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CONCLUSIONS – ADULT REPORT

The findings in this project confirm those already identified by Greif in that it is clear that abduction and its effects linger for many years after the ending of the abduction. 49

It is beyond doubt that the lack of contact between parents and children during the period of the abduction is a source of immense continuing anxiety for those concerned, many years after the abduction, and even when those parties have been reunited. Many of those interviewed were keen to discuss this

issue. society

Several of the parents explained how they shunned during the time that the children were away because they

found that everything in not even knowing where

society revolves around children and, their own children were, they did not

want to entitled

be part of a child-centred lifestyle, nor did they feel to be so. They describe how thoughts of the children

occupied all their waking time, and time, too. They blamed themselves

a good for the

deal of their sleeping disappearance of the

children and for their selfishness which they saw

not preventing it, often attributing the guilt to at having separated from the abducting parent, as the catalyst leading to the abduction. They

felt

they

had

done

something

wrong

and,

therefore,

deserved

to

have the children taken away. feel entitled to grieve because were dead, they felt isolated

They felt full of grief but did not they did not believe their children and at the very edge of society.

These parents talk see the child(ren)

of having to face the fact that again or, if they did meet

they may never again, that the

child(ren) may not want anything parent. They describe feeling such

to do with the

left-behind

fear about these

issues that

they

challenged the

own

identities. One

with

her abducted

they did not believe they could survive as questions these thoughts raised about their left-behind mother, who had no contact

children or knowledge of their whereabouts lengthy absence, describes how everything hurt

  • even walking in the sun hurt her - and says

during a very her at that time that she felt so

49

“Parental Report”, supra at 70.

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