Charity Worker Detained in Egypt for 3 Years Credits Trump for Release


An Egyptian-American charity worker was freed and returned home to the Washington, D.C. area Thursday night after spending three years in an Egyptian jail over what human rights groups say were bogus charges.

An attorney for Aya Hijazi, 30, thanked President Donald Trump for helping to secure her release.

“First and foremost, there have been countless number of people advocating for Aya Hijazi’s freedom,” Wade McMullen told NBC News. “I think Trump and his team deserve credit for making this a priority at the most critical time in her case.”




Image: Aya Hijazi, founder of a non-governmental organisation that looks after street children, sits reading a book inside a holding cell at a courthouse in Cairo

Aya Hijazi sits reading a book inside a holding cell as she faces trial on charges of human trafficking, sexual exploitation of minors and using children in protests at a courthouse in Cairo, Egypt, on March 23, 2017.