Alison Azer leaving no stone unturned in effort to bring kids home.
Alison Azer last heard from her four children August 13th when they phoned her from Cologne, Germany.
They were on a court-approved trip to Europe with their father and her ex husband. She has not heard from them since.
Alison has since learned that Saren Azer, a once respected Comox physician took the four children, Sharvahn, 11; Rojevahn, 9; Dersim, 7; and Meitan, 3 to northern Iraq.
She says they are being harboured by the Kurdish independence group PKK and its armed fighters who are in a war with Turkish troops along the border.
“They’re in an area where the buildings are made of concrete blocks and there’s no heating. They stay warm by lighting crude in the middle of the room” Alison Azer told CHEK News in an interview prior to a public forum for supporters in Courtenay.
The Kurdish government in that part of Iraq appears unwilling to intervene with the PKK.
Alison says this is where Canada can apply pressure.
“The Canadian government is very well positioned in Kurdistan, we’ve got lots of assets on the ground, lots of resources” she said.
Alison went to the area last fall and says she was within a block of where the kids were but Saren Azer would not give them up.
“We are the voice for four Canadian kids who were abandoned by the system” she added.
She says there is a straight political line to her kids and that Canada can pressure the Kurdish government to act.
She was in Ottawa last week speaking with federal officials.