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Prisoner's Family: 'So Grateful' for Trump's Help in Freeing Egyptian-American Aid Worker

(The Washington Post)

By Joe Crowe   |   Friday, 21 Apr 2017 01:56 PM

The brother of Aya Hijazi, the American woman who was held prisoner by the Egyptian government since 2014, thanked President Donald Trump for his help in freeing her, her husband, and four other members of an aid group.

"It's been a roller coaster of emotions the past couple of days. We're very grateful that President Trump personally engaged with the issue," Basel Hijazi told The Washington Post.

"Working closely with the Trump administration was very important for my family at this critical time. It let us be reunited as a family. We're so grateful."

Hijazi, a native of Virginia and an American citizen, appeared with the president Friday at the White House, according to The Post.

"We are very happy to have Aya back home, and it is a great honor to have her in the Oval Office," Trump said.

Trump sent a U.S. government airplane to Cairo to bring the family to Washington, according to The Post.

The president and his staff worked with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi to free Hijazi, her husband, and four humanitarian workers. They had been detained since May 1, 2014 on charges of child abuse for which no evidence was ever presented.

Human rights groups said the workers were abused while in detention, according to The Post.

The husband and wife founded Belady, a nongovernmental agency that advocated for Egyptian street children.

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