Mum Disguised Herself In Burka To Rescue Kidnapped Daughter

14/08/2014 16:52 | Updated 22 May 2015

Mum disguised herself in burka to rescue kidnapped daughter

A desperate mum launched an SAS-style snatch-and-grab operation to retrieve her three-year-old daughter who had been kidnapped by her Egyptian father.

Alex Abou-El-Ella from Berkshire in England, risked her safety to rescue Mona, two years after the girl was taken to Cairo.

She disguised herself in loose clothing and a burka, successfully returning Mona to the UK.

Despite the fact police, the Serious Organised Crime Agency and Interpol were all put on red alert when Mona disappeared, no one had been able to retrieve Mona after she left on an Egypt Air flight with her father.

During the two years, Alex's husband would regularly threaten to cut off contact.

And police told her she could do nothing since the UK has no extradition treaty with Egypt.

So Alex enlisted the help of British author Donya al-Nahi, author of 'Heroine of the Desert', who has been nicknamed 'Jane Bond' for helping a string of women rescue their children.

Mum disguised herself in burka to rescue kidnapped daughter

Dressed in black robes, with a veil over her face, Alex waited for her daughter to emerge from the apartment she was living in with her father before snatching her off the street and carrying her to a getaway car.

At first, Mona didn't recognise her mother, calling out in Arabic to a woman that had cared for her.

"I felt shocked and upset to hear those words coming out of her mouth about another woman," Alex said.

"But after half an hour she looked up at me and said, 'Are you my mum?'

"It was a beautiful moment for me, especially after not having her for the past two years."

Alex praised Nahi, thanking her for her help in retrieving her daughter after two long years.

Nahl said: "You only have one mother and no-one has the right to take you away from your mum. But Alex was the real hero here. She took the girl."


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