Mother Risks Life to Bring Kidnapped Daughter Home from Egypt


Alex Abou-El-Ella, a 29-year old from Berkshire England, donned a burqa and flew to Cairo to rescue her three-year old daughter Mona who was kidnapped by her Egyptian father two years before.


Alex Abou-El-Ella

She had the help of British author Donya al-Nahi, author of “Heroine of the Desert,” a Scottish born woman, dubbed “Jane Bond” in the British press for her help in retrieving countless children from Arab fathers who have stolen their children.

Alex, who had some contact with the father, knew where to go. She waited outside the father’s apartment until the child came out with a caretaker. She snatched the child into a waiting vehicle and flew home safely.

When she grabbed Mona, the child, understandably alarmed screamed in Arabic for her nanny. As they rode to the airport, Mona asked, ‘Are you my Mum?’ She knew who she was!

She finally recognized me and it was a beautiful moment for me, especially after not having her for the past two years,” she said.


Photo of Mona prior to kidnapping by her Egyptian father

No one was able to help her retrieve her daughter, including the Serious Organized Crime Agency and Interpol, prompting her to take matters into her own hands.

Full story at alarabiya