News

UK Court Allows British Woman to Adopt Girl ‘Found in a Box’ in Egypt’s Luxor

UK Court Allows British Woman to Adopt Girl ‘Found in a Box’ in Egypt’s Luxor

A street in Luxor.
A street in Luxor.

A United Kingdom court has ruled to allow a British woman to adopt a girl who was found abandoned in a box on a street near the Upper Egyptian city of Luxor.

According to the Guardian, a high court judge ruled that the unidentified British woman can adopt the six-year-old and keep her in the UK. The ruling, which the judge said would be in the girl’s best interests, comes despite objections from the woman’s Egyptian ex-husband and from the Egyptian government.

In a written ruling summarised by the Guardian, the high court judge revealed that the girl, then a newborn, was found abandoned in 2010 by an orphanage run by a UK charity. The newborn was then taken into the care of the British woman and her Egyptian husband. After separating from her husband, the woman travelled with the child to the UK and filed adoption papers.

However, both the woman’s former Egyptian partner and the Egyptian government objected. The husband, identified as a Muslim lawyer, hoped to see the child return to Egypt either with the British woman or alone. Meanwhile, the Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity said that adoption was not recognised under Egyptian law and that the girl might lose her Muslim heritage if she was allowed to be brought up by the woman, who is a Christian, in the United Kingdom.

While adoption, in the regular sense, is strictly forbidden under Egyptian law, the law nevertheless allows other methods of caring for an orphaned child.

While there are no official statistics on the number of street children in Egypt, activists working with street children have often said the number is higher than one million.

Egypt's Foreign Minister in 'First Meeting' Between Arab Official and US Vice President-elect
Egypt's Parliament Passes Controversial NGO Law

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

What is the Punishment for Sexual Harassment in Egypt?

Egyptian StreetsAugust 18, 2018

National Council for Women Introduces New Poll App

Mirna AbdulaalAugust 17, 2018

Egypt’s Unemployment Rate Falls to 9.9%: CAPMAS

Mirna AbdulaalAugust 16, 2018

FIFA Rankings: Egypt Drops 20 Places After World Cup

Sara AhmedAugust 16, 2018

Tunisian President Seeks to Establish Equal Inheritance

Sara AhmedAugust 15, 2018

Netanyahu and Sisi Secretly Met to Discuss Ceasefire in Gaza

Mirna AbdulaalAugust 14, 2018

New Laws Introduced to Solve Traffic Problems

Mirna AbdulaalAugust 14, 2018

Prominent Egyptian Marxist Samir Amin Dies at 86

Mirna AbdulaalAugust 13, 2018
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.