Episode 13: Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
— Nelson Mandela


One thousand, one hundred, and fifteen (interview was on July 21, 2016). It’s an odd number. An odd number composed of two primes: 5 and 223. Some say that it takes 18 minutes to count up to 1115; however, how does it feel to live 1115?

Khaled Al-Qazzaz is a Canadian resident, an engineer, and a human rights advocator, who has been illegally detained by the Egyptian Military since July 3, 2013. July 3, 2013 was 1115 days ago. He was released from prison at the beginning of 2015, but, has been banned from coming back to Canada ever since.

My guest is Ahmad Attia, brother-in-law to Khaled, and he opens up about how the family have dealt with the ongoing sorrow.

Interview with Ahmad Attia


Below are the questions I asked Ahmad, and the time in the recording in which each question was asked. It becomes 

  • (0:57) Who is Khaled Al-Qazzaz?
  • (2:47) What did he do while he was here in Canada?
  • (5:10) Why did he go to Egypt, knowing of the political situation there?
  • (8:55) Why would someone who believes in a brighter future for Egypt be locked up for so long?
  • (10:35) Do you have any stories of his time in prison?
  • (12:50) How do you deal everyday with the fact that someone very close to you is going through such torture?
  • (14:04) Are there any silver linings from his time in person for you, him, or your sister?
  • (15:42) What has the Government done to help? Has there been a change in tone since the Liberals have come in power?
  • (19:25) How can we help?