In Gironde, a father’s fight to recover his daughter kidnapped by her mother – Liberation


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Saminou Nioka fears for the safety of Shaya, now in Egypt, of which he has sole custody. A file that has many gray areas because his daughter could not leave the territory without authorization.

“A nightmare.” On July 31, Saminou Nioka’s life changed. In the middle of the school holidays, this 37-year-old man living in Villenave-d’Ornon (Gironde) learns that his 6-year-old daughter, Shaya, has just been kidnapped by his ex-wife and mother of the child. Too late to start research in France. When he notices it, when he comes to pick her up at the “meeting point”, they are already on another continent, in Cairo, in Egypt. The beginning of a long period of wandering for this father who has however sole custody of his daughter since 2017.

Saminou Nioka’s daily life has since been reduced to phone calls to his lawyer, court appointments and hundreds of letters, emails and text messages sent to the prefecture, the consulate and even the President of the Republic. From time to time, he manages to contact Shaya by video, depending on the mood of the fugitive mother. A few minutes of happiness “increasingly harsh” but that he cherishes, so much “they can be random”. At the same time, the 30-year-old multiplies calls for help to “get answers” on this dossier, which has many gray areas. Her biggest question: how could a child obtain a passport despite a ban on leaving the territory (IST) without the authorization of her father and pronounced precisely to avoid…

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