Paraguay seeks two German girls stolen by their anti-vaccine parents

A German mother appealed on Monday to the hearts of Paraguayans to locate her 10-year-old daughter and another 11-year-old daughter who entered the country last November with her other parents, whose whereabouts are currently unknown.

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31 May 2022 Tuesday 05:17
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Paraguay seeks two German girls stolen by their anti-vaccine parents

A German mother appealed on Monday to the hearts of Paraguayans to locate her 10-year-old daughter and another 11-year-old daughter who entered the country last November with her other parents, whose whereabouts are currently unknown.

"Help us in our search," said Anne Maja Reiniger-Egler, visibly affected, during a press conference at the Paraguayan Public Ministry. The woman asked Paraguayans to have a "heart" and support the tasks of the authorities to find Clara Magdalena Egler (10) -her daughter- and Lara Valentina Blank (11), who entered the country on November 27 of last year and were last seen in the territory on January 19.

"Clara and Lara surely do not feel very well with this whole situation. It cannot be that they continue the rest of their childhood escaping," he lamented. "Andreas, I beg you to end this nightmare. This is not a normal life. Contact us. Girls can't run away all their lives," she sobbed.

The Trafficking Unit of the Public Ministry and the anti-kidnapping department of the National Police are investigating the case of the little girls, who arrived in the country accompanied by Andreas Rainer Egler -Clara's father-, 46, and his current wife, Anna Maria Egler, 35, mother of Lara.

The couple likely intended to live in an anti-vaccine German settler community inside Paraguay, plaintiffs' attorney Stephan Schultheiss said. "It is a case of violation of parental authority or kidnapping. Both are wanted by the German courts," he said.

The head of the Surveillance Area of ​​the Coordinator for the Rights of Children and Adolescents (CDIA), Dante Leguizamón, explained to Efe on Sunday that the adults - who, in turn, are a couple - did not inform the other parent of the trip. of the girls.

In addition, they sent a farewell letter in which they declared themselves against girls being vaccinated against covid-19. An arrest warrant and a red alert from Interpol weigh on the adults.

A yellow notice related to girls was also published, which is published in cases of victims of abduction by one of their parents, retentions or unexplained disappearances.

During the press conference on Monday, the prosecutor in charge of the case, Karina Sánchez, revealed that the investigation began more than five months ago and indicated that they decided to make the case known at the request of Clara's mother.

Sánchez assured that the woman is in Paraguay to "be close to the authorities and see how to locate her daughter." Without going into details, the prosecutor reported that they managed to reach the home where the girls lived, but she admitted that the adults left the place after realizing that a process had been started to locate them.

The authorities denounced "the secrecy and lack of cooperation of the German communities in the regions where the girls were seen".

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