Mum's Fight To Find Daughter After She Is Kidnapped By Dad For Second Time

02/05/2012 12:41 | Updated 22 May 2015
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A mum is fighting to be reunited with her little girl after she was kidnapped by her father for a SECOND time.

Mum Leila Sabra is beside herself with worry after her five year-old daughter A'ishah's dad failed to return her after a routine custody visit.

Leila, from Bury, Greater Manchester, had already suffered the heartache of losing her daughter after she was snatched by her dad in 2009.

And even when the youngster was returned to her, Leila was told she would have to live in Egypt to stay with her little girl to allow her dad access.

But now she has another fight to find and get A'ishah returned to her. Leila says A'ishah's Egyptian father Saber Mesbah Sabra has refused to return her after an access visit almost three months ago.

After struggling to get help from the police and courts in Egypt, which she says are in chaos following the revolution, Leila has returned to Greater Manchester to seek help from the Government.

A'ishah is believed to be at her father's home in the mountain village of Khafr-el-Sheikh.

"I cannot believe this has happened again, I am terrified something will happen to A'ishah as Egypt is not a safe place at the moment," Leila told the Manchester Evening News.

"Although I won custody the courts refused to let us leave Egypt and I had to accept custody visits, but since the revolution the whole country has been in chaos.

"Initially my ex-husband refused to return A'ishah but I spoke to her on the phone every day and I visited her once.

"She was unhappy and crying for me to take her home but he would not let me. I can't bear to be apart from her like this."

A'ishah was first taken by her father in 2009. Leila's eight-month battle to get her daughter back, which was supported by Coronation Street stars, her MP Ivan Lewis and the Foreign Office, ended when she won custody in the courts.

She then made a life in Cairo, where A'ishah attended a British school.

MP Ivan Lewis told the newspaper: "It is absolutely tragic to hear that this situation is back to square one.

"We need to do everything possible to intervene with the Egyptian authorities to ensure A'ishah's safe return to her mother as soon as possible."

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are aware of a consular case in Egypt and are providing consular assistance."

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