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Abducted Wigan girl Nadia Fawzi returns from Libya


There were emotional scenes as Nadia Fawzi was reunited with her family

A girl who spent almost three years in Libya after being abducted in Wigan by her father is back in the UK.

Nadia Fawzi, aged six, flew into Manchester Airport with her mother Sarah Taylor, 34, on Sunday afternoon.

Her father, Fawzi Abu Arghub, took her out of the UK in May 2007 under the pretence he was attending a party.

Ms Taylor was reunited with Nadia in December after Libyan authorities tracked her down and returned her to British Embassy staff.

Her grandparents said they were "ecstatic" at her return.

There were emotional scenes at the airport as Nadia's extended family, including grandmother Dot, greeted the pair.

We are so happy, we are ecstatic to have her home
Dot Taylor, grandmother

Speaking minutes after reuniting her daughter with her family Ms Taylor said: "I've really had a lot of support here and I can't ask for much more.

"I just did it - I got there in the end."

Following the abduction, Ms Taylor left her job and moved to Libya to find her daughter.

She was awarded custody by the Libyan courts, but Mr Abu Arghub refused to disclose the whereabouts of their daughter.

Ms Taylor and Nadia were finally reunited in the Libyan capital in December.

Dot Taylor, from Hindley Green, Wigan, said: "We are so happy, we are ecstatic to have her home.

"Now we just want to spend some time together alone as a family."

Nadia Fawzi and her mother Sarah Taylor
The pair were greeted by relatives at Manchester Airport

Ms Taylor's campaign was supported by her MP, Health Secretary Andy Burnham.

Mr Burnham, who was among those at the airport, thanked the prime minister, Foreign Secretary David Miliband, former Prime Minister Tony Blair and the British Ambassador Sir Vincent Fean, for their help.

In a statement he said: "Sarah has been travelling alone on the hardest road imaginable for any mother but she is back home tonight and her nightmare is over.

"Seeing Sarah and Nadia walk together up the ramp at Manchester Airport was an emotional moment that I'll never forget."

The Leigh MP said he would also like to thank Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi and his son Saif "for responding to a humanitarian request for help and working with us to bring this day about".

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