The Egyptian embassy in Yemen secured the release of a young Egyptian citizen who was forcibly detained in the home of her foster family in Aden. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the girl’s foster family attempted to force her to marry one of their own relatives.
According to a statement released by the ministry, the young girl called Chancellor Haddad El-Gohary and informed him of her detainment. El-Gohary contacted the local Aden security director and the criminal investigation director as well as the police chief.
With the help of the local authorities, the embassy extracted the girl from the house and hosted her temporarily.
According to El-Gohary the girl, whose identity he did not disclose, is currently being hosted by an Egyptian family in Yemen until she can be flown back to Egypt. “We expect she will return to Egypt by Thursday because there are a limited number of flights,” he said. “Her family has been informed and we expect to have them reunited by the end of the week.”
El-Gohary also added that investigations are underway in Yemen and the embassy is coordinating with authorities. “The most important thing right now is the wellbeing of the girl,” he said.