CBS News 60 Minutes tells the story of Samatha Seramur, an American mother who's three children were being held in Saudi Arabia by their father. Since Saudi Arabia is a patriarchal society, "the ex-wives need the permission of the fathers to gain entry to the country, let alone have any other contact with their children." American mothers have been pleading with the United States government to help them get their children out of Saudi Arabia, but the U. S. State Department does little is anything to assist them. Seramur allowed 60 Minutes to videotape the rescue of her children while their father was on vacation in Malaysia. "The material is so compelling and wrenching because it illustrates what is at stake when families are torn apart in his manner and no one is willing to help them."