Second Call to Action: December

Hi all,

I need your help to get the media’s attention! Please copy and paste the Press Release below, per the instructions and help us get the word out! It will make a TREMENDOUS difference! Thank you!


On Facebook, simply copy the entire article from top to bottom, and paste on the following walls:

Leon Harris via FB, Post to wall: Link to Leon

Kris Van Cleave via FB, Post to wall: Link to Kris

Cynné Simpson via FB, Post to wall: Link to Cynne

Donnie Simpson via FB, Post to wall: Link to Donnie

Matt Lauer via FB, Post to wall:Link to Matt

Doreen Gentzler via FB, Post to wall:Link to Doreen

Fox 5 via FB, Post to wall:Link to Fox

The Washington Post via FB, Post to wall: Link to WashingtonPost

The Washington Times via FB, Post to wall:Link to WashingtonTimes


Via EMAIL, simply copy the entire article from top to bottom, and paste in the body of your email. Then, copy each email address and past in the To: field and send!

NBC 4 (email) –

WUSA 9 (email) –

Here’s the text to copy and paste:

Local Mother Accuses Tunisian Embassy of Enabling Kidnapping of Her Small Children

For Immediate Release –  Washington, DC — Return US Home

On Monday, December 5, 2011 at 12 noon, a rally will be held at the Embassy of Tunisia in Washington, DC.  The event, organized by Return US Home, will send the message “No. Never Again!” as supporters walk in solidarity with a local American woman, Édeanna Chebbi.

On November 11, 2011, Mrs. Chebbi’s ex-husband, Faical Chebbi, abducted their two small children, Eslam (5) and Zainab (2.5), to his country of origin, Tunisia.  A few months prior to the abduction, Mrs. Chebbi met with an official at the Tunisian embassy and was given an assurance that her now ex-husband would not be able to obtain passports for their children without her permission, as it would violate U.S. law.  A file was created at the embassy in Mr. Chebbi’s name containing copies of former protective orders, and a legal separation agreement granting her full legal and physical custody of their two children.

Despite the embassy’s assurances, Mr. Chebbi was provided with passports for both children.  The mother claims that the embassy’s actions disregarded U.S. custody laws and allowed her ex-husband to kidnap the minors.

Mr. Chebbi now resides with Eslam and Zainab in Tunis, Tunisia at the home of Abdallah and Mbarka Chebbi.  He claims he will not return the children to the United States.  Instead, he intends to raise the children in his parents’ home in Tunis.

Because Tunisia is not a signatory to the Hague, or any such international agreements, they are not required to comply with U.S. laws.  Additionally, the laws in Tunisia dictate that regardless of custody rights, children are not allowed to leave the country without their father’s consent.

Mrs. Chebbi has been in communication with the Tunisian Ambassader, Mr. Salah Tekaya, and with the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, most recently headed by Mr. Mohammed Mouldi Kefi.  She has made it clear to the Ambassador that she holds the embassy responsible for aiding and supporting the kidnapping of her children.

In a recent email correspondence, Mrs. Chebbi wrote: “There are many more who fear the same plight in their own domestic circumstances where abusive spouses threaten to use your embassy’s loose and unconcerned policies to allow them to break U.S. laws and illegally abduct children to Tunisia.  I believe you have a duty to respect and uphold the laws of the country in which your embassy resides.”

In a meeting with the First Secretary, Yessine Salah, last week, Mrs. Chebbi was informed that embassy staff could not consider investigating every request for passports they receive, because it would simply take too much time.

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Contact: Édeanna Chebbi

Cell: 202-505-1532


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