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Azer and Alberta Liberal Party leader Dr. David Swann worked together on a number of human rights causes in Calgary over a period of 10 years.------“(He was) absolutely selfless and sacrificial in many different ways,” Swann told Global News. “He’s put his own money and his own energy and his whole medical career on the line and gave everything he could, especially to the people of northern Iraq and the Kurdish community.” But in the final analysis, Swann said, “I think he has violated not only the integrity of his family but international law” and that he should return the children to Canada.----Saba Hamed · Vancouver, British Columbia---Finally they have found peace away from her cruelty. the cruelty that she brought to their lives due to unfortunate, unsolved issues of her own childhood.------------Julie Ali · University of Alberta Saba Hamed No matter what the issues in the family, this man has broken the law. How do you explain the abduction of kids to another country in this manner? He needs to return the kids to Canada and pay for his behaviour which in my opinion is not acceptable. I also believe you should refrain from offering your opinions until a court of law decides the business. With reference to the contact of kids with their mum, if the father doesn't let them have contact with the mum, it might explain the lack of contact. Alison Azer went to see her kids in person and was refused contact. You seem to have your own agenda with reference to this case which is surprising.---





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May 18, 2016 1:36 pm
Updated: May 18, 2016 3:21 pm

Man who abducted his 4 kids, brought them to Iran, says he was escaping ‘Canadian nightmare’

claudeBy Claude AdamsProducer  Global News
Exclusive: Interview with Saren Azer, the father who illegally took his four children to the Middle East
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Saren Azer’s story is one that has blazed through social media in Canada for nine months—a bitter marriage breakdown, a fight over four young children, and finally, a dramatic abduction and flight to a Middle East war zone by a father who says he and his kids were escaping a “nightmare.”
Now, for the first time since fleeing Canada with the kids last August, the father —an international fugitive—has spoken publicly.
“We were surrounded, we were encircled, we were brutalized,” Dr. Saren Azer told Global News in an exclusive Skype interview from Iran.
”For others it might be just another case in a family court. What I saw my children go through was nothing less than a terror.”
Azer, an Iranian-born Kurd, came to Canada in 1994 as a political refugee. He married Alison Jeffrey in 2002 and they separated ten years later. What followed was a bitter fight over access to the four children, Sharvahn, 11, Rojevahn, 9, Dersim, 7 and Meitan, 3.
After a court-approved European holiday in August 2015, Azer put the children on a flight to Northern Iraq and broke off all contact with the mother. The father and children later slipped across the border into Iran, Azer’s homeland, and moved in with members of his family. (He would not tell Global News the name of the city.)
Now Azer is a hunted man, wanted by the RCMP and Interpol on abduction charges.
In an emotional Canada-wide campaign, Azer’s ex-wife, Alison Jeffrey, has pleaded with the Canadian government to do something to have the children returned.
WATCH: Alison Azer appeals to PM and to Canada for the return of her four kids
Thousands of supporters joined her on social media, many of them vilifying Azer in the strongest terms. “A disgusting human being,” was a typical posting.
Alison was dismissive of her ex-husband’s latest comments.
“What he’s doing is the desperate attempts of a man who’s been on the run for nine months. He is a wanted fugitive. He continues to cross borders illegally. And really his actions speaks to his desperation that he must be feeling knowing that authorities are circling in on him.”
Nine months passed before Saren Azer responded publicly to the storm his actions have generated. In the interview, he rejected Alison’s claim that the children were “traumatized and terrified” in their new life in a strange land, away from their mother and friends, where they couldn’t speak the language.
“They have never been as well as they are,” he said. “They are thriving, they are happy. Our daily life is filled with joy, all of them are healthy, they are well, they are thriving at school, they are learning languages, they are learning different cultures, different traditions, they are surrounded by their families and they are loved and they are adored.
“My children were in a war zone in Canada, they were in a psychological and mental war zone in that country and you could see how their fragile lives were being shattered in front of our eyes.”
Global News obtained copies of medical reports dated 2013 that point to some psychological and physical problems: delayed gross motor skills for one of the children; significant stress and anger in another; and “suicidal ideation” in a third.
In 2012, Azer says, his son Dersim, then only five, was interviewed by an RCMP officer about an allegation by Alison that Saren had disciplined the boy by tying him to a chair in the basement. No charges were laid.
“I remember the terror that my son went through. For weeks on end he would not separate from me. Is this what a father should do, stand by as their children are shattered in this process?”
In November, 2013, a social worker with the BC Ministry of Children and Family development said in a letter to Alison that “your children are in need of protection from your ex-husband . . . due to physical harm.”
The harm, the social worker said, included “being tied up, slapped and hit.”
But, three months later, the same ministry closed its file on Azer and confirmed he had completed a parenting program. Azer says the physical harm never happened.
Photos of kids with fugitive father offer hope
Alison says Azer, in his interview with Global News, was exaggerating the children’s emotional and physical issues.
“Not only were they not as serious, there were no disorders. The children were seen by a long list of healthcare professionals during the period of time that we spent reaching our joint custody agreement.
“I think that those papers are a matter of public record via the courts and in no way speak to the conditions or disorders that I think he’s finding it convenient to manufacture at this stage of game being an international fugitive.”
Saren Azer, a high-profile humanitarian doctor who once appeared in a video with former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, says he was overwrought by what he saw happening to his children.
“When I was working in the ICU, almost on a weekly basis I would resuscitate teenagers with suicide attempts. Almost without exception their story was the same–from families that were dominated by hatred, anger, family court proceedings. RCMP proceedings, ministry (of children and family development) proceedings, and I could see the trail that myself and my children were on wasn’t going to be any different. I could see how these fragile and beautiful lives are going to be shattered in this process.”
But to Alison, the abduction by their father will cause her children the most distress.
“Our children will suffer as a result of having been kidnapped. It’s nine months in and the sooner they’re rescued the better chance they have of returning to a healthy childhood state. And I need the Canadian government to act as quickly as they can. My children are in danger, they’re being abused, and they need to come home.”
The federal government has said it is treating the situation seriously. The Harper government ended diplomatic relations with Iran in 2012.
Azer had a lucrative medical practice on Vancouver Island and the reputation as a humanitarian who made frequent mercy missions to refugee camps in Iraqi Kurdistan. In a 2009 article Alison wrote for an Alberta publication, she said Azer worked in the spirit of celebrated doctors like Norman Bethune and Albert Schweitzer.
Azer and Alberta Liberal Party leader Dr. David Swann worked together on a number of human rights causes in Calgary over a period of 10 years.
B.C. woman says ex abducted 4 kids overseas
“(He was) absolutely selfless and sacrificial in many different ways,” Swann told Global News. “He’s put his own money and his own energy and his whole medical career on the line and gave everything he could, especially to the people of northern Iraq and the Kurdish community.”
But in the final analysis, Swann said, “I think he has violated not only the integrity of his family but international law” and that he should return the children to Canada.
The law notwithstanding, by the summer of 2015, Azer says it was a clear cut choice: his career, or his children.
“I had to decide. My options were to stay in Canada and have all that you mentioned–Canadian citizenship, well-paid physician, respected and all the rest–and the well-being of my children on the other hand, and I chose the well-being of my children.
“Yes, I have lost a lot. But at the same time I have gained more. I regained my children.”
He also extended an invitation for his ex-wife to join him in Iran.
“If Alison truly cares for these children . . . the door is open. I don’t think anybody could stop her from coming to Iran. She has many friends here. She could come here, she could see them. She could spend time with (the children), and she could see their lives. That I can definitely agree with and facilitate.”
“We are an ordinary family. Our important issues now are finding a car, looking after our cats, making our meals, cleaning our house. These are our issues . . . we couldn’t care less about that madness that goes on in Canada.”



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Todd Gallagher
I worked with this "man". I can tell you for a fact that he is lying about the number of teenagers he resuscitated "on a weekly basis". If he can lie about that it certainly doesn't give him any credibility in my eyes. A real man wouldn't take his children away, he'd stay and fight here for them. Also, if Canada is such a bad country, why did he come here to get educated? This man gained much from living here, but now it's a nightmare? This man is a pathological liar.
Amelia Copenhagen ·
He took his children to his country.
The family law courts suck. Glad, a judge in Iran sees no wrong doing and no one could touch him!
LikeReply1Aug 22, 2016 5:43pm
Elizabeth Marecek
I think the mother had known he is taking the kids but assummed it was for a visit...if he was a doctor in Canada and he is Canadian there may be some more to the story that we know...
LikeReply1Aug 7, 2016 11:57pm
Madison Peters
Maybe I am missing something but there has to be consent of parents for children to leave Canada. Did the Border/Custom employees not ask for the required documents? If they had the children would never have left Canada.
LikeReply1Aug 1, 2016 3:53pm
Jay A Wind ·
I'd like to know both sides of the story, media is biased against one side currently...
LikeReply3Jul 6, 2016 9:19am
Gina Willman ·
A question, why did the father leave with the children int he first place? Was it becasue of abuse from the mother? It never said the reason for the taking of the children?
Jay A Wind ·
I'd like to know both sides of the story as well, there are two sides to every story... media is biased (and so is government in canada)
LikeReply2Jul 6, 2016 9:19am
Saba Hamed ·
I am very familiar with this case. I know the father and the children well. I have read all their divorce file, and few psychologist reports.The mother did not want to let him have his children in Canada. Right after she left home, she abducted the children to Alberta for 6 month without any consequences because she was a mother not a father. She brought false charges against the father over and over again and every time she did that the father had to go through a long, biased, and unfair process to prove his innocence. When she left home back in 2012 their youngest son was only few month old. At that age he was already trying to role around. Once she left she made false claims about the father having threatened to kill her and the children, as a result the father lost access to the children for about 6 month. The father went to court, and charges stayed as there was absolutely no evidence of any kind of abuse by the father. Once charges were stayed the father got permission to see the children. Once she finally brought the children back from Alberta to Comox due to a court order, he got to see the children after 6 month, and at that point he realized the disaster the children had been through. the youngest kid was developmentally delayed. People who had seen him then told me he was like a big piece of meat, not only he couldn't role around, sit or crawle, he couldn't even hold his head up. He wouldn't even cry much. This could only happen to a child due to pure negligence and that's what the mother had done. The other children were also unwell. One had suicidal ideations and the other one suffered from an eating disorder. These issues were all developed when they were taken away from their father and were solely in the care of their mother. The mother did not stop there, after the courts did not buy her original false claims, she brought more on. She claimed that the father had physically abused the children when they were too young to remember. she made those claims to the police and to the MCFD. Everytime she made those claims, at the begining she would seem believable so they would take her claim serious then after serious investigation they would drop it all as there was absolutely no evidence for her claims. She played a long game, she brought as many false claims as she could against him to any legal organization she could. the children and him went through hell for 3 years. Her other game was brainwashing the children. getting their love and attention by buying them expensive gifts and trying to turn them against their father by telling them that he used to physically abuse them when they were too young to remember. When the children were in Canada they were confused, they loved their father and could see how much he cares about them but they were also being fed lots of contradictory information about their father by their mother. At the end I think the father realized that as long as the mother is around the children can not have a normal, happy, and safe childhood. Now the children are in Iran. Finally they have had a chance to process things away from their mother's lies, and as a result they are not willing to be in contact with her. They have been asked to contact their mother if they wish and they have repeatedly refused. There are phones, and computers everywhere in Iran, don't you wonder how come they have not contacted their mom if they wanted to? the reason they have not is because they don't want to. Finally they have found peace away from her cruelty. the cruelty that she brought to their lives due to unfortunate, unsolved issues of her own childhood.
LikeReply1Aug 15, 2016 12:53am
Julie Ali ·
Saba Hamed No matter what the issues in the family, this man has broken the law. How do you explain the abduction of kids to another country in this manner? He needs to return the kids to Canada and pay for his behaviour which in my opinion is not acceptable. I also believe you should refrain from offering your opinions until a court of law decides the business.

With reference to the contact of kids with their mum, if the father doesn't let them have contact with the mum, it might explain the lack of contact. Alison Azer went to see her kids in person and was refused contact.

You seem to have your own agenda with reference to this case which is surprising.
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