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Yusuf Sameh Alaraby: martyr of chaos, negligence, recklessness, and absence of law

"Dance him to heaven" were the sad mother’s, Marwa Kennawy, last words, lamenting her 14-year-old only child, Youssef, paying him farewell for the last time before burying him

While Yusuf Alaraby, a 14 year-old–boy, was hanging out with his friends as usual on his way back home, suddenly, in the middle of a crowded street, he fell to the ground—a victim to a stray bullet that struck him directly in the head.

His friends, as young and innocent as him, were horrified and did not hear any gunshots in the vicinity; they only saw their little beloved friend who was just talking and laughing with them drowning in his own blood! Just like that—after a stray bullet caused him to lose consciousness! The ambulance took him to the nearest hospital to where the accident took place, “October University Hospital.”

After Youssef was transferred to the hospital and his condition had been examined, doctors told his mother, human rights activist Marwa Kennawy, that her son’s heart has completely stopped, that he was put on the ventilator after he had suffered a complete coma, and that he is waiting for a divine miracle. The mother didn’t give up hope, day and night praying to God for eleven days that her only child gets up and recover; however, sadly after the incident, the young boy, who was full of life and hope, died. All attempts to rescue him failed. Youssef died on Monday, and his funeral was held at Al-Hossari Mosque.

Well known for his patriotism, Youssef died and left his mother suffering the bitterness of his loss.

The question still remains: who guarantees that this incident will not be repeated again involving another innocent soul and destroying another family.

The sovereignty of the law and the justice in applying it on everybody is the only guarantee for a secure and stable life for all citizens.

Three of the five defendants were arrested; they confessed and admitted they were shooting bullets happily while celebrating the wedding of one of them, carelessly killing Youssef and wounding another girl who was in the vicinity as well.

One of the fugitives accused is an officer called T.M. Abu Talib, the son of major general Mohammed Amin Abu Talib, the former Beni Suef security director.

The second fugitive is the son of the current deputy secretary of the Defence and National Security Committee, general Ahmed Abdul Talawab.

We all demand promptly arresting the fugitives no matter who they are, putting them on trial, and quickly punishing them. That is the least we can do for his mother who will never see her beloved son again.

This terrible incident occurred as a result of negligence, recklessness, and misuse of weapons, with no care for the lives of people and children. For more than 12 days now, the fugitives did not turn themselves in to the authorities in charge of the case, nor were they arrested or interrogated. Therefore, we must all continue to press for this to happen and wait for justice to take its course.

Who is going to compensate this bereaved mother for her lost son? Who is going to compensate his family and friends?

Every day, innocent lives are wasted due to negligence and the feeling that some citizens are above the law. Until when will a bunch of corrupted beneficiaries wreak havoc without being accounted for their shameful actions that cause the destruction of a whole family, a whole country?

We have to press and demand fiercely through each and every media platform that Youssef’s killers be subject to trials and be convicted. We must never give up demanding justice for everybody; we should insist on purifying our country from some of the corrupted officials in charge, those who adopt the policy of negligence and the trend of being above the law. Youssef’s killers must be subjected to trial; only then can we declare that we live in a country that respect all citizens equally; only then can we feel that we repaid Youssef and every Youssef in this country their dues.

Youssef’s right will remain our debt to his mum, who will never rest until she sees justice taking its course. And until then, may Youssef’s soul rest in peace and his mother be granted patience and solace.

Sahar Qassem is a former radio announcer and news editor, and a freelance translator

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  • Hassan Abdelbaten

    And what about the media exploitation of her son’s horrible death for political purposes? Doesn’t that too count as “shameful action”?

    I believe the daily posts on her personal page, before, after, and ON the very day of her son’s death, are equally negligent and reckless. A misuse, to quote your words, of the media “weapons”, that are no less dangerous and immoral than bullets. What she is doing is shocking and indecent. And nobody seems to have noticed.

    We’ve had enough with this kind of one-sided, obtuse, journalism, of whichever ideological border. Your aim, just as hers, has little to do with justice but is blatantly politically motivated. And the two motivations, mind you, seldom coincide.


    • Reform

      What is politically motivated? thug sons of thug generals having no regard for human lives in Egypt?!

      • Hassan Abdelbaten

        If you had taken a minute to understand what I mean, you’d know what is politically motivated. But I take it you’re not really into constructive talk, are you?

        I’ll nonetheless give it a try.

        It’s very easy to blurt out the word “thug” at every corner of every phrase and associate it with the word “generals”. I guess it gives you an overpowering feeling. However, just note that it has nothing to do with what I’ve tried to expose. I was not discussing who’s responsible for the boy’s horrible death, but the ** political exploitation ** of that death by his mother and her acolytes, to advance their own political agenda.

        And I am adamant : regardless of who is responsible for that death, what she did and keeps doing is morally wrong; it is indecent.


        • Reform

          Thank you for giving it a try, nonetheless …

          On a personal level, the poor mother has all the right to shine the light on the 30-year plague paralyzing your country.

          On a macro level, you cannot deny (unless you’re an army/police officer) that this plague is caused by the Police & Army, who are sucking all economic potential out of a country in no war!

          • Hassan Abdelbaten

            For the second time, you fail to see the point.

            The “poor mother” is free to do all the propaganda she wants for her political views. What I’m saying is that using her son’s death for that purpose — and especially at this point in time — is something immoral and indecent.

            Besides, a reply that starts by “you cannot deny” belongs to the realm of fanaticism. Actually, I can deny: it’s called critical thinking. I advanced a few ideas and made some criticisms, so I believe you should have replied at *this* level, instead of trying to shut any possibility of discussion.

            Furthermore, your reply seems to preclude the possibility of an officer capable of critical thinking. That’s a logical fallacy. I believe that dividing our country between “the people” and “the officers” (the latter being unavoidably an “evil” according to you) is overly simplistic and socially dangerous.

            And to make everything clear: I am not an member of the Armed Forces nor of the Police. I am a PhD student of philosophy, focusing on political philosophy, logic and aesthetics. Not everyone who doesn’t think like you is automatically an officer.


          • Reform

            OK, let’s pursue logic Hassan:

            – Why does a country in peace with its neighbors squander 10’s of billions of dollars on aircraft carriers, submarines, and 100’s of advance fighter jets while over 50% of its population are poor and illiterates?. Please don’t tell me to fight terrorists, I welcome your ‘critical thinking’

            – Why does the army manage most of the economic sectors in Egypt, including manufacturing, infrastructure, agriculture, land development ..etc; with free conscripts labor while over 50% of Egyptian youth are unemployed?

            – Why your country’s leadership has to be either army generals or radical Islamists? neither has a clue on economic development or social progress; (even if an army office is smart, he usually has no clue on developing economies, policies, or social matters).

            – As to the police; why your police arrests, jails, and tortures journalists, youth, activists, charity workers, and even your fellow PhD student, Regeni?

            If you really think the army/police cabal has the interest of the Egyptian man on the street, then we both see the country very very differently. They are not evil, they are incompetent and corrupt!

          • Hassan Abdelbaten

            Sorry but you are obviously not pursuing any logic except your own: you are using this so called discussion space to do propaganda for your personal views and to make a political statement, under the guise of questions which you consider rhetorical (hence, not open to debate) and which I didn’t raise or attempted to raise.

            Unsurprisingly, you also didn’t bother to answer for your logical fallacies, which now are many:

            – straw man
            – fallacy of many questions
            – argument from repetition
            – begging the question
            – association fallacy
            – appeal to emotion
            – fallacy of single cause
            – hasty generalization

            And, ‘consequently’ we may say, you are completely ignoring *for the third time* the ethical matter I raised regarding Mrs. Kennawy. Better leave it there then, I have much more important things to do with my time.

            I would just recommend you attend some basic critical thinking courses to get what the above means (and get to know what is the definition of “critical thinking”, which you seem to ignore). All your gesturing means *nothing* if you are incapable of logically sound thinking and replies.

            Have a great day,


          • Reform

            No disrespect; I’m afraid your pursuit of philosophy is blinding you to the real issues facing your country, which is the main focus on THIS site. Good luck with your PhD.

          • Hassan Abdelbaten

            Another proof of ignorance and another logical fallacy in one sentence. I sure hope you aren’t one of the managers of “THIS” site; it would be terrible both for the value of its contents, for the quality of its form and for its future.

            Yet, so you don’t die as ignorant as you lived:

            1/ Critical thinking is not equivalent to philosophy. It’s the ability to form valid arguments, both formally and informally. So it’s a prerequisite to philosophy and also to any proper debate. It’s a 101 course in most faculties. However, since you are refusing to debate, I can understand that valid arguments are the least of your concerns.

            2/ The logical fallacy: you think that my academic involvement in philosophy precludes my concrete involvement in the welfare of my country. You’ll be “interested” (or not, but I don’t care) to know that I am working in the social assistance sector, 7 days a week, many hours a day, on a volunteer basis (not remunerated). But maybe those aren’t the “real issues” that so clearly give you a mental hard-on.

            Good luck with whatever it is you are doing (if it has a name, that is).


          • Mark Otoopee

            H.A, It has been awhile since I visited this site but I find your responses (yes passing judgment) to lack any thoughtfulness. Your original comments were an indictment of the mother for using her son’s death (your opinion) for political gain or to further her ideology. You completely ignored the point of the article, which is to shed light on a miscarriage of justice. The killers (for lack of better words) were not arrested because they are related to very powerful officials. The article is a call for action to see that these killers are tried and held accountable for their deadly actions.
            I get that you don’t approve of the mother’s actions, but who are you to judge a grieving mother. You obviously don’t know what it is to lose a child, because of you did (yep passing judgment again) you would have at least offered some empathy to the grieving woman. Instead, when challenged by Reform, who tried to explain the lack of justice in this case was symptomatic of the cesspool of corruption that currently exists in Egypt, you attacked him for not knowing the difference between Critical Thinking and Philosophy. Then you went all knowing on the guy.
            HA you I am guessing you are young and brash and know all the answers. I am also guessing that you are smart guy; however, there is a difference between being smart and educated and being ignorant. I will leave it up to you to figure out the difference.

          • Hassan Abdelbaten

            I welcome your comment which is better presented and constructed than those of “Mr/s. Reform”. Although it is, I have to deplore, still as dismissive, border line insulting, and not even free of logical fallacies.

            In my view the point of the article is also political gain and the fact of furthering an ideology. It has little to do with the idea I have of journalism. In other words, this is a mere activist’s piece, not a journalist’s. Not very objective, not very factual.

            Thus, I didn’t ignore the point of the article, I just think there are other motives and drives behind this so called will-to-shed-light-on-justice. Whether it is unconscious or not, fact is the author and “Mr/s. Reform” use the sacrosanct search for justice to advance a political agenda (and who would criticize anyone who apparently seeks justice? We find here again a potential fallacy that would protect seekers of justice from criticism). More: they are ready, to achieve their personal ends (their “political wet dream”), to use any means necessary, which is clear in their way of presenting their ideas (just as it is clear in Mrs. Kenawy’s attitude, by the way).

            “Who are you to judge a grieving mother” etc. is a clear appeal to emotions. This is not rational and I will not discuss this fallacy again, it should be clear by now.

            I didn’t “attack” him/her and I didn’t deviate when I explained the difference between critical thinking and philosophy: you must not have read the comments carefully, I was replying to the accusation that my studies in philosophy made me unable by definition to evaluate properly the situation, after I called into doubt the ability of “Mr/s. Reform” to present a viable argumentative sequence.

            Furthermore, I didn’t “go all knowing”, I just said what I think I know and deemed fit when faced with his/her comments. I also never pretended I wasn’t ignorant, you made that up yourself.

            Finally, youth does not preclude the ability to think. And if you care to know, I’m not exactly what people call young.

            Those were my … thoughtless … two cents on what you said.


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