they did not return as scheduled.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of their father Saran Azer.

The four children have also been listed as missing on Interpol’s website.

Earlier this month, family members said Azer had managed to locate her children.

“It’s every mother’s nightmare to have to experience something like this,” said Melanie Sharpe, Azer’s childhood friend.

“The family is very strong; they’ve been working tirelessly. The support that she has, it’s been amazing.

“They’ve turned from her children, to our children. They’re our children, and we need to bring them home.”
Egteran said her sister is a phenomenal mother.

“She’s absolutely adored by her friend’s children – her children are crazy about her. She’s smart, she’s bright and she’s amazingly strong. She’s a warrior mother.”

Egteran said people can find letter templates and follow updates through the Facebook page Bring Alison’s 4 Kids Home.

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