Friday 23 March 2018

"I crawl home to Dublin on my knees after seeing him," grandmother of abducted boy tells of her heartbreak

Marian Heeney with a photo of her beloved grandson Faris.
Marian Heeney with a photo of her beloved grandson Faris.

The grandmother of Faris Daniel Heeney, a young Irish boy who was kidnapped by his father, says she fears for her grandson.

Faris was just two when he was taken to Egypt by his uncle Mostafa Ismaeil in July 2009.

The uncle was later ordered to return to Ireland, and is currently serving a six-year sentence in Portlaoise prison after being convicted of child abduction. He is due to be released in April.

Faris currently resides with his father Amir – an Egyptian national – north of Cairo, and his mother Norma and grandmother Marian have  visited Faris in Egypt six times over the past four years.

On one occasion she was told by his father that she could take him home to Ireland, and even bought a ticket. Amir then changed his mind.

Marian has spoken of the emotional roller coaster of seeing her grandson for fleeting visits:

“It’s wonderful to see him, to sleep in his bed and to wake up with his arms around you. It’s fantastic to see him, but the price you pay emotionally, physically, mentally and financially to go through that, and particularly when you’re leaving.

"It’s like you crawl home to Dublin on your knees and then it takes you weeks to pick yourself up and keep going. I have to keep going and keep fighting for that child.”

Marian is worried for the welfare of her grandson:

“In my opinion he’s not being treated very well. The whole culture is very different, which is understandable, but in his home it’s very rough and ready.”




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