Almost exactly three years ago, Aya Hijazi, a U.S. citizen, her Egyptian husband Mohamed Hassanein and four other humanitarian workers were arrested and summarily imprisoned in a Cairo jail on the trumped up charges that the group of humanitarian workers were engaged in human smuggling operations.
According to the Washington Post, Hijazi and her entourage became the “global face of Egypt’s brutal crackdown on civil society.”
Years passed and the group reportedly suffered abuse, neglect and the deprivations of a kangaroo court that left them wasting away in jail.
Just over two weeks after Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi met with President Trump at the White House, however, the group was released and on a plane home to Virginia by April 20.
Calling from the aircraft late in the night, Bazel Hijazi, Aya’s brother, told the Post, “We’re very grateful that President Trump personally engaged with the issue. Working closely with the Trump administration was very important for my family at this critical time. It let us be reunited as a family. We’re so grateful.”
As usual, the mainstream media has ignored the great story
Republicans praised the victory, saying that the President “handled it the way things like this should be handled”. Obama officials, who refused to make a public issue over the groups detainment, have been left once again humiliated by their inaction as compared to the action of President Trump.
The released detainees will be meeting with the President on April 21 where they will undoubtedly thank him for his leadership.
Bazel expressed the emotions felt at having the family re-united, “We’re crying with relief to have them out.”