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Mum's emotional reunion with 'abducted' kids

17/12/2012 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter
Emotional reunion ... Mum-of-two Beatra Muzabazi

A ZIMBABWEAN-born Toronto mum-of-two broke down in tears on Monday as she paid tribute to authorities who made possible the safe return of her two children after they were “kidnapped” by relatives back home.

Beatra Muzabazi - divorced - thanked Canadian and Zimbabwean authorities for the return of her angels Shane, 5, and his sister Renee, 7.

Tears tricked down her face as she spoke into a cluster of microphones, with cameras rolling from all ends at a news conference.

“Thank you very much for everything, you made it possible for me to be with my children for Christmas,” said an emotional Muzabazi.

The National Post of Canada reports that Muzabazi’s anguish got the attention of authorities in Sept when she called police with concerns that her children - who had been in Zimbabwe since April for summer holidays with extended family - would not be allowed to return.

The Canadian-born kids had previously made several similar visits to Zimbabwe without incident, said Const. Shari Nevills, of 22 Division’s Family Violence Unit.

“I don’t think Muzabazi thought for a minute that this would happen,” Nevills said.

The children were said to have been placed in a Zimbabwean boarding school and denied to return by family members. It was not clear why this happened.

Upon being told by Muzabazi of her anguish and the children’s ordeal, Canadian police notified various local authorities, including Zimbabwean officials seeking the safe return of the youngsters.

Authorities would not say whether the captors were relatives of the children's mother or father.

Foreign Affairs, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police National Missing Children Services and Interpol were some of those involved, along with authorities in the southern African nation, Canadian press said.

The search was entangled in diplomatic bureaucracy, Const. Nevills, adding that at some point she “really didn’t think [the kids] were coming home.”

“There were a lot of hiccups along the way,” she said. Despite that, she did make reference to the high level of co-operation with the Zimbabwean government and local authorities.

But after four months of that co-operation in December, news came in that the “kidnapers” had dropped off the children at the Canadian Embassy in Harare.

With the motherly instinct, Muzabazi took the next flight to Zimbabwe. Police paid for her return trip.

As quickly as she had arrived, she took custody of her little angels and left, touching down back in Canada last Thursday.

Shane and Renne were finally home after nearly eight months of “captivity.”


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