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Senate Passes Kerry Resolution: Demands Return of Abducted Bower Children

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Location: Washington, DC

Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, today announced the passage of his Senate resolution calling for the return of Noor and Ramsey Bower, two young brothers from Massachusetts illegally abducted and taken to Egypt in 2009.

Senator Kerry authored and introduced the resolution last month in commemoration of National Missing Children's Day.

"Passage of this Resolution sends a crystal clear message that we are going to remain focused like a laser beam until this father is reunited with his two boys," said Sen. Kerry, who has been working with Noor and Ramsey's father Colin Bower, the U.S. State Department, and the Egyptian government since the abduction to locate the children, facilitate meetings for Bower with his sons, and help secure resolution to the case. "Obviously there is great uncertainty in Egypt's political system, but there is nothing but clarity in the facts of Colin's case. Colin's a Massachusetts dad granted full legal custody of these boys, only to have them ripped away and illegally abducted to Egypt. We need to keep attention focused on the facts and stay at it until justice is done."

"On behalf of Noor, Ramsay and our family, I appreciate Senator Kerry's hard work and dedication to get this Resolution passed and take another step toward bringing my boys home," said Colin Bower. "They have been gone three years, and I am also asking the White House and State Department once again to save my boys and bring them home without further delay."

Since 2009, Chairman Kerry has authored a series of letters and spoken directly to American and Egyptian authorities at the highest levels to try and resolve this abduction case and urge the boys' safe return.


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