Margaret Wilcox


 If there’s a message I would give to people in the same situation, it is never give up, never lose hope.

Margaret Wilcox

When Margaret’s daughter Tanya was 3 years old, she was abducted by her Libyan father and taken into hiding. It took Margaret fourteen years of heartache, private investigators, lawyers, red tape, and determination to be able to hold her daughter in her arms once again. Her daughter was confused and hurt, so Margaret wrote a long love letter to her explaining the extraordinary lengths she went to in hope of finding her again. This love letter was published into a book and has been translated into 6 languages, and offers hope for those in a similar situation. There is unfortunately very little help once borders are crossed in this kind of situation, as it is deemed a personal, and not a criminal matter. Margaret used her book, Gone, to create an awareness of the problem with the hope that those responsible for the legislation governing these problems can be encouraged to look for a solution. 

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney

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