- PhMuseum 2023 Photography Grant
Dates2021 - 2023
- Location Egypt
The latest official statistics from the government reveal that Egypt witnesses up to three kidnappings per day on average. In 2012 Two children were kidnapped per day for ransom, and the number increased to Five per day in 2013. Child Helpline statistics reveal that more than 2,264 children got kidnapped In 2018 and 2019.
Indefinitely documents the lives of the families of kidnapped children through a map. The map’s starting point is forty years ago, with a family still searching for their daughter, leading to other families' stories following the 2011 revolution and including various reasons for abduction. In the wake of the 2011 revolution, no measures were taken to handle the problem and limit its continuity, starting with the problem of the Egyptian birth certificate, which can be easily forged, no forensic age progression, and the lack of a unified database for information missing children.
Hope remains the only thing left for bereaved families after they are mentally and financially exhausted from the long journey of searching for their children in all the governorates of Egypt. After the investigations did not find any information and all their attempts failed, they fell prey to fraud and exploitation to know any information about their children. Even when they obtained information about the whereabouts of their children and a picture of the kidnapper, the families could not catch them because they continued to escape from one governorate to another or couldn't prove the accusation against them.