Canadian citizen Sarah Attia spent over a year and a half fighting for her husband’s freedom. She has spent the last twelve months, however, fighting for her entire family’s freedom. Sarah, her husband Khaled Al-Qazzaz and their four Canadian children feel stranded in Egypt and cannot return until a travel ban placed on Khaled is removed.
Khaled has very strong ties to Canada. He first came to Canada in 2000 and completed his Masters of Applied Sciences degree at the University of Toronto. He was a community mobilizer who passionately worked for social causes. He met and married Canadian born Sarah Attia. Khaled had nearly completed his citizenship requirements prior to moving to Egypt where he and Sarah worked on an educational project.The footprint he left behind in Canada resulted in thousands of Canadians advocating for his release and return home to Canada.
Sarah is a signatory to the "Protection Charter" released this week by Amnesty International and the Fahmy Foundation, which includes a list of principles meant to guide the Canadian government on how best to strengthen and improve its protections of Canadian citizens, permanent residents and those with close Canadian connections. The #KQFamily ordeal is a perfect example to illustrate Canada’s responsibility towards its citizens and permanent residents with strong ties to Canada.
Over a thousand emails have been sent to members of parliament since December 2015 encouraging the Canadian government to intervene at the highest levels of Egyptian government for the safe return of the young Canadian family back home to Canada.
Sarah’s brother, may be reached at 647-292-5049 or email@example.com
International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group
School of International Development and Global Studies
University of Ottawa
Friend of Sarah and Khaled
16135625800 ext. 6787
Dr. Mohamed Fadel
Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law
University of Toronto
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
Furher contact info for the above individuals can be provided by Ahmad Attia at 647-292-5049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.