Exile: Day 143: “I left my family suddenly overnight… left everything behind me… my children…”
Unlike my former employer NDI, Freedom House continues to aggressively advocate for their employees who were convicted five months ago in Egypt’s NGO trial… for that advocacy, I thank them.
This new short film tells the heart-breaking impact this trial has had on our lives through the stories of Sameer Jarrah, Nancy Okail, and Mohamed Abdel Aziz. I first met Nancy and Mohamed in an Egyptian courtroom cage… they are two extraordinary Egyptians and I am proud to call them friends.
“I left my family suddenly overnight… left everything behind me… my children, I have three children. My younger child, who’s three years old… every time he sees a plane he asks his mother to tell the pilot to come down to take the plane to come and see me…” – Mohamed Abdel Aziz, convicted to two years of hard labour.
It is time for these convictions to be overturned so Sameer, Nancy and Mohamed can go home to their families.