KIDNAPPED! An S.O.S. For Mona Yacoub

The Crime

While Catholicism isn’t the prevailing Christian denomination in Egypt, there are certainly many Catholics living and worshipping in the land of the pharaohs. The Catholic community in the village of Fayoum was rocked on 8/17, when a young lady, Mona Yacoub, was kidnapped just 10 days before her wedding.

 A Muslim guy called Khalid had tried to win her several months earlier, and he is the prime suspect (unofficially, anyway) in the case.

Unfortunately, though, the officials aren’t being all that helpful. That’s why we’re taking matters into our own hands (but I’m getting ahead of myself).

Before I tell you how YOU can help, I should probably let you know the latest in this case.

You may be wondering why it’s taken nearly three weeks for the case to make headlines, and the truth is that the officials have been appeasing Mona’s friends and family for some time now, assuring them that they were on the case, and even making dates to bring Mona back to her family.

These officials, however, keep standing the Yacoub family up.

Unsurprising, of course (since this IS Egypt and the Yacoubs ARE Christians), but hardly welcome behavior from the people who are supposed to be protecting the people in their town. (What was that old saying about the fox in the henhouse..?) In any case, a video has recently come out, depicting a drugged up Mona, saying that she is still a Christian, but that she signed a paper for a “gawaz orfi”(marriage by agreement, rather than church wedding) and is now married.

The Motive

For those who wonder what the big deal is “since she is alive and well and can just divorce Khalid or her kidnapper and marry her fiancé,” they must not know the mindset of the Egyptian man, and especially, the mindset of the Saiidi man. Men from Upper Egypt (the Saiid) are quite keen on family honor, pride, and the like. So it could be that the kidnappers were striking at the pride of the family, knowing that her father and her fiancé would never welcome her back if she had either married or lost her virginity (to a Muslim, no less).

Another reason that she may have been kidnapped is that Arab and Egyptian (and particularly Muslim) men can easily become obsessed with the object of their affection.

So perhaps this Khalid pulled this stunt in order get her, or, more insidiously, to get her back for spurning him in the first place.

A third reason that this could have happened is because of the family Mona came from. Her sister is a nun at a local convent, and her uncle is a priest in the Catholic church.

This may not make sense to Western readers until they read the following excerpt from “Confessions of a former Islamist.”

“The cost in the seventies and early eighties was about five thousand Egyptian pounds for the entrapment of each girl. The money was split so that the Muslim man who lured the Christian woman into conversion received half and the members of the police and collaborating associations would receive the other half. The work of the proselytizing associations in Egypt continues to take place and the payments for deceptive conversions are now higher. Today the average payment for an ordinary girl is ten thousand Egyptian pounds and payments can be as high as two hundred thousand Egyptian pounds if the girl is from a well-known Christian family, or is the daughter of a university professor, a deputy minister, or related to someone from the clergy.” (From : )

So, as you can see—straight from the horse’s mouth, as it were—there are some pretty nefarious agents out there, and it’s clear that they work for “Allah,” aka “The Devil.”

So what can we do, then?

The Call to Action

It’s very simple; if you ask yourself “Self, how many kidnappings have I heard of in the past six or twelve months?” the answer won’t be a huge number.

This is likely because not many people hear about this string of sadness, and those who do make it their business to follow what’s going on in Egypt or the Coptic Church.

This time, however, a new angle has been introduced—Catholicism.

I wonder if the international Catholic Church will do more to help their daughter than the Orthodox church has “done” in the past? (This is not a slam on the Coptic church, only an exclamation of disgust from someone whose blood is BOILING over the dozens and hundreds of girls that get kidnapped, attacked, or even seduced EVERY SINGLE MONTH.

Anyone who says that it’s an uncommon practice doesn’t know what he’s talking about. (You’ll notice I said “he’s talking about,” and that is because most women know the stunts that men can pull, especially when money, sex, or “paradise” are the carrots dangling in front of them.)

On to what YOU can do, it’s very simple (as I may have mentioned above).

Just pretend this is the Gospel and SPREAD the (not-so-Good) news. TELL people about this poor girl.

Tell your friends online, skip the gossip and share THIS around the water cooler, or even just forward this and other articles to people who might be interested.

Also, educate yourself about kidnapping. It happens all over Egypt, and most cases end up in tragedy, not with a “happy ending.”

That’s not to say that there’s NEVER a happy ending, only that they’re few and far-between. Here are some great articles that elucidate what’s going on:

and this is an excellent analysis by Magdy Khalil:

Finally, for the Catholics out there, WRITE to your bishop or priest, and ask them to tell the Pope about his Egyptian daughter whose status as a Christian is hanging in the balance.

Our ultimate goal is to get the Pope to ask Mubarak to intervene and BRING MONA BACK.

You know, I just finished listening to an audio file from  (it’s in Arabic, just in case you happen to understand the language) and I was blown away by her fiancé’s interview; lots of Egyptian guys would (in their insecurity) either write off a missing wife-to-be, or be discouraged by a video that stated she was married to another.

This guy, however, is a prince, and unequivocally stated that he wouldn’t believe her sham of a “gawaz orfi” unless he heard it from her own lips.

May God protect Mona and bring her back to her prince of a fiancé, and give them many wonderful years together, serving Him and using their sad experience for good, and for the protection of a whole generation of girls who simply can’t believe that the Ahmed, Mohammed or Khalid next door could ever be capable of the crimes their “religion” allows, and, in fact, encourages.

By Sara Ghorab


16 Responses to “KIDNAPPED! An S.O.S. For Mona Yacoub”

  1. Girl Kidnapped From Fayoom, Egypt « Unpopular Arab Thoughts That All Arabs Have Thought Says:

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  2. blacklander Says:

    Appalling, simply appalling. It’s about time we stand up to the facts and quit meaningless rhetoric.
    Egyptian security is notorious for masking any kind of conflicts between Muslims and Copts, thinking by debunking events they’re “protecting the unity of the country”.

    Unity comes from freedom, from security, from knowing you live in a country that protects you and your beliefs.
    I watched the interview with Mona, and I’ve NEVER trusted anything happening under the turf of Amn El-Dawla. I’ll never believe this girl married that man willingly unless she tells it to her family, her priests, in her family house, in her church, miles away from Amn El-Dawla.

    There’s an Egypt I believe in, that represnts the unique mixture we’ve always had, of pharaohs, romans, arabs, turks, muslims, copts, jews, armenians, albanians, and all teh shades in between. That Egypt does NOT let her children down like this.
    You’re right, we can treat this as a contemporary gospel, and spread the word.

    I’m a southerner myself, and if the girl was forced to marry this man then it’s rape. Rape is punishable by death by both secular and religious laws in Egypt, and by strict southerner traditions.

    Few things left to say.
    It’s ridiculous to cloak events, and try to make things look A-OK. They are not, there are inequalities that must be addressed, caused by the government first and foremost. The legendary Amn El-Dawla is perfectly capable of locating anyone, doing anything, absolutely anything if ordered to.

    It’s beyond me that the pope would continue support for electing NDP president and MPs over and over. If this government is not treating copts with dignity-and all Egyptians for that matter-, then STOP VOTING THEM IN. I know votes mean SQUAT in Egypt, but let it be a cry of distress, saying that this government doesn’t represent Egyptians.

    Another thing I need to know is YOUR Egypt, Sara. What do you want it to be?
    Is it a united, equal, free country? Or a sectarian separatist divided country? Do we promote tolerance or vengance? Dialogue or rhetoric? Openness or mutual xenophobia?

    Their “religion” allows no harm to innocents, Muslims or Coptics or Jews or Atheists. Anyone who claims otherwise needs to get re-acquainted with Islam. Any Muslim who assumes he can harm others because they’re not Muslims is a disgrace to all Muslims.

    My name is Asser, Asser Abdel-Hamid Hassan. Muslim, and a proud Egyptian. Proud of what this country could be, proud of you, proud of others like you, Muslims and Copts, proud of this generation, and proud of what we could do together.

    Like the Ahmed, Mohammed, or Khaled (not necessarily that Khaled) next door, I could be your friend.

    I join you in praying for Mona and her family, and I wish from the bottom of my heart than the truth will out.

    My request -plea if you will- to you is this…

    NEVER stop fighting for coptic rights, as Egyptians, because we all belong to an ancient civilization that MUST be freed of all prejudice, on all side.

    Never excuse the wrong-doers, but don’t toss millions of your countrymen in the same basket of rotten eggs.

    I am your countryman, and I share that identity with you, and I’m proud to call you my countrywoman.

    مع احترامي وتقديري لك
    ومساندتي غير المشروطة لكل مصري مظلوم
    واعتزازي اللانهائي بالهوية التي تجمعنا
    وحبي لهذا الوطن الحزين


  3. MechanicalCrowds Says:

    Problems like this have to be solved from the root… or else they will just keep happening.

  4. somebody Says:

    From where did you get the figures dear that say hundreds of christian girls are seduced kidnapped every month? who is your “credible” source?

    Every time i pass by your blog, notice the severe tone of criticism aganist the coptic chruch as if they are the source of all evil and followed by the strange wink of the catholic angels!! as if the coptic chruch is the church of daemons who give up their daughters, saddened that someone is still thinking that way in the 21st century.

    You know nothing about coptic chruch efforts and predicament they are put in because of some spoiled girls.

    Seduction is not a crime in the eyes of the law, and if a girl gone with her own will and fell into muslims’ nest and married him “legally”, no one can do a thing aganist him even the pope of the Vatican!!

    You should have read this before yor worte your entry.

  5. Karim Says:


    I love egypt and all egyptians. Catholics , coipts and muslims. Before you start attacking the country verify your “credible” sources and lets done get dragged by propaganda that harms and wastes time more than any benifit.

    Here is an audio recording of the girl saying that she wasn`t kidnapped and all whats published is just bs.

    Reporting is more of responsibility than it is of just writing.

  6. Faisal Says:

    Sarah, I’ve always supposed that with the comments I’ve made and the responses you’ve written that even though we disagree, we aren’t at each other’s throats.

    You yourself said that your bark is bigger than your bite.

    I have but one comment to make. Just one.

    ” it’s clear that they work for “Allah,” aka “The Devil.” ”

    Id like to be able to do that someday… to sometimes voice out my opinion that although christians in Egypt are being persecuted that they exaggerate sometimes.

    I’d like to be able to call people who do not follow my official religious faith heathens and call their god “The Devil”.

    But, since you are Egyptian and should be wiser (or at least more knowledgeable), what’s up with that Allah and Not “God” thing. Writing for a western audience and using pre-conceptions that ALLAH is a different god than GOD?

    El wa7ed 7asses enno wa7da wa7da 7agat zay keda betzo2o enno yebtedee yeshtem howa kaman.

    But I won’t, we yalla, mahee magatsh 3alaikee. Allah is The Devil ya setee, we nez3al leih?

  7. saraghorab Says:

    To Asser, thank you for your prayers about Mona, but also your kindness and support. You are what I wish all Muslims were like. (This sounds like a slam on Islam, but it’s actually a compliment to you!) From your excellent response, I think I would like you to replace Mubarak 🙂 YOU, my brother, would preserve the Egypt I want, an Egypt where I can worship Jesus and you can worship Allah, and we can agree to disagree about how to go to Heaven, but we can come together as colleagues, friends, even brother and sister–with no threat of harm from my Christian friends (to you) or danger of conversion (just in case this would be a problem for me) or even gossip, which we all know Egyptians would suggest. That’s another big thing I want to change about Egyptians–the male-female thing. The Egypt I want wouldn’t frown upon me if I went to dinner with you, Asser, or if I took Faisal to coffee to apologize for my latest tirade.

    Well, there you are, my vision of Egypt. Notice I didn’t say anything about 3adam el akhla2 we 7agat keda, I don’t want another America! All I want is the freedom to do what I want–in regards to prayer or hanging out or even choosing to marry outside the faith– without getting stoned by my brother. Which would happen to me, by the way. (Not joking.)

    Anyway, Asser, thanks for your comment and sorry for prattling. By the way, I really like your photo, very stylish! 🙂
    To Karim, thanks for sharing the link, but I saw that before it was even on Copts United site. I also saw something else that wasn’t online…
    To Somebody, thank you for your constructive critique, and I AGREE WITH YOU, if the girl just left by her will, she is to be punished for her selfishness in creating such a rift (remember the wife of the priest?). On the other hand, if she was indeed snatched, we are obligated to help her, or else we don’t deserve to be called her “brothers in Christ,” even if she’s catholic and we aren’t.
    Finally, to my beloved Faisal, I am so sorry for saying this strong words, but I had just been reading this blog and and got kind of caught up in the strong language there. I do agree with the guy, though, Allah is not the same as the one I pray to, because the Allah I pray to has a Son called Jesus. I wish wish wish that our faiths had more in common, if only for reasons of keeping the peace (not in regards to jihad and all, but in regards of having the unity that goes with being part of the same team. But I believe we’re on the same team called “Egyptians” and “Peace-lovers” and most definitely “Cool People.”
    Forgive me ya Faisal, and don’t be offended that I can’t accept your faith. Please don’t start eshteming, it’s your tolerant spirit that I love and admire, and that I wish I can also have. In any case, we don’t have to agree on religion to be friends, do we? I hope not, for I count you as not only my friend, but my brother, too. I hope I get to meet you one day soon inshallah!
    Salamaat and many prayers for your well-being,

  8. Faisal Says:


    Mashee ya setee. Yekhreb baitik (not in a bad way!) diplomat gamda wallahee!

    No, we don’t have to agree on a religion to be friends. Not at all. Khales ya3nee.

    “Cool People”, eh? Wallahee de7ektee 3alaya bel kelmetain doal. Cool People it is, then. 🙂

  9. saraghorab Says:

    Ahlan ya Faisal, ya Amir Nass el Kool, so glad to know you agree with me that we can agree to disagree..

    3ala fekra, when I run for the Diplomacy, you can be my campaign manager. Hehehe.

  10. neferteeti Says:

    Thank you for speaking about this issue. I know not everyone agrees that this actually happens in Egypt (well by not everyone, i mean mostly our Muslim brothers and sisters)…but please consider this:

    + in the cases where the girls are minors: regardless of them going willingly or otherwise, its still illegal and a crime…one that the authorities cover up nontheless and thats the bigger disastor.

    + in cases like Mona…i’m afraid you can’t really say “well she said in the interview that she wasn’t forced”!!!

    For God’s sake guys…would she actually say that on TV??? with the “husband” sitting right next to her as well???

    Yeah I can just see it “Mona, were you forced to marry “whats-his-name”?”

    “well….ummmm…you know, now that i think about…yes i was!!…ok i want to go back to mummy now”

    She is 25, he’s in his 40s…he’s married with 4 children, and he has a criminal record…she’s an educated girl, pretty, engaged, good family and her sister is a nun

    hmmmm, match made in heaven!!! of course!

  11. saraghorab Says:

    hi nefertiti, i agree with all your comments 100%! i am honored that you would leave a comment here when i have been an ardent supporter and fan of your blog for so long. God bless you and i really really hope that mubarak does something soon, so that we bloggers aboot masr and the mashakel there are ‘put out of business’.. i would be happy to have nothing to write about!! 🙂

  12. caroline Says:

    i would like from the church to do a big confrance sharing with other religious in Egypt to put some ruls to prevent these kind of crims under { ildin} as soon as possible.

  13. Sue Cifelli Says:

    I and the prayer network I administer have been praying for Mona since we learned of her kidnapping. Please email me if you are able to get an update on her situation.

    You have a wonderfully informative BLOG.
    warm regards,
    Sue Cifelli

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