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the time of the abduction. Abducting parents, particularly, perceived a specific lack of interest in them after the abduction ended in the return of the child. One abducting mother explained how she was fighting to survive when she and her child were returned to the State of habitual residence, how the undertakings which had been given were all broken, and how she felt that she was “being pushed out to sea and the door being shut against” her. She stated that she was too busy just trying to survive to deal with the enforcement of the breached undertakings and that there was complete confusion between what she had been told in the returning jurisdiction and what actually happened in the State of habitual residence. She repeated many times that she just had to survive. Another abducting mother stated that personal support is needed to enable her, and those like her, to

move on. considerable

She points out that, time, you are like a

having lived abroad new immigrant to the

for a home

jurisdiction

when

you

arrive,

having

obtained

leave

to

remove.

It is assumed that you once lived there but, in

will be able to cope simply the view of this mother, you

because you need help in

the same

way

Although

help

as those who are may be available

new arrivals to those who

to the

country.

need it

and are

able to source the need, do obtain it, and

it, many of those who need help are not aware of not wish to ask for it, or do not know where to this includes the children. She described how

“everything is finished and you are from pillar to post. You get worn fight to get information and it is shutters”.

suddenly dumped, shunted down having to crawl and easier to bring down the

Left-behind parents also spoke about the lack of after-care and the “absolute need for monitoring children on their return”. In one case, the left-behind parent observed the lack of protection for the returning mother with no follow-up from the returning Court which, he felt, was not a good thing. He pointed out that “people want revenge” and that when someone has abducted a child and is returned to the former place of residence, that such protection and surveillance is necessary in the interests of the

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