CAIRO – 15 March 2018: Amid the lack of information regarding the murder of 18-year-old Egyptian student Mariam Moustafa, and the slow investigation results that have been scorned more than once by the victim’s family and lawyer during their statements, British newspapers and Western media tended to reach for Egyptian websites to get the information they need, including Egypt Today.
Until Thursday, March 15 in the morning, only three British newspapers including the local paper of Nottingham highlighted the incident despite it took place on February 20.
issued statements condemning the incident and demanding the authorities to arrest whoever was involved in the attack.
Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in his statement that the ministry is following all of the case updates with her family and demanded the British authorities to take “more serious steps in investigating the abusers,” especially since they were captured by the CCTV cameras from the streets and bus where the incident took place.
18-year-old Egyptian student Mariam Moustafa/photo courtesy of twitter
The statement also accused the hospital were Moustafa was taken with “negligence”, as they gave her first aid treatment and checked her out while she needed more care; accordingly, she fell into coma shortly later. The ministry also hired Moustafa’s family a lawyer to follow the case’s legal updates, according to the statement.
Moustafa, who was attacked in Nottingham, UK, died on Wednesday, March 14 in hospital while being treated for serious brain damage caused by an attack from 10 girls, according to the legal counselor of the Egyptian embassy in London.
“Mariam has been in coma for three days after she underwent a critical surgery in the brain to treat her deteriorated condition,” lawyer Emad Abu Hussein told Egypt Today, revealing that the hospital she was admitted to failing to treat her. “The hospital sent her home despite her severe cerebral hemorrhage,” Abu Hussein added.
In late February, Mariam, was brutally beaten by 10 British women of African descent. The incident stirred condemnation from both the Egyptian Foreign Ministry and the British embassy in Cairo. Mariam’s family is preparing to travel to the UK in order to bring her body home, Abu Hussein stated.
Regardless of the following and rapid escalations in the incident; the western media only started to shed some light on the incident by Thursday evening. The lack of information and interest reached also to social media websites.
Social media users in Egypt launched the hashtag “Mariam’s right will not be wasted” expressing their deepest condolences to the victim’s family.