- 28 Oct 16
Somaia Halawa discusses the turbulent Egyptian summer of 2013 which led to her brother Ibrahim’s unjust imprisonment – and the family’s subsequent efforts to secure his release.
Ibrahim Halawa was just 17 in 2013, when a violent coup, led by General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi against Egypt’s democratically elected president, Mohammad Morsi, triggered the collapse of the latter’s government and the installation of a military dictatorship.
An Irish citizen, Ibrahim had just finished his Leaving Cert at the time. Full of hope – and the once in a lifetime feeling of expectation which school leavers experience – Ibrahim travelled to Egypt with his sisters to visit relatives.
They went without any political purpose whatsoever in mind. But a series of events, propelled by the coup, led to their being arrested and detained in an Egyptian prison.