Wife of former prime minister investigated for child abuse



Sun, 12 Mar 2017 - 08:54 GMT


Sun, 12 Mar 2017 - 08:54 GMT

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CAIRO – 12 March 2017: The prosecution called in Najd Mohamed Khamis, wife of former Egyptian Prime Minister Atef Ebeid and CEO and owner of an orphanage in 6 October City, to testify regarding incidents of child abuse that allegedly took place in the orphanage,

Al-Masry Al-Youm reported


The orphanage’s former supervisor is accused of “torturing” 16 children who bear scratches and wounds on different parts of their bodies. Preliminary forensic results further revealed signs of torture and a burn on one child’s genitals.

A committee formed by the Minister of Social Solidarity inspected the orphanage and noticed violations in the ventilation system, bad food and beverage quality, and signs of torture, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm.

The children confirmed in the investigation they were tortured and sexually abused by some of their supervisors.

Ahmed Meselhi, head of the Children’s Defense Network, told

El Badil

on March 1 that 40 orphanages were shut down in one year, indicating huge violations.

“The supervisors know that the kids cannot reach the authorities to complain, which has made these orphanages a venue for violations, whether sexual abuse, beatings or others,” Meselhi said.

The most recently reported incident involved the rape of 34 children in an orphanage in Ain Shams neighborhood by older children. An incident in November proved five girls were beaten and burned in another orphanage, which was accordingly shut down by the ministry. A third tragedy was uncovered by chance through social media, proving the supervisors in an orphanage denied the children food and promoted cigarettes and drugs in addition to cases of homosexuality among the children.



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