A young mother whose baby boy was abducted by his father has launched a fundraiser to raise money to pay for legal fees so that she can bring her son home.
Twenty-four-year-old Vasiliki Andreou from Larnaca must raise €10,000 before November 27, to pay an Egyptian lawyer and travel to Egypt to bring her one-year-old son back to Cyprus.
The boy, Joseph, has been in Egypt since Andreou traveled there with her husband to visit his family in September 2019 when the boy was only two months old.
A few days after their arrival, Andreou was forced by her husband to return to Cyprus without her child, following days of physical abuse.
There was no domestic violence prior to that point, according to Andreou’s statements to the media.
Police have meanwhile arrested her husband who recently returned to Cyprus.
According to Andreou, the infant has kidney problems and needs special medical care.
“I prefer to give my baby to Allah than to give it back to you” her husband allegedly told Andreou.
Joseph is a Cypriot citizen and flew to Egypt with a Cyprus passport that is in his mother’s possession.
The interior ministry issued a permit so that Andreou can carry out a fundraiser.
People wishing to support the mother can make their donations at the Bank of Cyprus in the account number 357034346246, Iban CY 29 0020 0195 0000 3570 3434 6246 and Swift code BCYPCY2N.