As a graduate of George Mason University, School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution program I am distressed at the level of ignorance, hatred, and intolerance of the present US administration, nowhere is this more obvious than the state visit tomorrow (April 3) of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
The GMU SCAR program has many fine outstanding graduates, one in particular, is Aya Hijazi, a 2009 graduate of the program. She has gone onto many great things in her native Egypt. Trying to help the homeless and neglected children of Egypt. She and her husband, Mohamed, founded an organization to provide a safe space and education for the street children in Cairo.
In 2015, Aya and Mohamed were arrested when the military-controlled government started making sweeping arrests of academics, political opponents, and civil servants. They soon found themselves arrested being interrogated, accused of physically and sexually abusing the children, false accusations.
It came to light that the children were beaten and forced to make false accusations on camera. A report showed no abuse to have transpired at the organization, and the families of the children have come forth defending Aya and her husband. Despite the evidence of their innocence, they are being held with no end in sight.
Aya and Mohamed wait until April 16, the latest date given for an update and possible sentencing for the false accusations. ****Update, Aya, her husband Mohammed and six volunteers are free after being acquitted of all charges. ***
Under the weight of this and many other human rights abuses the present administration looks the other way, or worse has no care or concern for citizens of the United States and the world.