|By Fuat Kircaali||
|April 13, 2011 06:45 PM EDT||
Wednesday morning I received new photographs of Sofia from the State Department in Washington, DC. Sofia remains in Syria since being abducted in July 2010.
The day after my last tweet regarding the lack of any new information about my abducted daughter Sofia since March 4, I received an updated letter on Thursday, April 7, 2011, from the State Department on Sofia's welfare in Syria.
Sofia was abducted by her mother from the United States to Syria last July, following her diagnosis of GDD with possible autism. She had 13 remaining medical appointments left at the time of her abduction, none of which she was able to keep.
Last week's welfare report prepared by our Embassy in Damascus, Syria, after their second welfare visit to the home in Syria where Sofia remains with her mother and grandmother, showed a bleaker outcome for my daughter than the previous report dated November 2010.
April 13, 2011 - State Department photo 1 of my abducted daughter Sofia in Syria
At two years and two months of age, Sofia still doesn't speak a single word, make or follow simple hand gestures, such as a simple "bye-bye."
As explained by her physicians, she also started showing signs of autism, such as not having any eye contact with her mom, grandmother and others around her.
April 13, 2011 - State Department photo 2 of my abducted daughter Sofia in Syria
April 13, 2011 - State Department photo 3 of my abducted daughter Sofia in Syria
April 13, 2011 - State Department photo 4 of my abducted daughter Sofia in Syria
Uncle Who Kidnapped Sofia From Home in Florida to Syria Is Still a Practicing MD in Chicago
More than a year ago, Sofia was abducted from her home in Lighthouse Point, Florida, by her Syrian National uncle, who is practicing medicine in the Chicago area.
Last March, a Florida judge issued an order to pick Sofia up from the uncle's house in Chicago and return her to her home to Florida.
Due to a jurisdiction question in court - since Sofia had never lived more than 6 months in one state at the time of her abduction - the judge later gave temporary custody to her mom until the court could determine final jurisdiction between Florida, New Jersey, and Illinois.
In July 2010, based on this uncle's instructions, Sofia was abducted by her mom to Syria where she has been missing her life-saving medical treatment.
Sofia's Syrian National uncle is still practicing medicine in the Chicago area.
As I explained repeatedly in multiple blog posts since her abduction more than six months ago, she needs urgent daily therapy, which was initially scheduled until the age of three.
The Embassy personnel who visited Sofia could not determine "whether Sofia's vocalization or facial expressions were within the normal range of affect for a child of her age."
Sofia does not respond to her name.
A copy of the "unclassified" State Department report is above.
Sofia needs intense urgent daily therapy, up to 4-5 hours per day, which was scheduled to start seven months ago in New Jersey, United States.
She has not received any medical attention for her condition since her abduction to Syria.
Diane Macedo of Fox News worked on Sofia's story for more than a month, studying documents, interviewing more than a dozen people, and fact-checking before publishing her news story on Monday and airing our interview.
Here is the link to the Fox News on-camera interview.
On Monday, she also published a detailed article on Sofia that was picked up by a dozen or so media outlets around the world during the week.
When Sofia returns safely home, she will pay her first visit to Diane at the Fox News headquarters in New York City.
As of today, and since July 2010, my abducted daughter Sofia Kircaali, a US citizen, remains in Syria and in harm's way.
On Friday, I watched videos on the Internet showing violence inside a mosque one block away from where Sofia currently lives with her mother and grandmother.
Twitter updates on Sofia @FuatKircaali
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