Sally Faulkner may never see her children again as her ex says he has no interest in bringing them back to Australia.
The Brisbane mother has not seen Lahela, six, and Noah, four, since the notorious failed child recovery attempt from Lebanon last April.
Ms Faulkner and Channel 9 hired agents who snatched her kids from their father Ali Elamine, but she and a 60 Minutes crew were caught and locked up in Beirut.
Mr Elamine, who was paid US$500,000 to drop the charges, said he and his two children were just getting on with their lives.
‘We don’t really care, we’re not interested, and at the end of the day I will do what I like regardless of what she says,’ he told News Corp.
The 32-year-old’s stunning revelation came after his ex-wife accused him of neglecting their children and refusing Australian embassy welfare checks.
Ms Faulkner said she had not heard from Lahela and Noah in a year and the only photos she saw were school pictures and shots sent to her anonymously.
‘He’ll say he is abiding by all the court orders but it’s not true and ultimately the kids are the real victims, they are the ones losing. I’d do anything to know they are okay, it’s been two years. We’ve tried and tried to contact them,’ she said.
Earlier this month she implied Mr Elamine was seeing another woman, a stunning blonde he was seen surfing with, and left the kids with a nanny.
‘They choose to be naive about the pain they are causing two tiny children, who would feel confusion everyday,’ she wrote on Facebook.
‘Every day they are left in the village with a maid and their grandmother. I would like to think a human being could not be so self consumed, but not everyone is capable of empathy.’
But Mr Elamine hit back, saying the children were surrounded by family and attended school, and that there was a mix up when embassy officials came and the kid’s weren’t there.
‘Anything I say is spun against me and for sure it’s all done on her part… I don’t care about anything but my kids… and when they grow up they will know what she has done,’ he said.
He vowed to tell both the children, when they were older, about what their mother did in snatching them, so they would ‘have enough evidence to know what is right’.
Mr Elamine also claimed he surfed with Australian Ambassador to Lebanon Glenn Milne ‘every weekend’ and so would have been told if there was a problem.
News of their supposed surfing trips incensed Ms Faulkner, saying it destroyed her faith in humanity.
‘The same Ambassador that witnessed it all. The man who’s home I stayed at, the day I was released from prison after trying to recover my children,’ she said.
‘The man who saw just how broken Ali had left me on that day.’
The Department of Foreign Affairs said Mr Milne surfed in the same area as Mr Elamine near the Lebanese man’s beach club in Jiyeh, 30km south of Beirut.
‘Mr Miles surfs for private recreation and has, by chance, surfed at the same location as Mr Elamine on several occasions, along with many others also at the same surf break,’ DFAT said in a statement.
‘They have not socialised together. No special arrangements are required for access to the public beach in question.’
Ms Faulkner consistently posts old photos of Lahela and Noah on social media as well a the few she got from Lebanon, pleading with her ex to bring them back.
‘What happened Ali? What did our children do to deserve this? What did I ever do as their mother to deserve this? Remember this moment?’ she wrote next to pictures of the family smiling inside a cable car years earlier.
Earlier she posted photos of the children looking downcast in Beirut and compared them to happier-looking photos when they were with her.
One showed Lahela looking distracted, not facing the camera, and standing apart from her classmates during school photo in December.
‘What is she thinking in this moment? She looks so lost,’ she wrote.
‘I miss you Lahela. I hope you were looking out the window dreaming of the moment you and your brother come home and are truly happy again.
‘I just want to cuddle you and never let go. Don’t be sad baby. Please don’t be sad.
‘Ali, look at our little girl’s face. Isn’t this enough for you?’
Ms Faulkner also posted a shot of the little girl frowning at her fifth birthday last year and compared it to her smiling on her fourth.
‘Sickening. How’s your power trip going, Ali? Still convincing yourself you’ve done the right thing?’ she wrote.
Another photo, this time of Noah, was along the same lines, accompanied by the caption ‘you can’t tell me you’ve done the right thing, Ali’.
On Wednesday Ms Faulkner posted a haunting poem by Liz Archer which she implied applied directly to her situation and was clearly directed at Mr Elamine.
‘My children stolen and their minds warped, a nightmare started to unfold. I told my kids I loved them, but they looked at me now so cold,’ it read.
‘The words they said to me were so unkind, I could hear your voice within them, as clear as day I was not blind…
‘Character assassination was your game, a smear campaign you ran. It seems for me to exist as mother… you’d placed a total ban.
‘You’ve taught your children to psychologically repress a part of themselves to psychologically kill and deny a loving parent.
‘What does that say about you as a parent? What does this say about you as a person?’