WATCH: Alison Azer recounts her visit to Iran to see her children in November in a National Post article published Tuesday. April Lawrence reports.
It was roughly one year ago when the first images of the four Azer children surfaced after they were taken from their Comox Valley home by their father and never returned.
Since they disappeared in August 2015, their mother Alison Azer has made countless emotional pleas for their safe return
And on Tuesday, in a National Post article, Azer shares for the first time that she has now seen her children in person.
Alison Azer declined a CHEK News request for an interview, but according to the article she flew to Iran last November, and officials there set up a visit with her kids.
She describes the anticipation of seeing them for the first time in 15 months:
“My knees buckled and I couldn’t see straight. And they had to bring a chair over so that I could sit down,” she said.
But rather than a happy reunion, she says the four kids were guarded, and withdrawn.
“It became clear to me that they had been told not to trust me.”
She was able to have a few more visits, and some heartwarming moments with her kids, and says she finally felt like a mom again.
“So for an hour and a half, I was a mom. I was a mom. And then it was over.”
Azer returned to Canada, which she says is a better place to keep fighting for her children’s return.