One mum shares her heartache and not having her children home on Christmas.

Sally Faulkner shares her pain of not being able to spend this Christmas with her two children this year. She claims they were abducted and taken to live in Lebanon by her ex-husband.

The openly raw piece in the Daily Telegraph on Thursday reads…

If we could all have our wishes come true in this life what would yours be?

I know what mine would be. I’d wish for you both to come back to me.

You see your daddy made a decision to take me out of your lives completely more than six months ago when he took you on a ‘holiday’ to his home in Lebanon, and never brought you back. Since then things have gone from bad to worse, with all contact between us having been cut off.

Your daddy and I have not been in a great place for a while but when we parented together I felt you both had a better start in this life than many children in the world today.

Together, your daddy and I made a promise that we would always make things work and continue on our selfless journey of parenthood together from the moment we laid eyes on you both. The hardest thing for me is to forgive myself for believing this promise and trusting him, because now you are left without your mummy around.

I wish I could turn back time.

My life has been full of wishes and to say I’ve been blessed up until this nightmare began is a very truthful statement.

That memory of your births will never leave me. When I first laid my eyes on you both I couldn’t quite understand how your daddy and I had created such perfect little people from scratch. Even to this moment this memory still brings tears to my eyes.

A parent’s love reaches above and beyond anything else we as humans feel. My love for you both has always been my strength and my passion has always been to ensure you are both happy and safe.

So right now, I wish I could hug you both like I used to whenever either of you were having a bad day, because I feel these days aren’t the best ones for any of us.

You are my best friends, my laughter, my reason for believing in true love and most of all you are both my reason for living. I wake up every morning with the hope that my wishes come true and that my only wish for Christmas is to have you both come home.

This Christmas will be empty without your morning cuddles and shrieks of excitement. It will not be the same without your laughter and conversations echoing through the house.

To all the mothers and fathers reading this who have been alienated from their children — don’t ever give up hope, one day the truth will be known.

To my own beautiful children, I hope to see you both very soon and I hope your daddy has a change of heart. We are all human and humans make mistakes and sometimes anger can cloud our judgment.

Your dad is a good man deep down and I will never say a bad word about him even though he has been so cruel in his actions. I know the only people hurt by horrible statements and accusations in all this mess will be the two little people who matter the most.

Some day you will both grow older and some day you may come across these stories and letters and wonder why?

I truly believe your memories of me as your mother and all the wonderful things we did in that short time will stay with you until you are old enough to find the answers for yourself.

So for now my wish will stay as it is, until I see those glimmering big brown eyes and hear your beautiful voices.

Merry Christmas to my much loved and immeasurably missed children,

Love, Mum.

It has been eights months since Sally  last saw daughter Lahela, 5, and two-year-old son Noah. She was told during a Skype call with her ex-husband: ‘By the way, plans have changed – the kids aren’t coming back.’

‘It’s literally like a living hell,’ Ms Faulkner told Daily Mail Australia in October.

“I’m desperate to hear Lahela’s voice, to hold Noah’s precious hands – to tell them both mummy loves and misses them terribly,” she said.

“It is a parent’s worst nightmare. There is no real light at the end of the tunnel.”

Sob* I now can’t see to type anymore. I feel so sad for this mum. Hug your kids tight people.

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  • If you are raising your kids together or if you are living apart but sharing custody and working together with the children then you need to be thankful and appreciate how lucky you are.


  • Terribly sad story – how many more are there who don’t speak out?


  • How sad is this story hope she gets her kids back one day


  • I hope she gets her kids back sooner rather than later. This is devastating.


  • What a sad situation. I wish there was more that can be done. I hope she gets her kids back.


  • What a sad story. Hope it has a happy ending at some point in the near future…


  • The horrible thing is this happens so often and very little can be done. I hope that you get your babies back


  • Stay strong as you know situations change & I pray they will change for you & your beautiful children


  • This is so sad and something that is happening a little too frequently in marriages of mixed citizenship. We get married and have children thinking it will be forever. I am so sad that this Mother has had her children taken from her and the fight she will now have to try and get them back. It is not right. He has no right to do this to those children. To deprive them of their Mother. That is not a Father’s love.


  • I’m trying to imagine how it would be like if my husband would take off with the kids….one thing I know, my world would fall apart !! What pain it must be for this mum, so heartbreaking ! Bless her, that she’s able to say that her ex-husband is a good man and that she wouldn’t say anything wrong about him. I hope and pray with her that he’ll come back and she’ll have her babies in her arms again !


  • It is dreadful that this happens so often, and so little is done.


  • wow that is heartbreaking. my gosh that poor women. i could hear her pain. i hope that they are re-united soon.


  • This happens way to often!


  • What a sad story! I hope too that the father will change his mind and bring the kids back to their mum. :-(


  • Children whereever possible should be able to have two parents (unless there are serious issues such as abuse,neglect or other reasons that it is impossible). I as a mature parent left my husband because we were not compatable, but our children (now adults and happy) have contact with both of us. I never went for legal custody or took court actin at all (my youngest son was then 13years of age) I worked in Welfare at timesand saw the damage fighting over who child should be with, not acceptable unless dire reason for custody to be given to one parent. My older son was out of home (20 years old) so not an issue, but told my syounger son he could chose,he stayed with me, mostly when young but was not made to chose. Our adult seperation was not our childrens responsibility. I did not recieve maintenance but chose this as my solution to what I had seen in the course of my work and other fmilies where child was used as and emotional or financial pawn, in an unequal adult world. I am proud to say both my son’s Have good careers and sound relationships. Separation can be devistating for children (and all concerned). I am now on reflection glad I did what I did, financially I am not as sound as my ex but glad my children have contact with both of us. We all have rights including children. So this story was very distressing to me and not OK. Trauma for all. I hope something is done to rectify this matter.Where possible this is of utmost importance, that where possible access is agreed upon. Feelings go out to the mother as her children been abducted and taken out of the country, devastating to say least. Hope that this issue is rectied by legal measures if necceasary, hopefully without too much unneccesary angst


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