It’s been six months since Alison Azer has seen her four young children.
Azer’s four children were allegedly abducted by their father and her ex-husband, Dr. Saren Azer in August 2015. The Kurdish-Canadian physician was granted permission by a B.C. court to take his kids to France and Germany in August 2015, but they did not return as scheduled.
It’s believed Azer’s ex-husband took the children to Sulaymaniyah in Northern Iraq.
A Canada-wide warrant for Saren Azer, who is also known as Salahaddin Mahumudi-Azer, was issued in August for abduction in contravention of a custody order.
Policing agency Interpol lists the children — Sharvahn, 11, Rojevahn, 9, Dersim, 7, and Meitan, 3 — as missing on its website.
Saren Azer is a well-known internist from the Comox Valley and has spoken publicly about volunteering medical care to refugees in the Middle East.
After spending months investigating his children’s whereabouts, Azer travelled to Iraqi Kurdistan in September but came home empty-handed. Azer returned to the Middle East in October for a two-month trip to meet with officials and discovered where her children were living. But the children’s father allegedly refused to release them and she came home empty-handed again in January.
Azer is continuing to put pressure on the Canadian government to help get her kids back home.
Here is a timeline of events: