A BBC documentary – ‘Mums on the Run: failed by the Family Court’ revealed the desperation of mothers who flee to Northern Cyprus in an attempt to safeguard themselves and their children. In doing so, they leave their families and friends, their homes, and their jobs. Many end up in poverty, trapped in the country they have fled to. They are criminalised, labelled as abductors.
This article, co-authored by HM team members Dr Elizabeth Dalgarno, Dr Rima Hussein, and Ruth Dineen, looks at what has gone so wrong in our courts that exile is seen as a solution.