|Emma and Nathalie|
lunes, 19 de junio de 2017
HOW TO STEAL A DAUGHTER AND DESTROY THE MOTHER IN THE ATTEMPT
By: Juan Mosquera Restrepo
Translation: Talia Sawers
She is five months old and wakes up at night looking for her mother. She is five months old and in the middle of the afternoon cries in despair because she needs her mother's embrace. She is five months old and in the mornings she misses her mother. Who answers? A grandmother who can only say "she is not here" when the truth is that they snatched the baby and they’re hiding her—so similar to the word kidnapping. She is in a strange country. The baby is called Emma, the mother Nathalie and this drama has names—Charles Lincoln Abott III and Melanie, Emma's father and paternal grandmother, have moved the baby away and are holding her with false accusations against Nathalie with the sole intention of taking away her custody.
They want to steal her daughter from her.
Little Emma is five months old today. Emma was born in Medellín on January 19 of this year at El Prado Clinic. She is Colombian. Although her father is an American, they haven’t yet gone through the procedures for obtaining US citizenship and it may take another six months to obtain it. With that status, Charles and Melanie aim to make it impossible for Nathalie to get Emma back—to have the justice of their own country on their side and to exhaust the mother in her temporary immigrant status.
Nathalie Milfort Blandón is Colombian and an historian. She worked at the Ministry of Culture.
Charles Lincoln Abott III is American and a lawyer. His work involves constant travel.
Nathalie and Charles were dating. Then she became pregnant. Upon receiving the news, Charles reacted by telling her that she could have an abortion, that he was not sure if he wanted to be a father. She continued ahead—she did want to be a mother. Five months into the pregnancy they got married in the United States, then travelled to Colombia, repeated the ceremony and then she gave birth to Emma. The Milfort family have been fundamental company every day that Nathalie has been everything a mother can be to her daughter. The love of grandparents and uncles has been a constant hug for Emma.
On April 15, they travelled to Washington with a provisional passport for the baby. The husband promised stability and protection. She believed the promise. Living there became an unexpected isolation—Charles’s repeated absence, only one friend in the city, basic level English and a mother-in-law convincing her that her sadness was postnatal depression, all ended up boycotting more than the atmosphere. At the same time small gestures began to happen that only with the distance of the consequences took shape as if they had a plan in advance. Melanie took to her house, bit by bit, many belongings of the girl and copied exactly—like in an Alfred Hitchcock film— Emma's room with identical furniture in the identical place and duplicate decor. Charles's mood changed and he started looking for fights where there were none. Everything blew up when Nathalie said she wanted to return to Colombia for a while to tie up work issues and breathe an affectionate air before returning to face the American way of life again.
There were two episodes clearly manipulated by the father who, locked in his room, called the police to report that his wife wanted to kill him and his daughter. The police went to his house and there was no hint of aggression in Nathalie and soon understood that there was no danger. But they left each time with the legal explanation of the lawyer and with an insufficient version in an English that she barely masters. So Charles was creating the precedent to call on later. In a shaking meeting that Nathalie’s family asked for via Skype from Colombia, the arrival of the police happened before the very eyes of her helpless siblings, and they saw from their computer’s camera, Emma being taken away. Supposedly Nathalie, an unstable woman according to her husband, could attack his daughter. So her father and grandmother took her and for more than two weeks they did not let Nathalie even see Emma…much less feed or caress her, surely.
Emma's passport disappeared from the house. Charles took it without warning, and is now in possession of it.
The voice of the Colombian embassy in Washington has simply recommended that she gets a lawyer and acts quickly while the only nationality of the baby is Colombian—difficult for Nathalie who must look for a way to support herself now that Charles is soon to be her ex-husband. She is legally prohibited from working and the private costs of legal advice are sky-high. One hour? Hundreds of dollars…and pain. Her family has decided to publicise the case in search of the solidarity of public opinion, a closer and more effective company of the diplomatic corps to recover Emma—don’t forget, a five-month-old Colombian girl who is still held by the American father—and make visible a situation that has happened before against Colombian women and their children in foreign countries by couples—like this one—who abuse the fact that they are away from their home.
I write this because I know close up what I tell here. All these words have documents that support them, witnesses that back them up and because it is a truth that appeals for justice.
Emma is entitled to her mother.
Nathalie has a right to her daughter.
The voice of many can help stop this injustice and be a real circle of friends for them both. Nathalie and Emma deserve, need, to be together again.
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