BEIRUT: The case of a 14-year-old girl who was reportedly kidnapped by her aunt’s husband a few weeks ago took a new turn Tuesday after a video of the girl emerged in which she stressed that she had eloped willingly.
“He and I have been together for two years, and my mother and my uncles have known about it,” said a calm Gaviotta Saleh, who hails from the northern Akkar town of Khirbit Daoud, in a video sent to her family.
The 14-year-old, her green eyes piercing the camera defiantly, explained that she had not been kidnapped by 32-year-old Mohammad Abdel-Majid, as has been widely reported in the media recently.
Saleh also said that her aunt, Majid’s wife and a mother of two, would be receiving divorce papers “in two days so they could get married.”
She denied reports that Majid had taken her by force and asked her family to stop “making up stories” concerning their relationship. She ended the video by smiling and saying she loved her parents.
Saleh and Majid’s whereabouts remain unknown.
Bassam Saleh, the minor’s father, reported her missing over two weeks ago, telling a local television station that Majid used to spend large amounts of time at his household. He also said his daughter had been close with Majid’s 12-year-old daughter.
“From the very first day, I called on the security forces to bring back my daughter,” he said. “She has been missing for 16 days, and nothing has come out so far.”
He added that it was unacceptable for his brother-in-law to take her away, and also said “people have been quiet about this, as though nothing has happened.”