Ten years ago, she and her siblings got to see all of Istanbul. The photo album from that time is filled with children eating ice cream and exotic food in exciting places. They remember only a little of the conflict itself.
"I was so small, but I have some memories," Anna says. I remember my backpack with Pippi Longstocking on it and how I longed for home.
Over 400 children abducted
SVT Nyheter's continued examination of children who are taken out or detained abroad against their will shows that despite the fact that 100 countries have signed the Hague Convention, there are still major problems in cooperation between the countries. Over 400 children have been abducted from Sweden to those countries in the last 5 years.
"We are looking into the possibility of us enlisting the help of our embassies and then we will see if it is possible to bring about a voluntary solution." But if this is not possible, then it may be that the parent here in Sweden needs to pursue a custody process in the other country, says Erica Neiglick at the Foreign Ministry's consular unit. Despite the fact that only 30 percent of the children who are taken out of Sweden come home, she is still satisfied that the Hague Convention actually works.
Detained in custody dispute
These kids were lucky. They had their mother with them when they were detained by their father in a custody dispute in Turkish court, and a grandfather who could afford to pay expensive lawyers. And it became expensive, Lara counted it up to about half a million crowns.
"The Foreign Ministry helped me find a hotel room and start the Hague process, find a lawyer and such," says mother Lara.
The siblings look at the pictures from that time, how they were Lucia and star boys at the Christmas celebrations at the Swedish embassy. In the evenings, Lara sat with the three children in the small hotel room and translated documents to the Turkish court. She still has two binders full, there were many certificates that were required to show that the children only spoke Swedish, and that they were rooted in their preschool, school and with medical care and friends.
Aided by the Hague Convention
Because even though the Turkish court's child investigation showed that the children should continue to live with the mother, it took the Hague Convention to kick in for the children's exit ban in Turkey to be lifted. It took six months, but it's fast to be a Hague process, often taking years for babies to come back.
"I want more people to know that this could happen," Lara said. There may be different legal systems in other countries, where the husband finds it easier to get sole custody. But there is help to be had.
Do you have a child who has been abducted? Did you get help from the authorities? Here you can tell SVT Nyheter's investigative reporters.