Hi All!

Here we go again! This round is urgent and very necessary. Please utilize any and all means available to share this request and to ensure that Senator McCain receives it (i.e. if you have personal contacts within his administration, please utilize them!).

Senator McCain is scheduled to be in Tunisia for meetings beginning next week. I just learned of this yesterday.  Therefore, any hopes of him bringing our case up to the various members of the Tunisian government with whom he’ll meet rest on the impact of this effort.

Thank you in advance!



Please sign the message below and then copy and send via any or all of these means:



2.  Tweet the following:  @senjohnmccain – Advocate for U.S. citizens, Eslam and Zainab Chebbi, while in Tunis, Tunisia:

3. Print, sign, and fax a copy to:

DC office: 202-228-2862

AZ office: 602-952-8702


February 17, 2012

Dear Senator McCain,

It has come to my attention that you will soon be traveling to Tunis, Tunisia.  I am writing to you regarding concerns about the status of two U.S. citizens (Eslam Chebbi, age 5, and Zainab Chebbi, age 3) who were kidnapped on November 11, 2011 by their father to Tunisia.  Their mother, Édeanna Johnson-Chebbi, has been fighting for her children’s return since she learned of their abduction on November 12, 2011.

Édeanna is presently in Tunis working through the Tunisian court systems for the right to return to the U.S. with her two children.  Although Édeanna had sole legal and physical custody of the children at the time of abduction, and now has Federal and State warrants for the father’s arrest; court orders for the safe and immediate return of the children; and a signed confession in the Tunisian courts by the children’s father stating that he did abduct the children, Édeanna continues to battle for their return.

The State Department has been working with Édeanna within their capacity to encourage the return of Eslam and Zainab through diplomatic means.  Additionally, Senator Mikulski personally addressed the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with her concerns over the abduction and encouraging the safe and immediate return of Eslam and Zainab to the United States.

As Tunisia is not a signatory to the Hague Conventions, diplomatic and political pressure continue to be necessary and vital to ensure that the Tunisian government remain aware of and concerned about the outcome of this case.

Senator McCain, I request that you add your voice to those of the State Department and Senator Mikulski in advocating for the safe return of Eslam and Zainab Chebbi.  As a member of Congress, Édeanna has authorized the State Department to provide any and all information regarding this case to you.  Her case number is: OCS 2011 319 2852.  Additionally, details of her advocacy efforts and further background may be found at:

Édeanna may be reached at any time via the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia, or at

I appreciate your personal concern for the safety and status of Eslam and Zainab, and look forward to hearing of your efforts on their behalf.


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