Widow who brought up three visually impaired children named as Egypt’s ideal mother

Video grab showing Sabah Hamza Hassanein (L), who has a market stall and sent all three blind children to university. (courtesy of Al Bawabah)
Updated 14 March 2018
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Widow who brought up three visually impaired children named as Egypt’s ideal mother

CAIRO: A widow, who has brought up three visually impaired children and sent them all to university, has been chosen to be the nation’s ideal mother.

Egypt’s Solidarity Ministry, which has responsibility to provide social justice for all, including disabled people, made the selection of Sabah Hamza Hassanein, from the village of Meet Ghamr in Dakahlia, north east of the capital.

Sabah, who has a vegetables stall at her local market, has been raising her two sons and daughter, who are visually impaired, on her own since the death of their father.

She has been able to send the three siblings to Al Azhar University in Cairo to learn theology.

The 59-year-old mother, who married 40 years ago, said: “My husband continued to support me and told me always that it was god’s will and a test to our patience. He insisted they go to AlAzhar to learn the Qur’an.”
she was quoted as saying by Arabic Eqyptian online news site, Masrawy.

Sabah said she would wake at dawn each day to prepare food for her children to take to school. They often made the journey to school on the back of a donkey.

While they were at school, Sabah would spend the day at her stall in the market. President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi will attend the ceremony to honor her.


Israeli forces kill Palestinian suspected of deadly attack in West Bank

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Israeli forces kill Palestinian suspected of deadly attack in West Bank

  • The assailant was killed after he opened fire at Israeli forces who had come to arrest him, the Shin Bet said
  • The Palestinian health ministry said two more Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli soldiers near Nablus

JERUSALEM: Israeli forces on Tuesday killed a Palestinian suspected of carrying out a deadly stabbing and shooting attack in the occupied West Bank two days earlier, the Israeli Shin Bet security service said.
The assailant was killed after he opened fire at Israeli forces who had come to arrest him, the Shin Bet said. The Palestinian health ministry confirmed a person had been killed in the clash, but provided no further details.
In what appeared to be a separate incident, the Palestinian health ministry said two more Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli soldiers near the West Bank city of Nablus. An Israeli army spokeswoman said the report was being looked into.
On Sunday, a suspected Palestinian assailant fatally stabbed a soldier at an intersection on a busy West Bank highway and opened fire at the scene using the conscript’s rifle, killing an Israeli rabbi and wounding a second soldier.
Palestinians, many of them people without links to armed groups, carried out a wave of attacks in the West Bank in late 2015 and 2016 but the frequency of such incidents has since decreased.
Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war. Palestinians seek to establish a state there and in the Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed in 2014.