Rowan county mom testifies before US lawmakers

A Rowan county mother prepares to testify before a senate committee on the issue of international child abductions.

Storm clouds hang over Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, as the Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate stand at an impasse with Congress continuing to struggle over how to fund the government and prevent a possible shutdown. The Democratic-led Senate was ready Friday to approve legislation to keep the U.S. government running, but disputes with the Republican-run lower chamber of Congress ensured that the battle would spill over into the weekend, as a potential shutdown hurtles closer. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

ROWAN CO., Ky. (WKYT) - A Rowan county mother had the chance to address federal lawmakers Thursday.

Noelle Hunter testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the epidemic of international child abductions.

Hunter has been fighting for custody of her daughter, Muna.

The child's father took her to Africa just before Christmas in 2011 and did not return.

Hunter says she hopes the testimony will lead to an improved process for how the federal government and relative agencies can better work to bring children home who are abducted and taken overseas.

You can track Hunter's progress as she continues the fight to get her daughter back to the U.S. at

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