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KING CITY, CA (KION/CBS) – A mother is separated, not by miles, but by continents from her children after she made a decision that many would think is a no brainer. She came back to America to be with her dying mother. But her husband back in Iraq remarried and is keeping her kids from her.
"He's threatened me that it would only cost him $5,000 to have someone murder me over there," al-Ghizz said.
Misty al-Ghizz had no idea that leaving Iraq to care for her sick mother in King City would get her locked in an international battle with her husband to get her three young kids back. It's a battle that is nearly seven and half thousand miles away.
She took a video of her children two days before leaving Iraq in early September.
"I love you," her daughter said.
"I love you too," al-Ghizz said. "Are you going to miss me?"
Her daughter nods.
That was the last time she has seen any of her kids. Misty is an American, born in Boise, ID where she met her husband Wahab when she was fifteen. After they were married they moved to his hometown of Iraq in 2010. She was there until last September.
"This is the first time I've ever seen my daughter with a look of utter devastation," said Julie, al-Ghizz's mother.
The devastation came in the form of physical abuse from her husband.
"He beat both of us because she got up at 2 o'clock in the morning to go to the bathroom and he hit her with a PVC pipe and then he locked me into the bedroom and beat me with a PVC pipe," al-Ghizz said.
Because Misty is still married, she has to find a way to get a divorce.
According to Emory University School of Law, Iraqi family law says that the wife can request dissolution on the grounds of harm making the continuation of marriage impossible
"I'm just, I'm lost," al-Ghizz said. "I don't know what to do."
Another option for Misty is that she can try to get the federal government's help with a treaty that would help negotiate to bring her kids back home.