Abandoned 2.5-year-old girl reunited with mother

March 15, 2006 14:22


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The two-and-a-half year old daughter of jailed foreign worker Joel Manah was reunited with her mother on Tuesday while her father remained in prison. May Manah had been left at a Haifa police station Monday after her father, an illegal worker here for the past 14 years, was arrested on Sunday night. "After hearing the reports in the media the mother came to collect her child," said Romm Lewkowicz, spokesman for the Hotline for Migrant Workers. "However, the question now is whether the family will have to be separated. The mother is Filipino and the father from Ghana, if he is deported back to Africa what will happen to the child?" According to Manah, he separated from his wife in October and the child had been in the daily care of a babysitter. The babysitter claimed that the mother had not been in touch with May in recent months. "The police are inhuman," said Lewkowicz, "they come in the middle of the night break down doors and separate families."

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