New Request for Support

Good morning all,
If you’ve been following the Return US Home web and facebook pages, you are aware that we are making new strides in advocating for the return of Eslam and Zainab, as well as for Bakr Hizi (2). Our fight, however, is not over yet. I continue to appreciate and rely on your support to see our endeavors through to victory.

On Monday, April 23 @ 12:30 we are hosting a new rally at the Tunisian embassy (in Washington, DC) to shed light on our case, and the case of Zineb Nabaoui, whose son, Bakr, was abducted in early March of this year.  I invite you to both join the rally, and to share and distribute the flyer amongst your various online and local/religious communities.  As you know, our message is mightier in numbers!

I also need your help in contacting the media.  This time, I am not providing links to any specific outlets, but ask that you please forward the latest press release to any media contacts you may have personally.

Additionally, we have been in touch with a number of political leaders both in the U.S. and in Tunisia to solicit support of our efforts to ensure the rights of left-behind parents in the face of future abductions.  I will be asking for further support of this effort in a future message.

Presently, our greatest need is your presence at the rally, and your financial support.  I am not a fundraiser by nature, but the cost of living in Tunisia, traveling to see the kids, and obtaining translations of legal and official documents are taking a toll. Any amount you may be willing to contribute to Return US Home will go far in helping to offset these expenses.  While Return US Home is not yet a 501 (c) 3 organization, it is my understanding that any contribution may be recorded as a “gift” for tax purposes (please consult a tax professional for clarification).  For those who’ve already contributed, thank you letters are far overdue, but will be coming shortly.  Know that your support has made a tremendous difference!

Eslam and Zainab are doing well. They are both growing more anxious about spending time with their mommy.  We continue to see each other almost daily at the house of their grandparents. I am still only allowed to bring one child at a time to my home at present.  The three of us appreciate this time, but are growing weary of not being able to be together freely. I remain faithful that this will all change very soon. Despite the circumstances, both children continue to amaze me almost daily. Their spirit, intellect and personalities are an exhilarating experience that perhaps only a mother can truly understand. Those of you who know them personally are aware of their special nature. I thank God every day that I am blessed to be the mother of such awesome kids!

We will be in court again on April 24, and look forward to receiving a first determination on our equivalency case within a few weeks.  I will surely keep you all up-to-date.

In the meantime, the present focus is the rally on April 23.

All the best,
Edeanna

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Flyer: Rally for Justice and Human Rights: Bring our babies home – April 23 @ 12:30pm

Please circulate the flyer and press release to your online and local/religious communities.  Feel free (i.e. PLEASE DO) to download, print, and distribute within the local DC area.

Join us on April 23, 2012 as we march in solidarity to demand that Tunisia stand up for the rights of these children and denounce the growing trend of abductions.  There is no democracy without human rights, and ensuring the rights of the helpless and innocent are paramount in the eyes of justice.

United, we will make a difference!

 

Flyer, Rally for Justice and Human Rights – Bring our Babies Home, April 23 @ 12:30pm

Two Local Mothers Unite to Bring Their Kidnapped Children Home

Two Local  Mothers Unite to Bring Their Kidnapped Children Home

For Immediate Release –  Washington, DC – Return US Home

On Monday, April 23, 2012 at 12:30pm, Return US Home will march on the Tunisian Embassy in Washington, DC.  This rally will support two local mothers’ efforts to get their kidnapped children back home.

The “Rally for Justice and Human Rights: Bring Our Babies Home” is a call for Tunisian authorities to return American children, Eslam (5) and Zainab Chebbi (3), and Bakr Hizi(2) to their homes in the USA.  Zineb Nabaoui, Bakr’s mother, will be at the rally, but Mrs. Johnson-Chebbi is in Tunisia, fighting to bring her children home.

On November 11, 2011, Mrs. Johnson-Chebbi’s abusive ex-husband, Faical Chebbi, abducted their two small children, Eslam and Zainab, to his native Tunisia.  Despite pre-existing protective orders, including one not to remove either child from the United States; and a mutually signed legal separation agreement granting Johnson-Chebbi full legal and physical custody of the two children, Mr. Chebbi obtained passports for the children from the Tunisian embassy.

On March 6, 2012, Mrs. Nabaoui’s also abusive ex-husband, Adel Hizi – and a native Tunisian – kidnapped their son Bakr in the exact same manner.  Mr. Chebbi and Mr. Hizi had been known associates in the U.S. and their similar kidnappings illustrate a dangerous, growing trend.

“This is the fourth abduction from the US to Tunisia since August 2011 that I know of,” Mrs. Johnson-Chebbi said. “Faical gloated almost a month prior to Bakr’s abduction that someone else would commit this despicable act. If I’d known any more details, I would have done anything to stop it,” she said.

Return US Home says, “We are heartened by Representative Chris Smith (Rep-NJ)’s and the House Committee of Foreign Affairs’ proposed bill, HR 1940.”  “This bill encouraged me to see a light at the end of this tunnel,” added Johnson-Chebbi.  “The powers it gives the President in response to any country harboring abducted U.S. citizens are a left-behind parent’s dream!”

Because there are not yet any mutual conventions between the U.S. and Tunisia, Return US Home has developed a proposed agreement that, if supported, would aid the return of abducted American children.

Return US Home invites supporters to join the rally on Monday, April 23 at 12:30pm.

Further details on ways to support the efforts of Return US Home may be found at: www.returnushome.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/returnushome

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Contact: Édeanna Johnson-Chebbi
Cell: 202-505-1532
Email: returnushome@gmail.com
www.returnushome.wordpress.com

Rally for Justice and Human Rights: Bring our babies home! April 23, 2012 at 12:30pm (Tunisian Embassy)

Meet us in front of the Tunisian Embassy on April 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm.
(address: 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005)

Bring your voice, bring your signs!
Support the effort to bring home abducted babies Eslam (5) and Zainab (3) Chebbi, and recently abducted Bakr (2). Further details to be shared shortly.

Since November of 2011, 3 families have been victimized by the act of international child abduction from the MD/DC/VA area to Tunisia (that have been brought to our attention).  Stand up to the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the members of the Tunisian Consulate; join us in demanding the democratic protection of human rights and the return of US children wrongfully-removed with the aid of old regime practices at the Tunisian Embassy!

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