Sorry, can’t help you there

The father of Kianna and Gunnar Berg wrote to me today. He didn’t recognize one of Kianna’s photos and wanted to know its origin. He said he thought it might provide clues to her location. Unfortunately I had to disappoint him; the photo came from Kianna’s NCMEC poster.

Gunnar and Kianna were taken by their non-custodial mother to Japan 20 months ago. They haven’t had contact with their father since then and he doesn’t know where they’re at, though given the recent problems in Japan he must be worried sick. But I have heard that there’s the possibility that American citizens in Japan (including parental abduction victims) may be evacuated to the US in the light of all that’s been going on there. I told Mr. Berg that — in case he didn’t already know. I hope that happens, and a little good can come of all that tragedy.

Out of curiosity, I checked to see how many family abduction kids on Charley are thought to be in Japan. I believe there are about 20. A few have been gone for over ten years.

8 thoughts on “Sorry, can’t help you there

  1. Kat April 11, 2011 / 6:54 pm

    That is so sad. The poor man must be worried (even more) sick now. I was thinking about that too, actually, about the child abduction cases that have ended up in Japan. Goodness knows what happened to them all.

  2. forthelost April 11, 2011 / 9:43 pm

    Oh, and he hasn’t heard from them at all since the earthquake.

  3. Kat April 11, 2011 / 10:15 pm

    How awful…had he heard anything before? I know that there’s still a lot of chaos over there..maybe they are fine and just in transit like a lot of people are.

  4. Jaime April 12, 2011 / 6:26 am

    I watched an abc news report before the earthquake about kids kidnapped to Japan. The state dept. said that out of the hundreds of cases of missing kids that they have investigated not one has been returned by Japan. The only way they come back is after they turn 18, they bring themselves back. The Chicago Tribune just did a similar story over Russia. Russia hasnt returned any abducted kids either.

  5. Celeste April 14, 2011 / 12:32 am

    I think Christopher Gulbraa, who escaped from Japan sometime ago, was one of the lucky ones. I was reading up on the story of how he and his brother Michael were kidnapped to Japan in 2001 by their mother and step-father. Their mother is, from what I understand, a japanese national which means that she’s safe in Japan from any US prosecution because joint custody isn’t recognized and kidnapping your own child isn’t considered to be a crime. 😦
    I really do feel sorry for the left behind fathers and I think there’s one mother who’s child is in Japan.
    And to think that Gunnar and Kianna are still in Japan with their mother because there are no hauge treaties with Japan and there are nummerous cases of Japanese nationals who have stolen their children from their fathers.

  6. dbergsan June 21, 2011 / 9:38 am

    I am the father. Every month or so I do searches on my children Gunnar and Kianna Berg and I came across this blog. The level of cruelty that I and my fellow left behind parents (LBP) face is beyond what any person should ever have to come across. I write, write an write letters but nothing – not one response. I know other LBPs write their kids too and the letters come back ripped up. That is just wrong! One father recently traveled to Japan, a CDR in the Navy, and the grandmother would not let him see his own child not even for a minute. But cruelest of all comes from the Japanese government. LBPs have requested the Dept of State (DoS) write the Japanese Government and request a status update on our children after the devastating tsunami. All we want to know is that our children are alive and Okay. The DoS has made this request twice but there has been NO response. The government cares so little about us they will not even let us know if our kids are alive or dead. They know but they won’t tell us. We (LBP) continue to call, we continue to write but we hear nothing. The same deaf ear, the same unanswered letter. I have heard nothing since the abduction in August of 2009. My son is almost 12 years old and knows how to use a computer, but I am not surprised he has not contacted me. He lives in fear of his mother and knows there will be physical and mental abuse if he ever reaches out to me. This is cruelty which is beyond my comprehension. My precious Gunnar and Kianna are living through a situation that is beyond what any child was meant to deal to go through.

  7. Nadine December 16, 2011 / 3:29 pm

    Hi. I am looking for an email address to contact the person running The Charley Project. I consistently use the database here for research, and would love to know who I can give the credit to.
    This is an amazing thing done for missing persons.

    • Meaghan December 18, 2011 / 8:23 pm

      Go to the Charley Project frontpage and look at the bottom.

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