‘I’ll die trying to get my them back’: Mother’s vow to find daughters, 21 and nine, six years after they were snatched by their father and taken to Libya
A desperate mother has vowed she’ll die trying to find her two young daughters after they were abducted by their father and taken to Libya.
Tanya Borg, 42, of Pewsey, Wiltshire, has been fighting to get Angel and Maya back since Mohammed El Zubaidy took them abroad to ‘meet their gran’.
He claimed he was taking the girls to Tunisia but, after landing, quickly whisked them across the border to Tripoli.
Tanya Borg, 42, has been fighting to get her daughters Angel (left) and Maya (right) back
Ms Borg’s ex Mohammed El Zubaidy (above, together) took the girls abroad to ‘meet their gran’
Ms Borg has told how she fears her two daughters have little or no freedom or education
Ms Borg has previously said that she fears the girls are now being forced to live a strict Muslim lifestyle, and have little or no freedom or education.
She has been granted full custody of Angel, 21, and Maya, nine, in both Britain and Libya since they were taken in 2015.
But Ms Borg is still no closer to getting her daughters back, with her ex-husband having been jailed previously for breaching orders to return them.
He has told judges he does not know where the children are and cannot return them.
For years Ms Borg has put all her efforts into trying to reach her children – even hiring people on the ground abroad to investigate.
Ms Borg was granted full custody of Angel (left), 21, and Maya (right), nine, in Britain and Libya
Ms Borg tried flying out to Tunisia on a lead to the potential location of Angel and Maya
Heartbreakingly, she even tried flying out to Tunisia on a lead to the potential location of Angel and Maya, but the lead turned out to be fruitless.
‘I’m doing anything I can,’ she said. ‘It’s just frustrating now that money is the only thing holding me back from doing more.
‘But I’ll keep trying, I’ll die trying to get my daughters back. Angel is 21 now, and Maya will be 10 in October, they don’t even have a mobile phone.
‘I have no way of contacting them or knowing that they’re OK. I’ve put everything I have into finding them and won’t stop. I can’t stop until the day they can come home.’
The girl’s father left them with his mother in Libya after travelling to north Africa.
Last year Ms Borg’s lawyer said the girls and their grandmother disappeared after a Libyan judge ordered her to bring them to a court hearing.
Ms Borg said she has lost track of her girls who were taken to Libya by their father in 2015
Ms Borg’s daughter Maya will be ten years ago in October but she has no idea where she is
In August 2020, Danny Kruger, Tanya’s MP said: ‘I am working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the police to help Tanya recover her daughters from Libya, and very much hope we can bring them home soon.’
Last year a Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: ‘We are in contact with the mother of two British children in Libya, her MP and her solicitor.
‘This is a complex case and we are providing support. Our ability to provide consular support is limited by the volatile security situation and conditions on the ground.’
Ms Borg is hosting a fundraiser event on September 12 at Coopers Field in Pewsey, with all money to go toward her ongoing battle to bring her daughters home.
The Free Angel And Maya fete will feature DJs, karaoke and a Bake Off competition, along with stalls from independent sellers, a jumble sale and a car boot sale.