Murder and Rape Attempt of 5-Year-Old Egyptian Girl Raises Public Anger

Zeina Arafa murder victimEgypt woke up to the shocking murder and attempted rape of 5-year-old Zeina Arafa. In a nation boiling with political unrest, social and religious oppression, the murder and rape attempt of the 5-year-old girl from Port Said, one of the most important Egyptian cities, created mainstream rage and raised public awareness for the dangers that Egyptian children, and females in particular, are facing in the streets.

Port Said is a duty-free port. Its economy is based on fishing and industry. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, Port Said was a cosmopolitan city with a mesh of religions and nationalities coexisting in peace, filling its streets and suburbs. Ever since the 2011 revolution, the city’s state has been declining to the worse. The deterioration became too much for the Port Said people after the February 2012 soccer massacre where fans of the Port Said-based soccer team Al-Masry assaulted Cairene fans of the rival team, Al Ahly. The clashes resulted in 72 deaths from the Ahly fans and left the city stumbling under an unofficial economic and social boycott.

The recent incident took place in Port Said which led to shedding the public light on the war-torn city. Port Said has witnessed over five wars starting from World War II and continuing up to the recent 2011 revolutionary clashes. Port Said people are described as hot-blooded and level-headed and the horrific death of Arafa has left them enraged, flooding the streets in mass protests demanding justice.

On Thursday, November 14, police investigations uncovered the mystery behind the death of 5-year-old Zeina Arafa who reached Al Solomon Hospital in Port Said with multiple injuries and massive bone fractures. Arafa died as soon as she reached the hospital. The coroner’s report indicated signs of sexual assault as well as bone and spinal cord fractures, severed brachial arteries, hemorrhage and shock due to free fall.

Despite initial reports attributing Arafa’s death to accidental slipping from the roof of the building, further investigations proved the involvement of two teenage males who lived with Arafa in the same building in her murder. The two males: Alaa A.A. (the doorman of the building, 18) and Mahmoud M.K. (another resident in the building, 17) lured the little girl from where she was playing out in the street. The defendants attempted to rape her and when she tried to scream, they panicked and threw her off the roof of the building. The defendants are sent to 15 days of prison pending investigations on charges of murder and attempted rape of a child under 13.

The accident is not the first of its kind but with the rising sexual tension and the widespread blessing of Muslim child marriages which is actually euphemism for pedophilia, fear for women and children’s safety is getting stronger. Around 17 percent of Egyptian women between 20 and 24 admit to having been married before the age of 18, many even before the age of 15. Sexual tension and violence has risen to the extreme in Egypt’s main cities as well as the rural parts.

Social media burst with angry and sympathetic posts concerning the Zeina Arafa crime. There were enraged posts on Facebook advising parents not to allow their children out of the house alone under any circumstances. Women were advised to carry mace or self-defense tools before getting out into the streets. Many Facebook pages were made in memory of Arafa and in solidarity with her mother who appeared on national TV crying and asking for justice. There will be solidarity marches in memory of Arafa as well as demands for laws to impose harsher penalties for sexual harassment as well as protecting child rights.

Many activists are calling for including children’s rights in the new constitution. Imposing child protection laws will help end the scary journey which Egyptian children face everyday out in the streets or in schools. Over 81 percent of Egyptian children declared they were beaten at home and 92 percent were beaten at school. Over 800,000 children between ages 5-14 years are involved in child labor. Up to 200,000 street children in Egyptian cities are subject to abuse and exploitation.

Egyptian intellectuals and activists are warning against a future era of extreme violence against women and children. Sex crimes against women are rarely discouraged and punishment for the accused doesn’t take place except in rare cases.

The solidarity march is expected to take place on November 30th, 2013 and will take place in front of the High Supreme Court building.

By: Jaylan Salah

Murder of Zeina Arafa shocks Egyptian society (Arabic link)

UNICEF report on state of Egyptian women and children

Children’s rights statistics in Egypt

22 Responses to "Murder and Rape Attempt of 5-Year-Old Egyptian Girl Raises Public Anger"

  1. sharon.mable   April 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I really hate people that harm children. I always wanted to have a daughter but I only have 4 boys maybe I am not fit to have a little girl I will put this little angel in my prayers tonite they should have a line of well endowed guys show thesr guys how that innocent little girl felt then they should have the whole towne beat them till they are halfway dead then heal them and let the tourcher carry on for several months then let them die from starvation and let the vultures eat them alive maybe a few hungry lions as well. Enjoy hell you pedofilles

  2. Julia Ferguson   November 24, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Death is too good for vermin like this. Strip them naked, sit them in a very public place and in shackles for hands and feet and let starving dogs deal with them. Let them feel the terror this innocent little girl endured. Really, there is no punishment vile enough for these evil animals

    • Khaled Maksoud   November 24, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      egypt is a state of law and by law they shall be trialed

      • Anonymous   December 9, 2013 at 7:30 am

        Khaled, do you think that the trial would be fair, considering the fact that they are Muslim males (notice I did not say “men”) and the child was female? I believe the Koran says that Muslim females are worth half that of a Muslim male. I’m not saying either way whether is would be fair or not. I’m just seriously doubt it.

        • Anonymous   December 9, 2013 at 7:33 am

          I pray that justice is served, in any case. No child should ever have to deal with such cruelty! What a beautiful child she was!

        • Emily   February 20, 2014 at 1:38 pm

          In the Koran it says that men and women are equal under the eye of Allah. Get your facts straight. Don’t blame a religion, Egypt just has a crappy government.

  3. Tracy   November 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Christopher children are all over the streets in Egypt even younger than 5 year old and parents there have a big trust in there doormen “boabs” Its sickening and hang the bastards!! And the salafi’s and MB who said that it is God punishing her family as her father has been in trouble well SHAME ON YOU!! You are a disgrace !!! What GOD do you worship certainly not mine!!

    • Kimberly   February 2, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Anyone that says a child’s abuse, rape or death has anything to do with Karma is the biggest piece of garbage. The society there is based on violence and hate, people are so mad about being poor and dirty that they will do anything for kicks. Islam teaches that cruelty is love or better yet that there is no such thing as love. Things like this make it so hard to believe in a God. How could a God let so many innocent lives be taken forcefully all over the world. It is cruel.

      • Emily   February 20, 2014 at 1:44 pm

        Don’t blame Islam for a country’s ignorance. Islam is a religion of peace. Egypt is just a country filled with ignorant people. Read a Koran before you go and judge Islam. You don’t see us judging Christianity, even with all the racism that goes on in America. A country does NOT define a religion.

  4. petalsdad1Jackie   November 23, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I am rapidly losing faith as every day the Muslims wickedness is uncovered, thank god for social media as our government refuse to allow any news like this to be aired, every day I retreat a bit more from the world, I rarely go out because of the fear these animals spread, I no longer trust my country to eject these heathens, more mosques are built daily, we will be voting UKIP now because the liblabdems. Have allowed Britain to sink into barbarity,

    • Emily   February 20, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Dude, this crime is happening in EGYPT. It has nothing to do with religion. DON’T blame the religion of Islam for an ignorant peoples actions. Do NOT judge Islam by it’s followers judge it by its words from the Koran.

      You don’t see us judging Christianity by the rapists in America. A country’s actions does not define a religion.

  5. Ulf Claesson   November 23, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Islam, the most psychotic of ideologies, allows this to happen due to its inate misogyny. To come to terms with this spreading evil, islam, as a religion and political force, must be combattated everywhere and at all cost. Yes, these sort of crimes happen everywhere, not least of all in more secular, western nations, we all know that, but no one in their right minds can deny the extreme violation of women of all ages, in the wake of islam’s cancerous spread across the globe. Hate islam, slam islam, fight islam, now and tomorrow.

    • Aya Khedr   November 23, 2013 at 4:40 am

      who told you that Islam allows this to happen , just mention your source otherwise you will be just a parrot of what is said attacking Islam without knowing anything about that great religion ,, read First about it then you have the freedom to say your opinion out loud defending or attacking , but just read and know and widen your thinking . .

  6. Christopher Shepherd   November 23, 2013 at 12:13 am

    I hope this brings new precedence to your laws, Khaled. I don’t believe those boys deserve life, they should be made an example of.

    • Khaled Maksoud   November 24, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      what we can do now is to ask allah that justice will be served

  7. Christopher Shepherd   November 23, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Where were the parents? At 5 years old, children should never leave their parents sight. WHY WAS A 5 YEAR OLD PLAYING OUTSIDE IN THE STREET BY HERSELF?!? Please explain this to me.

    • Khaled Maksoud   November 23, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      sir, they live in a building not a house and she was playing on the door step with her friends and the 1st suspect is living in the same building of her and the 2nd is the generator`s son (she wasn`t in the street sir and even if she was egypt is much safe for playing in the street )

  8. Khaled Maksoud   November 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    the doorman`s son is 16* and the other suspect is 17 , both are considered as child by the law and in front of the court
    in egypt the penalty od rape is death but that`s cannot be applyed on children

  9. Cynthia Miller   November 22, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Castrate these pedophiles!!! They would do worse than that to a woman!!! 15 days in jail for the premeditated murder and attempted rape of this poor innocent little girl???!!!! This is an OUTRAGE!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Khaled Maksoud   November 22, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      15 days in jail is not the penalty it`s precaution so that the suspect doesn`t escape
      that precaution period is 4 days followed by 15 and then 45 days till the court initiate the trail
      the precaution period in the felony category is 2 years max.
      i live about 500 m from the child and we have heard that she fall out of the window of her apartment (8th floor) and after a couple of days the police arrested the two suspects and we knew that she was thrown from the (11th floor)
      the FB page insure that the latest investigations revels that there is a (un known) 3rd suspect but that info. is not published by any formal law enforcement .

  10. RC Castro   November 22, 2013 at 8:40 am

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