Sally Faulkner Refuses To Give Up As Writes Open Letter
"To all who cried tears with my children and felt sadness with my heart I thank you for your support."
Nearly three weeks after being forced to leave her children behind in Lebanon, Sally Faulkner has written an open letter of her struggle.
Caught trying to smuggle three-year-old Noah and five-year-old Lahela out of the country, Faulkner along with a 60 Minutes crew faced jail time until agreeing to sign over custodial rights to father, Ali Elamine.
In the letter published on Mamamia, Faulkner said she wants to make clear neither she nor Elamine are the victims of this story.
"Over a year has passed since my fight began and to be honest it has been the hardest struggle of my entire life," she shared.
"I struggled to keep my heavy heart above my drowning tears. But one thing I want to make clear: I am not a victim and neither is their father."
The Brisbane mother wrote how her heart broke when leaving her children behind.
"As I heard those last words from our daughter and saw their innocent and trusting faces that last time, I closed my eyes at night and realise I couldn’t just shake it off," she said.
"'Mummy is it just a holiday with daddy, and we come back to you very soon?' My reply to that – 'yes sweetie it’s just a fun holiday with daddy and mummy will come and bring you both home very soon'.
"But what followed was hell on earth…'Mummy I want to come back but daddy won’t let me.'
"Hearing my two year old boy at the time crying in the background saying 'I don't want mummy to go' and my then four year old daughter begin to cry, 'mummy I miss you'....The urge to throw up hit me hard in that moment like a sledge hammer to the chest.
"For any parent who hears their children crying for them and not be able to hold them or fix the problem straight away it is crippling."
She said she knew in that moment she would find a way to bring them back to Australia.
Faulkner says "so what" to the fact she failed once.
"Failures can be expected, but I will never accept that I cannot keep my promise to my children," she wrote.
"They are counting on me. They are counting on my actions to have their voices and hearts heard.
"They are the victims in all this and I can not just let this be 'okay'. You see, when they were with Mummy they had Daddy, but now they are with Daddy they can't even talk to Mummy.
"My fight will carry on long after the media coverage is gone and I guarantee you one thing. I will bring my children home and they will know that both Mummy and Daddy love them, because both parents are important and parental alienation is child abuse."
Read her letter in full at mamamia.com.au.