Context

Nathalie Morin was born in 1984 in Quebec. She is a Canadian citizen who is being held against her will in Saudi Arabia by her common law husband, Saeed Al Sharahni, since March 2005. She is physically and psychologically mistreated and is living in fear.

 

Nathalie is calling for help in order to be able to return to her country, Canada, with her four children, Samir, Abdullah, Sarah and Fowaz.

 

Timeline

 

2001

 

September: Nathalie meets Saeed Al Bishi, a Saudi who she believes is a student at Concordia University in Montreal.

Nathalie with Samir
Nathalie with Samir

2002

 

July: Nathalie gives birth to Samir in Quebec.

 

September: Saeed Al Bishi is deported in Saudi Arabia after authorities discover that he’s in Quebec illegally.

 

2003-2004

 

For two years, Saeed talks to her about all the possibilities of living as a family with Samir in Saudi Arabia. Nathalie visits him twice and comes back both times. Trust is established.

 

2005

 

March: Nathalie leaves to settle in Saudi Arabia with her son.

 

December: Visit from Johanne Durocher, Nathalie’s mother, in Saudi Arabia. The situation is bad. Johanne Durocher alerts the Canadian Embassy Services. Nathalie asks the Canadian Embassy for their repatriation. There is no follow up.

Abdullah and Samir
Abdullah and Samir

2006

 

January: Johanne Durocher alerts Ottawa.

 

June: Nathalie gives birth to Abdullah in Saudi Arabie.

 

October 11th: Nathalie comes to Montreal alone at her mother’s expenses.

 

November 22nd: Nathalie reunites with her children Samir, age 4, and Abdullah, 5 months old, in Saudi Arabia.

2008

 

February 25th: Saeed asks for a $20,000 ransom to free Nathalie and their two children. He then changed his mind and asked for $100,000, and then said that he was joking all along and doesn’t want amy money.

 

March 4th & 10th: Saeed is interviewed by the Al Riyadh newspaper and asks the Saudi population for financial assistance.

 

March 11th & 13th: Saeed is once again interviewed, this time by the Al Watam newspaper.

 

April 2nd to 5th: Johanne Durocher, Nathalie Morin’s mother, is asking the government for help to extradite her daughter and grandchildren.

 

April 4th: Gilles Duceppe, Parti Quebecois leader, talks about sanctions to pressure Saudi Arabia.

 

June 4th: Protest in front of the Parliament in Ottawa and speech given by Ms. Lalonde, deputy of the Bloc Québécois, in front of cameras.

 

July 9th: Press conference in Montreal. Nathalie is pregnant with her third child, against her will.

 

November 10th : Press conference in Montreal. Nathalie has never been married with Saeed.

Novembre 18th : Nathalie gives birth to a little girl called Sarah.

 

2009

 

February: After some weeks without news, the contact between Nathalie and her mother is back. Nathalie sent some pictures.

April 2009: Press conference with Francine Lalonde (Bloc Québécois), Bernard Patry (Liberal), Thomas Mulcair (NDP) and Johanne Durocher.

 

May 2009: Press conference for Mother’s day with Christelle Bogosta (NDP), Marie-Ève Adam (Bloc Québécois), Dominique Morin et Johanne Durocher.

 

July 2009: Her mother and brother visit Nathalie and film her daily life. One part of the videos is used in a report of inquiry, distributed by Radio-Canada in October 2009.

 

December 2009: Amnesty International organizes a writing marathon. More than 500 cards are sent to Nathalie and her children.

 

2010

 

March, 6th: A solidarity concert Turn key Liberty, is organized by the support committee for Nathalie Morin for Women’s Day.

 

May, 13: The Committee is heard in front of the Subcommittee of International Human Rights (SDIR) in Ottawa. The Committee organized a protest in front ofthe Parliament, suppoted by feminist organizations.

 

June, 26th: Protest organized in front of the Saudi Arabia embassy, with the support of feminist & muslims organizations.

Same protest organized in Washington, USA.