Her husband went to Libya, hoping to work and send money back home to his family in Egypt. Instead, she went to Libya to see his dead body. Ezzat Ibrahim Atallah and 50 of his Egyptian compatriots were captured, imprisoned, and tortured by an extreme Islamist group in Libya. This group accused them of prosyletizing, simply because they took Bibles and religious books with them. Ezzat is dead, but we still have time to advocate for the release of the rest of the prisoners.
We did not expect the new Libya to be a country prohibiting people from even worshiping God in their homes. It is a common practice for any Muslim or Christian traveling, especially for long periods of time, to bring with them their religious books. None of these books found with the prisoners were to be used for preaching.
We waited for intervention by the Egyptian and Libyan governments, and instead learned of the death of one of the prisoners, who went to Libya to support his family and now returns to them dead.
It is a shame on Libya’s revolution for such a thing to happen. We are waiting for stronger action from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry to resolve the issue promptly.