Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz

894 Days | “Our voices are being heard” | Positive Development for Stranded Canadian Family in Egypt‏

Aaida Mamuji

894 Days

“Our voices are being heard” | Positive Development for Stranded Canadian Family in Egypt

Only one day following the widespread national media coverage on the unfortunate circumstances facing Canadian Sarah Attia, her husband – Canadian permanent resident Khaled Al-Qazzaz, and their four Canadian children, a positive development has already been made in their favour.  On Saturday December 12, Sarah successfully renewed her Egyptian visitor visa after Egyptian authorities informed the Canadian Ambassador that she was cleared to do so.  After 7 hours of questioning and waiting, Sarah is now considered to be legally residing in Egypt – a status that she was arbitrarily denied for three-months.  

The precarious situation facing the family, however, continues. Khaled’s arbitrary travel ban prohibits him from returning home to Canada, and the psychological trauma of having to travel home without their father is something the four Al-Qazzaz children, all under the age of 10, are not ready to face.

“These 4 Canadian children have been through so much over the past three years.  They just want to be home with their mom and dad,” explains Ahmad Attia, Sarah’s brother.  “Sarah has spent 10 months in Egypt waiting for the day that she can board a flight with her husband and children back to Canada. There is only one step left.”

Through the website http://emailyourmp.ca/, supporters of the #KQFamily have sent over a thousand letters to Canadian Members of Parliament, expressing their hopes that the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will telephone the Egyptian President demanding the safe return of the Canadian family to their home in Mississauga.

“Our voices are being heard.  We are being heard,” emphasizes Ahmad.  “I am praying that before Christmas I will be able to hug my sister, brother-in-law, and my nieces and nephew here in Canada.  It is that time of year where you truly long for family.”  Supporters are encouraged to send a letter to their MP, a task easily facilitated at http://emailyourmp.ca/.

 

Recent Media:

Parliament Hill Press conference

December 10, Charles Lynch Room, Parliament Center Block

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaaRZzxGrJ0#t=1106

CBC Power & Politics

Brother of Canadian stranded in Egypt makes passionate plea

http://www.msn.com/en-us/health/watch/brother-of-canadian-stranded-in-egypt-makes-passionate-plea/vp-AAggvqJ

CBC Radio Canada

Brother of Canadian woman stuck in Egypt pleads for Trudeau’s intervention

http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2015/12/10/brother-of-canadian-woman-stuck-in-egypt-pleads-for-trudeaus-intervention/

CBC Radio Canada

Brother of Canadian woman stuck in Egypt pleads for Trudeau’s intervention

http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2015/12/10/brother-of-canadian-woman-stuck-in-egypt-pleads-for-trudeaus-intervention/

Globe and Mail

Canada urged to help family of ex-Egyptian aide trapped in Cairo

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canada-urged-to-help-family-of-ex-egyptian-aide-trapped-in-cairo/article27700546/

Reuters

Canada urged to help family of ex-Mursi aide trapped in Egypt

http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCAKBN0TT25920151210

CJ800 Barry Morgan

A Canadian citizen had been held in Egypt for 10 months now - December 10, 2015

https://soundcloud.com/barry-morgan-show/a-canadian-citizen-had-been-held-in-egypt-for-10-months-now-december-10-2015

 

Contacts For Media Interviews:

Ahmad Attia
Sarah’s brother, may be reached at 647-292-5049 or ahmad.attia@gmail.com

Nadia Abu-Zahra
Associate Professor
School of International Development and Global Studies
University of Ottawa
Friend of Sarah and Khaled

Dr. Mohamed Fadel
Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law
University of Toronto

Erna Paris
Author, Historian, Journalist
Sarah Attia’s friend and supporter

Prof. Dr. Greg Evans
Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
University of Toronto
Sarah Attia Undergraduate and Master’s Supervisor

Contact info for the above individuals can be provided by Ahmad Attia at 647-292-5049 or ahmad.attia@gmail.com.