Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

French mother reunited with daughter taken by jihadi father  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - The Peninsula - 04/09/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - The Peninsula) A young French mother whose two-year-old daughter was smuggled out of the country by her father and reportedly taken to jihadist centres in Syria, arrived home yesterday after they were reunited in Turkey.

Meriam Rhaiem, 25, made headlines in March when she appealed to French authorities to recognise her baby girl as "the youngest French hostage", months after her husband failed to bring little Assia home and took her to Turkey instead.

He had called his wife regularly and asked her to come and join them, telling her that he planned to cross into Syria with their daughter to join the Al-Nusra Front, which is Al-Qaeda's official Syrian affiliate.

"It's a moment of great emotion with the arrival of Meriam Rhaiem and her daughter Assia, after months of waiting," said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, who met mother and daughter as they arrived at Villacoublay air base outside Paris. He noted "the trials this young woman has endured, fighting hard for the return of her daughter who was kidnapped in circumstances which aren't clear".

Rhaiem, holding her child in a beige blanket and flanked by her lawyer who was also on the plane from Turkey, made no comment upon her arrival. The father was arrested last weekend with 28-month-old Assia in Turkey, where he is still being held, a ministry source said.

Rhaiem, who lives in eastern France, had said she was certain her French husband, whom she is divorcing and who is wanted under an international arrest warrant, was in Syria where he was seeking to join jihadists.

Speaking to RTL radio on Tuesday, she said she had saved her daughter "from Syrian hell". Cazeneuve told French radio yesterday that the father "had taken this child into the theatre of jihadist operations in Syria", adding she was "in danger every day". He paid tribute to "a brave mother (who) decided to get her child back".

According to Rhaiem's lawyer Gabriel Versini-Bullara, her husband had become radicalised after visiting Makkah, asking her to wear the veil, criticising her for working and banning her from playing music to Assia.

According to official estimates, around 800 French nationals or residents - including several dozen women - have travelled to Syria, returned from the conflict-ridden country or plan to go there.

 


The Peninsula




  MENA News Headlines
 Nov 29 2014 - Qatar's Airport City's project awards possible in 2 yearsMENAFN
(MENAFN) Official said that tenders to award contracts for the construction of Qatar's ambitious Airport City project will not be possible before the 2016-end, The Peninsula Qatar reported.Chairman ...

 Nov 29 2014 - Emirates to fly A380 to 3 European, US routesMENAFN
(MENAFN) Emirates Airlines announced that it is placing the Airbus A380 onto three of its routes into the US and Europe as of next week, Gulf News reported.Emirates' existing daily Dubai to San ...

 Nov 29 2014 - Abu Dhabi Airport handles 1.68m passengers in OctoberMENAFN
(MENAFN) The number of passengers travelling through Abu Dhabi International Airport increased 17.4 percent to 1.68 million in October over a year earlier, Gulf News reported.The latest data released ...

 Nov 29 2014 - Lebanese 'giant of poetry' Said Aql dead at 102The Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Lebanese poet Said Aql, whose work was loved by Arab readers but who hated Arabism so much that he invented a latinised version of the Lebanese dialect, died yesterday aged ...

 Nov 29 2014 - Qatar- FIA Prize-giving ceremony to be held in new formatThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The prestigious annual FIA Prize-giving ceremony, which honours the achievements of all FIA champions over the past season, will be held here on December 5. This year's ...

 Nov 29 2014 - US- Eagles, Seahawks, Lions dominate on ThanksgivingThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Mark Sanchez threw for one touchdown and ran for another and the Philadelphia Eagles seized sole possession of first place with a 33-10 rout of the Dallas Cowboys on ...

 Nov 29 2014 - Tunisia- Anti-Israel protestThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Tunisian protesters burn Israeli flag during a rally to show their solidarity with Palestinians, in Tunis, yesterday. ...

 Nov 29 2014 - Bahrian- Show of solidarityThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Leading Shia clergyman Seyyed Mohammed AlGuraifi addressing crowds at an event expressing solidarity with Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim (not pictured), Bahrain's top Shia ...

 Nov 29 2014 - Egypt crackdown adds to Gaza woesThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Already struggling under the weight of an Israeli blockade, Gazans are now feeling the effects of an Egyptian exclusion zone along their shared border that has sent prices ...

 Nov 29 2014 - Qatar- School celebrates Annual DayThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) K C Abdul Latheef (left), President, Managing Committee, Shantiniketan Indian School, presents a memento to Dr Abdul Salam Ahmed, Managing Director, Media One, in the ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help