“Please God. Please make it stop.”

I have been forced to leave Cairo prematurely following a horrific sexual and physical attack in Tahrir Square.

The atmosphere was one of jubilation, excitement, and happiness as I walked, accompanied by two male companions for safety along Kasr El Nil bridge. I had had an awful day, caused by problems in personal relationships, so I was so happy to be in such a wonderful environment, getting such amazing footage. Women, children and fathers smiled, waved, and cheered happily at the camera, calling out the widely used phrase “welcome to Egypt! Welcome!”. Fireworks lit up the sky. It was a moving and captivating experience.

Just as I realised I had reached the end of the bridge, I noticed the crowd became thicker, and decided immediately to turn around to avoid Tahrir Square. My friends and I tried to leave. I tried to put my camera back in my rucksack.

But in a split second, everything changed. Men had been groping me for a while, but suddenly, something shifted. I found myself being dragged from my male friend, groped all over, with increasing force and aggression. I screamed. I could see what was happening and I saw that I was powerless to stop it. I couldn’t believe I had got into this situation.

My friend did everything he could to hold onto me. But hundreds of men were dragging me away, kicking and screaming. I was pushed onto a small platform as the crowd surged, where I was hunched over, determined to protect my camera. But it was no use. My camera was snatched from my grasp. My rucksack was torn from my back – it was so crowded that I didn’t even feel it. The mob stumbled off the platform – I twisted my ankle.

Men began to rip off my clothes. I was stripped naked. Their insatiable appetite to hurt me heightened. These men, hundreds of them, had turned from humans to animals.

Hundreds of men pulled my limbs apart and threw me around. They were scratching and clenching my breasts and forcing their fingers inside me in every possible way. So many men. All I could see was leering faces, more and more faces sneering and jeering as I was tossed around like fresh meat among starving lions.

I shouted “salam! Salam! Allah! Allah!”. In my desperate state I also shouted “ma’is salaama!” which actually means “goodbye” – just about the worst possible thing to say to a horde of men trying to ruin me. I might as well have yelled “goodbye cruel world! Down I go!”

A small minority of men, just a couple at first, tried to protect me and guide me to a tent. The tent was crushed, its contents scattered into shards all over the ground. I was barefoot as they stole my nice new shoes. I was tossed around once more, being violated every second. I was dragged naked across the dirty ground. Men pulled my blonde hair.

The men trying to protect me tried to guide me into another tent. I was able to scramble onto the ground.I sat with my back against a chair and surveyed the surging mob. Although a few men tried to form a human shield around me, offering me rags to cover my bruised body, men were still able to touch me. There were just too many.

I felt surprisingly calm. I understood what was happening and just transcended into a detached state of mind. I gazed around at the bared teeth and raging eyes. The tent began to collapse and I was cloaked in a huge sheet. I was struggling to breathe. One man lifted a tent pole and attempted to strike me with it.

At this point, I said aloud to myself, calmly, over and over, “please God. Please make it stop. Please God. Please make it stop.”

I’m not religious. But at times of desperation, we all feel compelled to appeal to some higher power to save us. It’s human nature. The need to feel safe and loved is what compels many to reach for religion in the first place.

An ambulance forced its way through the crowd. It opened its doors, and was invaded by tens of men. It closed up and drove away.

I began to think, “maybe this is just it. Maybe this is how I go, how I die. I’ve had a good life. Whether I live or die, this will all be over soon. Maybe this is my punishment for some of the emotional pain I’ve caused others through some foolish mistakes and poor judgement recently. I hope it’s quick. I hope I die before they rape me.”

I looked up and saw a couple of women in burkas scattered around. They looked at me blankly, then looked away.

After 5-10 minutes, my friend managed to convince people inside a medical tent to form a pathway through the crowd to guide me into the tent. During transit I was mauled and invaded.

I reached the tent and saw my friend Callum. Muslim women surrounded me and frantically tried to cover my naked body. I fell to the ground and apparently temporarily lost consciousness.

The women told me the attack was motivated by rumours spread by trouble-making thugs that I was a foreign spy, following a national advertising campaign warning of the dangers of foreigners. But if that was the cause, it was only really used as a pretext, an excuse.

The men outside remained thirsty for blood; their prey had been cruelly snatched from their grasp. They peered in, so I had to duck down and hide. They attempted to attack the tent, and those inside began making a barricade out of chairs. They wanted my blood.

Women were crying and telling me “this is not Egypt! This is not Islam! Please, please do not think this is what Egypt is!” I reassured her that I knew that was the case, that I loved Egypt and its culture and people, and the innate peacefulness of moderate Islam. She appeared stunned. But I’m not really a vengeful person and I could see through the situation. This vicious act was not representative of the place I had come to know and love.

After much heated debate, it was decided that Callum and I would leave separately to avoid attracting attention. I was disguised in a burka and men’s clothes and ordered to hold the hand of an Egyptian stranger who would pretend to be my husband. I was terrified but I could see it was the only way out, and had to decide to trust him.

He pulled me through the crowds out of the back of the tent. He told me: “don’t cry. Do not cry. Look normal.”

I was barefoot, dodging broken glass and debris, trawling through mud and dirt. My inner reserves of strength kicked in, and I stopped crying and just thought “keep calm and carry on.”

My trousers had clearly belonged to someone much fatter, and were falling down.

I thought I was being led to an ambulance, or to hospital. The man sat me down by the side of the road, still ordering me not to cry. Eventually, his friends turned up, with Callum. They explained that they couldn’t take us to hospital since they might be arrested if they were seen with us.

One man helpfully suggested: “you want to go to McDonalds? Get some food?” I declined this generous offer of culinary compensation for the evening’s events. Surprisingly, I wasn’t really in the mood for a Big Mac.

Callum and I went on our way. We eventually hailed a taxi. Upon reaching a government hospital downtown, we tried to explain the situation. People stared at us blankly, sloping around the corridors. We were turned away and told to go to a nearby hospital instead. Nobody would take us; we just had to walk there.

Upon arrival, I was eventually ushered into a small cubicle. Two men asked “are you pregnant? Married? A virgin?” They seemed displeased by my response of “no”.

They led me back outside to sit with Callum. I was refused examination and treatment. Eventually I decided I’d just have to check for damage myself. I went to the bathroom and couldn’t believe the reflection. I was dirty, wounded, with hair like a tramp and eyes wide with shock.

For 2-3 hours, people strolled past us, a couple of them making vague attempts at phonecalls to the embassy. At every stage, Callum did everything in his power to speed up the process and talk sense into everyone. It was thanks to him that the people in the medical tent saved me. He effectively saved my life.

Somehow, we ended up with the embassy thinking we were at the police station, the hospital staff not realising we were still at the hospital, and the police thinking we were…god knows where.

I was sat in a room full of men. One of them seemed to be taking a photo of me. I’m not sure why, as I wasn’t exactly looking glamorous. It all made my heart race.

It was Callum’s phonecalls (he had to use other people’s phones as both of ours had been stolen) that bore fruit. Finally our friends turned up with a lady from the embassy. I was taken to a private hospital where a doctor’s first question was “are you married?”, which is of course the most important question to be asking a victim of mass sexual abuse.

He and a female nurse (who only reluctantly kept me covered up) looked briefly at the damage and just wandered off, saying that because I didn’t have internal bleeding, they couldn’t do anything. A useful trip, that was.

Finally, I was taken home by my friends, and put to bed. I didn’t want to tell my family right away, as I knew it would destroy them.

Yesterday, I had a proper examination and darted around sorting things out, spending an eternity giving a police report. People with me were reduced to tears, but I didn’t real feel like crying. People kept telling me “you’re being so brave”, but I just felt like getting on with it. Maybe it’ll catch up with me in a few days, I don’t know.

A few things yesterday made me realise the impact this has had on me. During the examination, which was carried out by a woman, I was crying and shaking. To have someone touch me so soon after the event was terrifying.

Later, I couldn’t bear to be around groups of Egyptian men. And when it got dark, I panicked, and couldn’t bear to look any man in the eye. I clung to Callum all day. As we drove around Cairo, I couldn’t help but think “of all the people we’ve driven past today, one of them must have been in that crowd of hundreds last night. Just one.”

I am determined to continue with my documentary at some point. I have no equipment, (not even any of my photos) am nervous about the possibility of not getting my insurance to cover all the equipment and everything taken from me, and no money to resume the process. But I’ll get there. I have to find a silver lining to this experience. I have to spread awareness; it is my duty to do so. I have to do this; I will not be driven into submission. I will overcome this and come back stronger and wiser. My documentary will be fuelled by my passion to help make people aware of just how serious this issue is, and that it’s not just a passing news story that briefly gets people’s attention then is forgotten. This is a consistent trend and it has to stop. Arab women, western women – there are so many sufferers.

I am determined to return to this wonderful country and city that I love, and meet its people once again. I am determined to challenge the stereotypes and preconceptions that people have of Arab women back in the UK and the US. I have so much to say, and I will say it, in time.

So, to anyone taking risks, whether in the UK or worldwide, please, take care, and don’t make the same mistakes. Don’t be swept up in a wave of euphoria. Don’t let anything cloud your judgement. I was not focused enough because I was distracted by the wonderful atmosphere which was cheering me up after a difficult day.

But don’t let yourself become a victim. Don’t let bad experiences ruin your life and determine your future. One of the worst things two nights ago was that I had never felt so powerless. I had no control and I was violated. But now I can take control and rebuild my confidence, and learn from my experience.

Nothing, and nobody, will hold me back. When I’m ready, I’ll finish this. The show must go on.

Thank you very much for reading.

2,435 thoughts on ““Please God. Please make it stop.”

  1. It’s been eight years since all this happened,have you been back to Egypt? How is your relationship with Egyptian men now?
    Do the events of Tahrir Square still haunt you?

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  3. If these men genuinely believed you to be foreign enemies they would feel justified in punishing you. I feel the sexual assault to be going too far, but the beating was perhaps justified in most local people’s eyes because Western women behave badly at home and try and do the same when they come to Egypt.
    They dress provocatively, have filthy tongues and drink themselves unconscious.

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    • This is totally untrue. Western women come to Egypt and dress and behave like the sluts they are. They have filthy mouths and skimpy clothes
      and they wonder why they Egyptian men look
      on them with disgust. If I saw a Western woman
      being beaten by group of men I would help them
      to beat this one. Western woman have many sex
      affairs from their teenage years. The men have a duty to punish so our own girls do not follow
      the way of the White sluts.

      • You are disgusting, no one has the right to touch another, whatever you think of them. It’s ludicrous to think all white woman are sluts who sleep around? Are all Muslims terrorists? Of course not. Seriously, grow up, do some research on the damage sexual assaults cause, hint promiscuity can sometimes be the consequence.

      • To Kate
        You are totally delusional. White women are disgusting in their dress and speech. They behave like pigs and are proud of their behavior. I have seen them staggering along the street, falling down, vomiting and displaying their bodies to everyone.
        They should be permanently excluded from Egypt, after receiving a public flogging. White women experience sex from their mid teens.
        They have the morals of alley cats.
        They have no concept of honor

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  10. India and middle eastern men are disgusting. I met an Indian man who is a Hindu who already had a girlfriend in America. I am in Germany. His name is “Anmol Chandon” or “Nikka Anmol”. He cheats lies and is a lying piece of shite. He took photos of our visit to show his friends and used me. He uses online dating sites to find women all over the world and con them. He uses them to stay with or have sex usually until they see him in person……. He is disgusting with bad hygiene and clogged pores all over, very short, and dirty. He is doesn’t deserve any woman and all need to beware. He preys on innocent white women, filipinos, and anything with fair skin…. spreading herpes and worse. He is a coward and swine.

    • These kind of men should be castrated for what they did just like any man who abuses women and rapes them. If men continue to treat women this way or the way they do, no woman will want to mix with them, let alone marry them and more and more women are staying clear of men for all good reasons : health (hiv and other diseases), exploitation (at home at the work place), unequal pay and career promotions. I too have had horrible experience with men and there is one thing that is sure, i wil never date a muslim but even more i do not want to have anything to do with men or sexist religions like islam or any other religion that gives men all rights, powers and privileges.

      We have all had it with the way men treat women and it is even worse when in the name of religions or their maleness, they do the kind of things they did to you or to me or to anyone including my sister whom these b..; ards killed ….

      It is about time women of the world demonstrate in the street and organise themselves to put an end to this and many other things they suffer because of men.

      Women are going to rebel loudly or silently but we will put an end to this kind of horrors one way or another

    • Way to stereotype!
      All white men are kkk
      All african men are thugs

      Stereotyping, racism, and most of all ignorance.

    • “India and middle eastern men are disgusting.”

      The only scums in this world are you racist, stereotyping white bastards. From your comment – it is not clear what he does to ‘force’ women in any way. Does he blackmail them? Does he use physical force (because that would be rape)?

      All you say is – he uses dating sites to find women – like that’s a crime (of course he is a brown man – how dare he use dating sites to find women of the ‘superior’ white race.

      I could show you a million examples of WHITE MEN who ar perverts who prey on women and use them. Who are child molesters. Who groom young girls. Who misuse their privilege and power to get force sex. Of white men who con. Of white men who are disgusting scums. And yet you would never use the same words for the entire race like that. Why?

      You say the following – again to stereotype indians: “He is disgusting with bad hygiene and clogged pores all over, very short, and dirty. He is doesn’t deserve any woman and all need to beware. ”

      There’s no worse human scum than the white race.

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  17. I do not drop a lot of responses, however I browsed a ton of remarks here Please God.

    Please make it stop. | Natasha Smith. I do have a couple of questions for you if it’s okay. Is it only me or does it seem like a few of the remarks come across like they are coming from brain dead people? 😛 And, if you are writing on other sites, I would like to follow everything new you have to post. Could you make a list of all of your shared sites like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

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  21. Total shock over here. Hope you’re getting better real soon.
    If you ask me, you should open up an account so we can collect money for you to buy new equipment for you documentary, in case the insurance isn’t working. You’ll receive the first payment from me!

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  24. I just don’t understand the minds of these people, and I’m not just talking about the Egyptians, but also the people behind these comments. Why is it that no one seems to be able to do the simple thing and sympathize, and support. She posted this to share her story and to spread awareness, not to have it spiraled into a debate or be criticized. And all of these ignorant off-topic comments! If you feel as though you shouldn’t write it then use common sense and DON’T! It’s totally inappropriate. I’m sure many of you have opinions and yeah the assault of women in Egypt IS the topic, but this is not the place to debate; just support.

    And I thank the women and men who have actually shown their support. Natasha, I hope that this horrific experience hasn’t changed you for the worse. I hope that you found the strength to persevere, move forward, and make a difference.

    p.s. As my nerdy side demands it, “Live long and Prosper”.

    • Right on …. I know how bad men are in many places and in other places worse than others and sometimes the women trap other unsuspecting women to have a relationship with these guys who abuse them, cheat on them and rip them off. I was such a girl and i have been harassed and still am for complaining out loud and denouncing what they schemed…. harassed and labeled… So i know the feelings… I think women should create association with lawyers and shelters and support group to help women who have been victimised by similar men but do not know where to get support.

      I also think that in the contect of the HIV pendemic and other STD’s, laws should be passed so that honesty and sexual safety should be compulsory in any marriage or other relationship and that abuse and rape should be far more criminalised and punished (including financial compensation to deter people from repeating the offense) than they actually are.

      I have had bad things happened to me and some from my own family or colleagues which may have been related to my family any way. It is time we create association to protect women and save their lives …. and get support especially for those who do not know where to turned to for help and whose culture allow men all the abuse sexual and otherwise they can do, making the women responsible in every case for what they go through when in many cases it is men ‘s fault.

      This should be a primary concern in this world and for future generations so that women can live safe, happy life and are no longer afraid to have relationships or to marry and are safe from all harm including but not limited to abuse, contamination by hiv or other std’s, finanacial poverty, lack of support from peers … Let’s all unite to make it happen everywhere in the world and let’s put an end to the abuse and double standard, polygamy and other treasons condoned by religions that are ruled and run by men with a view not to protecting women as they should but allowing men to continue their sexual predating and other abuse as they have since the beginning of time.

      Women need to be informed and protected from such threats and abuse and help when they have to sue somehow for the damage they suffer as a result. They have to be informed of their rights and obligations but we must build a world where women are safer from all abuse and dangers for their life, their health and their financial survival as well as those of their children or other family they cherish.

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  26. natasha, wanted to tell you how many girls are with you. I would like you to know that we will not leave it blank, we will go to all people and we critar possible for all companions who are following heavy fighting in Egypt. hope you can understand the translation

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  33. You’re brave to post this but it’s important to expose it to the light.
    I’m afraid this horror has been a common experience recently for Egyptian women, and not unheard of in the past before Mubarak’s fall. Islam takes root from the ancient fertility cults of the Middle East. http://www.strateias.org/niqab.htm

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  38. You are alive Congratulations Multiculturality is exactly this give occidental women to then for free as objects exactly like objects Probably nobody wish understand cause probaly must be a deep part of masculin people , even in occident prefer rape a women instead conquer her in an apropiate an occidental way Occidental way is hard for man Muslin way, is harder for women bat easy for men Sharia admit 4 women for each man So them thy work jus to pruchase four poor women-slaves for his own use Each of the 4 had as mani child as Allath wish For big families for one single man!! wath man in earth can mantaein such a bunch os children? Nobody The results —criminal a society with no education and in some cases even starving The Sharia , the loo of Coran destroy the contries where had been impossed by slaverin the women Such way its just the working of arab imperialism
    Just now we all are in the way to be muslim
    As said: You are alive Congratulations

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  40. Hey Natasha
    Thanx for sharing your experience something that must be difficult to do. Lets hope the bastards who where involved suffer some serious guilt when they realise what they did. Lets hope too (even less likely) that sexual abuse, sexism and patriarchy in all forms eventually dies out across the world but it would seem from many of the posts here that religious fanaticism of all varieties will help keep such backward behaviour alive for some time to come. In the meantime I hope you can continue your work and life and enjoy it, stronger for being a survivor, a crass cliche it may be given your extreme experience, but try not to let the bastards grind you down.

    p.s I rather scarily came across your blog link whilst researching a very nasty nazi website!

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  44. wow…. so much attack against religion here…and blame shifting too…
    The important thing we would all have to know is that no one makes the perfect mark in morality, Honestly!!! The only reason why I am a christian is because I know God forgives me when i sin and ask him for forgiveness. And He helps me to live upright too. Its amazing! Even inexplicable sometimes! I have peace. I have freedom in Christ too and I recommend same for you.
    This whole world will phase out. Christ WILL come again to take his own unto himself and destroy those who reject Him (being a God who hates sin). I know i can’t possibly make the mark on my own account so I’ve surrendered all unto him. Its simple.

    Just say:
    Dear Jesus, I thank you for life and more especially for eternal life. Pls forgive me of my sins and wash me with your precious blood. Pls come and become the lord of my life so i can be wih you eternally. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

    That’s it. You’ve made it!!! There is rejoicing in Heaven because of you!! Wow…
    Now, you will have to contact any Bible-believing church and introduce yourself to the pastor so he teaches you more. You’ll also need a Bible so you can understand what you’ve just done. I recommend you start reading from the book of Romans and the gospels. There is so much more in store for you!!! I’m excited for you!!! love you bunches
    To skeptics who think life end when you die or that your living a ‘good life’ will send you to Heaven, it isn’t true! No Jesus. No eternal life. Think it through and please reconsider…

    • Yes, as an ex Christian I can confirm this message
      The ever merciful and peace loving god will throw you into the pits of hell if you don’t sign up and become a Christian. yes this peace loving religion who’s practitioners conquered over half the globe and all (apart from Ethiopia) of Africa is a brilliant and worthy religion. The bible which was written 50 years after the death of Christ and revised hundreds of times since is the true and accurate word of god and best of all this holy church now denies half of what’s written in its holly scriptures (all that making the world in 7 days thing)

      • hi Thomas. i cant really slash back because I’m not too good at arguing. But the truth is that although God is a fierce judge who wouldn’t go against his very essence- HOLINESS, he gives an escape route for those willing to accept it and that is accepting Jesus. I don’t think i should be such a big deal saying a little prayer which will secure your life after death. Even logically, its totally worth the risk seeing that there’s absolutely NOTHING TO LOOSE!!! Remember neither i nor you has died before. 🙂 but i have taken an insurance policy covering that already.Pls rethink your withdrawal, Tom.
        The universe has not always existed. It had a start…what caused that? Scientists have no explanation for the sudden explosion of light and matter.
        How is it that we can identify laws of nature that never change? Why is the universe so orderly, so reliable?
        Even the greatest scientists have been struck by how strange this is. There is no logical necessity for a universe that obeys rules, let alone one that abides by the rules of mathematics. it really doesn’t to behave this way! Especially if it came to being after AN EXPLOSION… There are may religious settings that profess to be ‘christian’ but really aren’t. we need a bible- believing church to know and understand the faith.
        Thanks so much for sharing your view. i appreciate it.
        By the way the Bible WAS NOT written 50 yrs after the death of Christ. You just may be talking about collating and compiling the various books. The miraculous thing about that is: though these scripts may have been found near and far the speak about the very same thing! The bible does not once contradict itself. In some cases the same stories are even repeated. Its Amazing!!! I believe it in its entirety.

  45. wow…. so much attack against religion here…and blame shifting too…
    The important thing we would all have to know is that no one makes the perfect mark in morality, Honestly!!! The only reason why I am a christian is because I know God forgives me when i sin and ask him for forgiveness. And He helps me to live upright too. Its amazing! Even inexplicable sometimes! I have peace. I have freedom in Christ too and I recommend same for you.
    This whole world will phase out. Christ WILL come again to take his own unto himself and destroy those who reject Him (being a God who hates sin). I know i can’t possibly make the mark on my own account so I’ve surrendered all unto him. Its simple.

    Just say:
    Dear Jesus, I thank you for life and more especially for eternal life. Pls forgive me of my sins and wash me with your precious blood. Pls come and become the lord of my life so i can be wih you eternally. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

    That’s it. You’ve made it!!! There is rejoicing in Heaven because of you!! Wow…
    Now, you will have to contact any Bible-believing church and introduce yourself to the pastor so he teaches you more. You’ll also need a Bible so you can understand what you’ve just done. I recommend you start reading from the book of Romans and the gospels. There is so much more in store for you!!! I’m excited for you!!! love you bunches
    To skeptics who think life end when you die or that your living a ‘good life’ will send you to Heaven, it isn’t true! No Jesus. No eternal life. Think it through and reconsider…

    • Oh, what are you doing on this site? Go away and annoy someone less intelligent than yourself who you can probably convince, teach them about the tooth fairy and santa claus at the same time.

      • I’m so tired of you obsessive fucks bashing religion all the time like you getting payed for it. It’s always CHRISTIANITY too, or ISLAM when you’re feeling more radical and the Politically Correct police aren’t looking.

        Secular Atheists obsessed with bashing religion are as bad as Islamists who want to force their Allah down everyone’s throats.

        You both are a cancer. I hope you know this.

  46. Natasha i am a 15 year old boy and when i read this i felt the most sincere hurt about what happened to you i am extremely sorry for what happened to you. im am praying for you OK now i am going to tell you that i am a christian and that all of the Muslims are ridiculous Jesus Christ is the one and only god and he was your savior that day and i praise you that you prayed to him and he saved you from getting killed and i hope you see this comment please respond to me if you go to church because i would love to pray with you and GOD has condemned those men that did that to you and he has rewarded the men that helped you and saved you i believe your story a hundred percent i am fifteen year old that does not use derogatory comments people you say stuff on the internet that you would never say in person so you should all be ashamed of your self’s AMEN in the LORD GOD almighty Jesus Christ GOD i s going to be with you always Natasha love john.N

  47. After being shocked about what happened to you, I now am in shock about some of the comments above.
    People’s abilities in cruelty, denial and stupidity are absolutely mindblowing..

    I wish you all the best with your recovery.
    Stay strong and keep up the good work, you’ll get there.

  48. I am from Egypt i feel ashamed from what these animals have done , I am so sorry about that i hope u don’t think all egyptians are like that , u r strong and u will go on insh’Allah

  49. We live in a society that tells victims to be careful, not to get raped and not rapists to not rape. And you including, why are you blaming yourself and saying you made a mistake, you didn’t. The problem comes from a religion, that is often misinturpreted. I think muslims should not raise their children in muslim religion, because this deprives those children from thruly understanding their own religion. Believing in a particular religion should be conscience choice made in adult age, because only if you choose this religion yourself, without pressure of the society, you will know why you believe in it and then you will never misiterpret it like many people do. And if you think muslim religion is not the cause of what happened to you, then ask yourself has something like that happened in 21 century in a country where islam is not a primary religion.

    • If you want to know the true mind of Islam, you need to learn how to read Arabic (apparently this is the only language their god understands as they all must pray in Arabic regardless of a persons race. The English version has the most important issues wiped out) and then read the two books: the Quran and the Haddis. Only then will you understand why such things happen to women and what they really think of non-muslims:)

  50. Why complain about losing your “expensive shoes” when all these FAR more important things were happening to you? I just don’t understand..

    • It’s a recounting of what was going through her head at the time of an extremely traumatic event – it is perfectly understandable if you have ever been subject to a criminal assault.

      The brave soul is possibly dealing with symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or the precursors thereof.

      She was attacked by a raging mob in a strange land, totally violated, in fear of her life – I don’t think it could have got much more traumatic.

      It is a horrific incident but she is incredibly brave for posting this and I admire her tenacity.

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  54. My dear world community friends,
    believe me or not it is a manufactured story to blame Muslims and the Islam. the fact is that the whole is lie and black lie story.

    it is impossible. no human can do it and it is never and not done by any of the Egyptian. last night when 1st i saw and read this in human incident, i was shocked. whole night i remained thinking over this matter and kept asking Allah my Lord Almighty God, how why and who might have done it….

    but early in my morning prayers, it was revealed to me., that it is nothing and no one made or did it,
    it was just a blame like many and thousands of others to let down Muslims and the religion liked for mankind by HIM the Allah, the Almighty God creator of all; of us most merciful gracious and owner of all this our universe and many others more larger than ours. ..

    We all have to go back to HIM standing in rows in front of HIM and HE the supreme of all supper powers will be asking us about our deeds and deals. HE may 4give us for the violation and making negligence to HIS rights upon us, as we the human beings. BUT but not and never , HE will Never 4give for the violations we made to HIS men and women and to HIS creation. HE loves human being, male or female 70 times than a mother may love her child.
    He will ask every one of us for other rights that any one of us might have violated and engulfed/killed. harassed/raped/made sex or other things and sins.

    I request all of you plz be in patience read and study the holy books. all holy books are from Allah the God. but the last one the holy Quraan is the conclusion of all previous books and Holy {Prophet the last prophet Mohammad is the last manageress of Allah to whole of the universe.

    this holy book the Quraan addresses the whole of man kind, whether he/she is in India or China USA or Brazil or in Europe and Australia.
    Be unbiased and study this book with open eyes and brain and even the hearts and ur conscious may be Allah shows the right path to ; lead this short timed/framed of our life in the way HE lies and wants Us to pass and carry before we r changed to another state of our life in its existence next phase. .

    So our life is like a project. it has a specific time frame after which we change our states of existence and join back to our origin the clay. About next phase i will tell u in details.

    Philosopher and thinker

    • Dr. Ghayur, I am convinced that you have a learning disability! This incident certainly did happen. Most muslims are savage beasts, so this story is entirely believable. Perhaps you would find it more believable if the muslim crowd had raped a camel and then eaten its feces? I’m sure that is a common sight in Egypt!

  55. ms Natasha Smith,
    believe me i rad ur true story. it killed me it killed my inner sight and insight.well at the moment i can’t do any thing for you, but story u narrated shocked me and my conscious.had been i there i wud have bled my last drop of blood to gv u full protection.

    as a Muslim i am ashamed, of cruel act of those people. i pray for u and feel for u. indeed u r great with high level of courage.

    this is we weep on and for.
    our religion does not tell us this what these men like animals do. its wild and wild-ism, i condemn it.
    any how, plz do remember me, i will remember u and will pray My Allah to give u reward for this unhappy day u saw bxas of HIS men.the worst creature.

    May Allah put u under HIS blessings…amin

    Dr Ghayur Ahmad
    islamabad PAKISTAN

  56. Dear Natasha, may I offer my deepest sympathy to you and apologise on behalf of the many heartless people commenting here who’d rather say “it serves you right” than offer any understanding. You are brave and you are helping to change attitudes. In the future, people with such narrow minds like those we see polluting this thread will be seen as just as moronic as someone who thinks black people should have to sit at the back of the bus. Indeed, I, and many others already see them this way. Thanks to the bravery and determination of those like you, attitudes are changing and patronising heartless idiots will soon no longer be given the time of day by anyone for airing such bile. Good luck in everything you do.



  58. I’m from Iran, Islam was a religion started by a delusional paedophile who heard strange voices in a cave and thought god was talking to him, today that kind of person would be locked up in a mental home.

    What do you expect from such a backwards religion that doesn’t even recognize women as equal to men?

    I mean every offence in my statement, problem? do something.

    • You’re probably not from Iran though are you? You’re just prefixing your comment with something that you think will give it more weight. Having said that, the first part of your comment is about right. But then I think religion as a whole is nonsense, not just Islam.
      The problem I have is your next sentence. “What do you expect?” does not justify a crime. If you get shot in the head walking through an inner city area of a big British or American city on your own at night, people would offer sympathy to your family, not just basically say “It served him right for being so stupid”. That’s because most of us have empathy and understanding. Maybe you’ll suddenly learn what this means one day if something similarly horrific happens to someone in your family, Then you might get over your childish patronising attitude, one in which you value being able to say “You’re stupid for making a mistake, I’m more intelligent than you”.

      Oh and by the way I have lived in a muslim country for 2 years, alongside many other expats and have made friends male and female from here too. I’m sure there is crime like in any other place, but contrary to what your narrow mind would have you believe, in this country at least rape is not common place

      • How can you know that rape is not commonplace when women do not report it and it is not taken seriously by the authorities???You read above how Natasha was treated in hospital and this was a headlining case….How do you think the native women get treated??? They dont is the answer because if a muslim woman tells anyone she has been raped SHE is partly held responsible for aloowing it to happen…..I know this firsthand…Please realise that as a man you will have had a different experience of Islam and Islamic countries than a woman, muslim or foreign….

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    • ^^And here we have yet another misogynistic, piece of shit, trolling little bitch. No one cares what you think. No one needs any advice from a fucking moron loser like you. STOP BLAMING THE VICTIM. Oh yeah, and your other comment about having the right to be raped and what more rights does she want? How about equal rights and the right to not be raped? What the fuck is wrong with you?

      • how about the equal right to enjoy raping a stupid bitch who willingly to a place where she KNOWS she is going to be groped, assaulted and raped. if she didn’t want to be raped the dopy bitch wouldn’t go there

      • Um, Lee..first, you’re a stupid bitch. Second, rape is not a right, it’s a crime. So no, you don’t have the right to rape. You’re such a piece of shit. How do you live with yourself?

    • What a despicable idiot you are. I live in the largest Muslim country in the world and this never happens. I have been here a year already and although like anywhere I’m sure the society has a few problems, sexual harassment doesn’t seem to be one of them, neither does violence, and that is not me living in a little expat bubble, it’s through mingling and socialising with many locals too. You probably don’t even know which country I am talking about anyway such is your ignorance. Oh, and another thing, if you are so convinced that such horrors only happen in muslim countries, haven’t you noticed all the allegations of sexual assault aimed at the catholic church over the years? Don’t get me wrong, I care not for Islam, or Catholicism for that matter – I am convinced that all religions are based on crazy stories and have no place in any intellectual discussion in the 21st century, but even considering this, I still believe all men and women should be treated equally and with dignity and respect. Whereas you show a shocking lack of empathy that can only come from being burdened with sheer stupidity or a complete lack of a conscience. This woman deserves the support of everyone, as do other victims. They should NEVER be blamed.


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  63. Regardless of your religion or what you believe, you treat others as you want to be treated. That is just common sense. I have never been more saddened by humanity than I have after not only reading this blog but reading the comments… I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

    • I agree. I am staggered by the lack of empathy or moral understanding shown by those who feel they have any right to pass judgement on a victim of such an horrific crime. But for what it is worth, for every one of these dreadful idiots, there are many more good people who care, who have changed attitudes and history in some countries with their courage and determination and are fighting to do the same in others now. I believe most people are good and these dicks are in the overwhelming minority. At least I hope so

      • I hope that you are right in that there are more good people than bad. So many people filled with so much hate. I know it sounds corny but I wish that love would truly conquer all.

  64. Natasha, I just stumbled on your page, and after reading about your horrific experience, wanted to convey my sincerest apologies for the fractured and uneducated mindset of the people that ripped you of your dignity that day and made you fear for your life. No one should feel that terror – I felt it through your words. You sound like you have a stable head on your shoulders and a forgiving and understanding heart that can be reassured and uplifted through counselling, which I hope you have sought early so doubt doesn’t set in. I wish you peace and all the best in your life.

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  66. Sorry to hear about your experience- Regarding the comments above, man’s inhumanity to man is universal, it can be found in every society regardless of color creed or religion- that being said it’s all the more tragic when men use God to justify their inhumanity- God preserve us all from fundamentalists of every stripe!!

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  68. Natasha what happened to you was horrible. Those men who assaulted you are nothing but brainless uneducated self-righteous beasts. You are a brave person, but going back there to prove that it’s just an isolated incident that won’t happen again is just too dangerous. Those men can turn into demons at the drop of a hat (or by merest fraction of a rumor). In Muslim countries there are people that try to spread hate towards westerners (infidels), their targets are the uneducated, low-income population. I know this because I’m living in one of Muslim country. Cairo , they city you’ve come to love is one example. There are many good people there but there also live many unthinking ‘believers’ that assaulted you. Please tread wisely

    • Yes and the west is just just a beautiful utopia where no one ever commits crime or gets hurt! no woman ever gets harassed in the west.Its only the evil boggy man muzzzlums with there book that tells them to rape and kill poor and defenseless innocent white woman! thank god obama sends bombs over there to blow them so they can learn to civilize like us…wait i don’t trust him either he has that black wife and a funny name!

      • albrooklani: you’re dumb guy i ever seen…blaming all muslims for a minority..religion is not responsible for a small group who do this…bible even teach more voilance and Who started the 2nd World War? Muslims?
        Who killed about 20 Million of Aborigines in Australia? Muslims?
        Who sent the Nuclear Bombs to Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Muslims?
        Who killed more than 100 Million Indians in South America? Muslims?
        Who took about 180 Millions of African people as slaves of whom 88% died and were thrown in the Atlantic Ocean? Muslims?
        No, They were not Muslims! First, you have to Define Terrorism properly. If a Non-Muslim does some thing bad, it is a crime. But if a Muslim commits the same Act. He is a Terrorist.
        First remove this double standard, and then come to the point.
        emphasized text Now its must be stop in the name of freedom.Can west allow Muslims to do the same Act on holocaust under the umbrella of freedom?. Otherwise feel slap on double standard of freedom due to this shameful and dangerous act which cause to increase the distance between East and West .

  69. what ever happened to you is unfortunate and i don’t support violence BUT we white people never seem mind our own business. sit down and ask your self was Egypt worth being molested and disgraced for, ask yourself if a foreign country is worth your dignity and life. if the answer is yes then trust me you might get molested again. proper judgment is needed here. if the Egyptians are fighting for their so called freedom how is that your business uh? it’s your feet that carried you close to the mob right? SO WHO DO YOU BLAME?

    • Here’s who you DON’T blame: THE VICTIM. Seriously, you should be ashamed of yourself. Tell men not to rape instead of blaming the victims. Don’t even come on Natasha’s page with this nauseating bullshit.

      • Precisely. I agree. This lopsided, painfully hypocritical mindset of most people in this damned world makes me laugh. AND cry. Rape a woman, grope her, strip her publicly, coz hello, thats how men are. It’s the woman’s fault coz she should know men are animals…. PATHETIC. Gary Goodman, just don’t comment if you haven’t got anything human to say. You don’t need to prove your stupidity by commenting here.

        I wonder how men still call themselves the “superior” race after behaving like jungle-beings. Hmmmm… time to think?

    • Diane Rennie Revert of 11 months
      I am a “WHITE” Scottish woman and I am also Muslima. My choice defines who I am and my choice comes from years of abuse and molestation by “WHITE” relatives both male and female Islam has brought peace and understanding to my life because I have taken some time to learn about what Islam actually means. You speak about proper judgement Are you not brown when you stay in the sun does that make you any less “White” Perhaps the white you should consider is the white of someone’s heart and actions. Men and women alike are equally able to commit evil deeds That does not come down to religion that is a personal choice from each individual to act in that way. Why should this girl trust your opinion when it is clearly uninformed, racist and very clearly give from someone who has little or zero compassion to the human race. Have you ever been to Egypt? Have you walked one mile in the shoes of these people struggling to survive. Think before you open your big mouth again because it is YOU who shows no “PROPER JUDGEMENT” in what you say May Allah bless your soul and forgive your ignorance. Praise to Allah to make sure there were people of the white hearted variety to help her out of a terrifying situation and to give the strength and courage of a Lion to stand tall again

    • your definitely the biggest asshole worldwide 🙂 you could get molested in any place on this earth so don’t talk bullshit

      • I have been forced to leave Cairo prematurely following a horrific sexual and physical attack in Tahrir Square.

        The atmosphere was one of jubilation, excitement, and happiness as I walked, accompanied by two male companions for safety along Kasr El Nil bridge. I had had an awful day, caused by problems in personal relationships, so I was so happy to be in such a wonderful environment, getting such amazing footage.

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  71. Dear Natasha, i was reading with tears in my Eyes not only because what these savage animals did to you but also because your good heart. you were trying to avoid any stereotyping about Egypt or Arabs or Muslims while you were hurting more than anyone from their brutality . I respect you and i believe the world needs more people with kind beautiful souls like yours. When i was reading i felt horrified and ashamed of my country and my people but the only thing i could think of is that YOU- the hurt one -are ready to get back to Egypt so I’m not going to be full of hatred and grudges. you are a Role model and whenever i face any tough situation in my life I’ll always remember your fighting soul and good heart. I’m Egyptian by the way

    • The problem is that some stereotypes are true. Some societies have culturally embedded behaviors (from religion, tradition, geography, etc) that are the norm–like a disdain for the privacy, security and liberty of women. The majority of Muslim nations are still acting under an ass-backwards third-world-style conception of women’s rights, and this is EXACTLY what you should expect to see when you go there. Pretending like rape isn’t a real threat is NOT the band-aid that will heal the problems of the religiously and culturally instituted chauvinism that causes rape to be so prevalent. The solution lies in accepting the reality that rape IS a much more markedly real threat in Muslim nations, then attacking the overarching social mechanisms that breed such a culture.

      • Oh hoo-hah! Mob violence is mob violence whether you’re Roman Catholic, Buddhist, Atheist or Moslem. I take off my hat to you Natasha, and wish you success. I too love Egypt. From Charmian, South Africa – the country with the highest rape statistics in the world.

  72. We need to educate the American people to all the crimes that are being committed to women and men in these countries. Your article I stumbled on by accident. We as human beings need to be responsible for each other and shun those who do these crimes, and all crimes against humans. Standing behind God’s name as justification to do whatever you want is sick, and very disturbing. Please have any one of these fools show me a letter from God, saying to violate you. What hateful men, weak stupid imbeciles. as to this crime is a crime against God. How could there be such a God of no forgiveness, compassion, hate. If humans could only use their brains.

  73. I am so sick of this so called religion. the more I learn about Islam the more I think it came from the evil one. The Koran is a joke. Muhammad is a fool and a pedophile,


    • Well then i guess you haven’t read the Quran to the fullest. You have to read the Quran to understand this beautiful religion. Yes there are some so called muslims who do not understand the true meaning of Islam and who have not read the Quran directly, for e.g. if they don’t know how to read so therefore they don’t understand it, and play by their own rules. On the day of judgement they are going to get judged for that. But this is the only religion which makes sense and has so many evidence in the Quran which no other religion has got an answer for. The Quran is a guidance to show humans how to live and to gain knowledge of your creator and the hearafter. now i’m not comparing any religions but just saying that at least read the Quran then tell your self if this does make sense and if this is a beautiful and peaceful religion, just forget about the outer world for a second and your bad thoughts towards the religion. You will feel safe and protected and will not be scared of death as you will know Allah is hear to protect me.
      i seriously do feel sorry for you, not knowing who you are disrespecting, hope you come to know one day, but don’t leave it to late, you will definitely regret everything you said about Islam and Prophet Muhammed PBUH

      just fix up, and don’t make a fool out of your self. please!

    • Hey dave. If there are some idiots doing something it is not wise to blame mohamed allah etc. We cannot blame jesus for everything done by westerners. So leave the gods alone.

      • yawn. Your religion is just as stupid as theirs. Haven’t you heard of science? A woman has been violated in the most horrific manner and has had the courage to write about it. Don’t turn it into an irrelevant debate about which fairytale is the one you should live your life by. Horrific acts sadly happen in all countries and in all religions. The bottom line is, it was wrong, regardless of the religion of the perpetrators. And if you still think this is an Islamic problem, what about the catholic church and small boys?

  74. If islam is such a wrong and hateful religion then why is there so many people converting to islam in this 21st century? & I’ve read the quran and i understand it very well, its the only religion that makes sense and as for the haters? They will always hate because they cant take it that it is such a perfect religion. I’m blessed to be a muslim i wake up thanking allah swt because he has given me another day to worship him and be a better person than I was yesterday. However natasha I am very sorry for what happened to you, but I guess it will get better with time and those peopl who did this to you will most certainly get punished. Peace.

    • If you’ve read the Koran then you know that Mohammed was adamant that all Christians and Jews are also Muslims. Muslim means he who submits or surrenders (to the will of God). Anyone who submits to the will of God, therefore, is by definition a Muslim. All the rituals, which came later, are unimportant. All that matters is that one submits to the Will of God.

      The question, however, remains. What does it mean to submit to the Will of God? Calling oneself a Muslim means nothing if one simply follows rituals but refuses to submit to God’s Will. I see this all the time. Men who insist they are Muslims but are arrogant, cruel and proud. These men have not submitted to the Will of God. They have not even tried to do so. They may call themselves Muslims but that does not mean they are.

      Hypocrites are found in every religion. It is in the nature of all men and women to be deceitful, selfish and dishonest. Jews, Christians and those who follow the teachings of Mohammed of Mecca and Medina – most of them are not true believers. They merely claim they are.

      • I have a question about this, I am actually extremely interested in learning about Islam and I would love to ask you questions if you are willing to answer. If you’re interested please email me (I think you get my email)

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  76. God helped you. The people who’d attack you were not muslims. Islam means straight path. These are not straight people. God will punish each and every one of them.

    • I agree God helped you.

      But here is my plea to Westerners, women in particular:

      1. These are the people – they will do this repeatedly. Do not go to the Middle East for reporting etc. Drop it. They do not understand your idea of “a woman of spirit”.
      2. There is no wonderful revolution underway. Democracy does not work outside the developed Western world. Liberty is only abused by people unfit for it. Leave them in authoritarian rule, they do just fine.
      3. People do not turn from human to anmal in a moment. They never were human. The autocratic rule keeps beasts in check. That’s all. So please drop your “Western presumptions” that democracy will liberate these people.

      Enough Lara Logans please; would you women jounos please stick to familiar grounds. Please do not go to Egypt to witness the “glorious revolution”. Do not go to a Lion’s den and say eh he ate me up!!!

      • That’s not much of a solution, telling women to be scared and stay home. Tell rapists to stop raping. She did nothing wrong and she doesn’t need you to chastise her (don’t go into a lion’s den and say he ate me up).

      • what u say is true Anu… there is no “glorious revolution” underway. Those of us that are educated and in the arts or academia that have lived with Islam long enough knew this “Spring” could well for SURE be nothing in the end but an icy dead cold. because although the “rebels” that wanted CHANGE were the ones that got him and others OUT – they were not the ones that could carry the vote so they have been hijacked and now if the government and military are not careful these ppl can take everything down. They already have pushed women out of the government house… They have already took the “womans quota” away from being represented in the politics and parliament. they can now ruin everything and take us all back – into the dark ages and go down into the mud and wind up with a hideous government like Pakistan or Iran or be a puppet government to Iran like Syria has been… and no tourism either just like them also, so no good economy… it is already SO BAD!! These ppl can take us down to nothing but religious oppression and violence against religious minorities and backwards doctrines against all women. You are right Anu… perhaps autocratic rule was the best for most and we should have left it ALONE because these ppl can make it HELL for ALL… But even in the square as momentum gained they were infiltrated by these people that were backwards and “egged on” the naive young ppl… and we now have at this point, as it is said, jumped from the frying pan into the fire. all this said, I am so sorry this happened to you daughter, but be aware that these people are everywhere in all societies, but in those societies that hold no respect for woman where they can get away with this sort of behaviour – they will do these things and not even have a concious over it. This would probably not have happen in a Western country – you may have men sneaking a pinch on a girl here and there like they do so much in Italy, but NEVER THIS! And I hate to admit it but rape is mostly a serious problem in islamic countries as the culture and the religion go hand in hand with mistreatment of women and girls and do not prosecute the rapists. Its just the way it is and it will not change until muslim woman of the ummah demand it! If you proceed to do this work then please join forces with the Muslim womans that are already trying to make change happen like Mona Eltahawy. Read her story here.


        bless you dear – your story of trial and strength is needed to show the muslim ummah woman that sexual assault is nothing to be shamed of and speak OUT and fight BACK and make the change HAPPEN!! If enough woman in the Ummah FIGHT – then the “evil lions”, those which are NOT “noble lions” and are unworthy and of low character, can indeed be driven back with a whip and a gun – and be “FORCED” to respect…..

  77. I’m saddened and sickened by all of this. I am American but fortunate (apparently) to look Egyptian. I was in Tahrir more times than I can count. I heard about many of these stories and the people who blame the women for going, they blame the Muslims because they hate the religion, and everything else you can think of. It’s ridiculous and disgusting. These men are animals, but men are animals all over the world too!! Surely when we went to Iraq to kill 1 million plus innocent people for oil you cannot tell me Christians aren’t the same type of animal!! The fact of the matter is that hate is rampant in this world, and ignorance, and THAT is a deadly combination. The Egyptian gov.t did not want to believe that their people were unhappy and they blamed the revolution on “the hidden hand” and said there were spies, and even showed them on TV. This gave the men MORE reason to harass and rape any foreigner. I live here and there is a problem with the men respecting women,(in a very patriarchal society) but the more serious problem is ignorance and intolerance. I’m so sorry this happened to you Natasha. May you find peace and find a way to help win the war on women all over the world.

    • I doubt you are American ..if you really are , so you know nothing about what ‘ s going on in Egypt now , public raping in Egypt does n’t target foreign women only ,so we can’t say it’s a revenge from ” hidden hands ” .. It happens every day to Egyptian women , the wave of looking down to women is getting stronger especially after the MB’s taking power of the country , So we( Egyptian women ) will fight for our rights and we will never be the scarifice of what so call ” Arab Spring “

    • It’s unfair to say Christians went to Iraq and killed millions for oil. To be exact it’s Americans who did it and in particular the American government. Please don’t be ignorant and just post about things if you don’t know the facts.

      • i agree – the armed forces that were in Iraq were from all over as it was an allied coalition and there were MANY different “religions” in those forces, including atheists, hindus, christians and even MUSLIMS

      • @grace I said Christians because they were also in Iraq acting like animals. and by the way, women in the American service get raped more by their fellow service men than anyone in the Middle Eastern countries which they are based. Men (bad men) are bad all over the world but people want to say this is a Muslim problem to demonize the religion so we can carry on hating them . Its not . Its a sickness of humans no matter what religion.

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  80. Natasha, thank you for sharing your story and for your brave stand to reveal truth. God grant you healing in mind, heart and body. Be safe and feel loved!

  81. Dear Natasha! I am so sorry than people from my faith did that to you. May Allah give them what they deserve. there are no excuses for what happened there. However, the debate that followed, especially about Islam, people need to know its not about countries or territories. being pious and righteous has noting to do with countries and boundaries. its about the submission of your will to your creator. Allah has said it in quran that no particular clan or group will be the owners of paradise. All those who submit their will to Allah, believe in hereafter and do good deeds will be rewarded with paradise whether, Muslims, Christians, Jews, or sabis or any other religion. as long as they believe in one Allah. similarly those who disobey Allah’s will they will be put to hell and these people did clearly disobeyed Allah. If they do not sincerely repent for what they did and ask Allah for forgiveness they will burn in hell forever. Natasha this act of rape is one of the most punishable acts in Islam.

    other who have been fighting over religions and countries must under stand that its devils act to make us humans fight. unfortunately most of us wont know.

    I pray for your recovery and strength.
    May Allah help you and guide you to strength.

    • This is your islam – This is the truth – There is NO peace in islam…….

      Qur’an:9:88 “The Messenger and those who believe with him, strive hard and fight with their wealth and lives in Allah’s Cause.”
      Qur’an:9:5 “Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.”
      Qur’an:9:112 “The Believers fight in Allah’s Cause, they slay and are slain, kill and are killed.”
      Qur’an:9:29 “Fight those who do not believe until they all surrender, paying the protective tax in submission.”
      Ishaq:325 “Muslims, fight in Allah’s Cause. Stand firm and you will prosper. Help the Prophet, obey him, give him your allegiance, and your religion will be victorious.”
      Qur’an:8:39 “Fight them until all opposition ends and all submit to Allah.”
      Qur’an:8:39 “So fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief [non-Muslims]) and all submit to the religion of Allah alone (in the whole world).”
      Ishaq:324 “He said, ‘Fight them so that there is no more rebellion, and religion, all of it, is for Allah only. Allah must have no rivals.'”
      Qur’an:9:14 “Fight them and Allah will punish them by your hands, lay them low, and cover them with shame. He will help you over them.”
      Ishaq:300 “I am fighting in Allah’s service. This is piety and a good deed. In Allah’s war I do not fear as others should. For this fighting is righteous, true, and good.”
      Ishaq:587 “Our onslaught will not be a weak faltering affair. We shall fight as long as we live. We will fight until you turn to Islam, humbly seeking refuge. We will fight not caring whom we meet. We will fight whether we destroy ancient holdings or newly gotten gains. We have mutilated every opponent. We have driven them violently before us at the command of Allah and Islam. We will fight until our religion is established. And we will plunder them, for they must suffer disgrace.”
      Qur’an:8:65 “O Prophet, urge the faithful to fight. If there are twenty among you with determination they will vanquish two hundred; if there are a hundred then they will slaughter a thousand unbelievers, for the infidels are a people devoid of understanding.”
      Ishaq:326 “Prophet exhort the believers to fight. If there are twenty good fighters they will defeat two hundred for they are a senseless people. They do not fight with good intentions nor for truth.”
      Bukhari:V4B52N63 “A man whose face was covered with an iron mask came to the Prophet and said, ‘Allah’s Apostle! Shall I fight or embrace Islam first?’ The Prophet said, ‘Embrace Islam first and then fight.’ So he embraced Islam, and was martyred. Allah’s Apostle said, ‘A Little work, but a great reward.'”
      Bukhari:V4B53N386 “Our Prophet, the Messenger of our Lord, ordered us to fight you till you worship Allah alone or pay us the Jizyah tribute tax in submission. Our Prophet has informed us that our Lord says: ‘Whoever amongst us is killed as a martyr shall go to Paradise to lead such a luxurious life as he has never seen, and whoever survives shall become your master.'”
      Muslim:C34B20N4668 “The Messenger said: ‘Anybody who equips a warrior going to fight in the Way of Allah is like one who actually fights. And anybody who looks after his family in his absence is also like one who actually fights.”
      Qur’an:9:38 “Believers, what is the matter with you, that when you are asked to go forth and fight in Allah’s Cause you cling to the earth? Do you prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? Unless you go forth, He will afflict and punish you with a painful doom, and put others in your place.”
      Qur’an:9:123 “Fight the unbelievers around you, and let them find harshness in you.”
      Qur’an:8:72 “Those who accepted Islam and left their homes to fight in Allah’s Cause with their possessions and persons, and those who gave (them) asylum, aid, and shelter, those who harbored them – these are allies of one another. You are not responsible for protecting those who embraced Islam but did not leave their homes [to fight] until they do so.” [Another translation reads:] “You are only called to protect Muslims who fight.”
      Muslim:C9B1N31 “I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify to the fact that there is no god but Allah, and believe in me (that) I am the Messenger and in all that I have brought.”
      Bukhari:V9B84N59 “Whoever says this will save his property and life from me.'”
      Qur’an:8:73 “The unbelieving infidels are allies. Unless you (Muslims) aid each other (fighting as one united block to make Allah’s religion victorious), there will be confusion and mischief. Those who accepted Islam, left their homes to fight in Allah’s Cause (al-Jihad), as well as those who give them asylum, shelter, and aid – these are (all) Believers: for them is pardon and bountiful provision (in Paradise).”
      Tabari IX:69 “Arabs are the most noble people in lineage, the most prominent, and the best in deeds. We were the first to respond to the call of the Prophet. We are Allah’s helpers and the viziers of His Messenger. We fight people until they believe in Allah. He who believes in Allah and His Messenger has protected his life and possessions from us. As for one who disbelieves, we will fight him forever in the Cause of Allah. Killing him is a small matter to us.”
      Qur’an:48:16 “Say (Muhammad) to the wandering desert Arabs who lagged behind: ‘You shall be invited to fight against a people given to war with mighty prowess. You shall fight them until they surrender and submit. If you obey, Allah will grant you a reward, but if you turn back, as you did before, He will punish you with a grievous torture.”
      Qur’an:48:22 “If the unbelieving infidels fight against you, they will retreat. (Such has been) the practice (approved) of Allah in the past: no change will you find in the ways of Allah.”
      Qur’an:47:4 “When you clash with the unbelieving Infidels in battle (fighting Jihad in Allah’s Cause), smite their necks until you overpower them, killing and wounding many of them. At length, when you have thoroughly subdued them, bind them firmly, making (them) captives. Thereafter either generosity or ransom (them based upon what benefits Islam) until the war lays down its burdens. Thus are you commanded by Allah to continue carrying out Jihad against the unbelieving infidels until they submit to Islam.”
      Qur’an:47:31 “And We shall try you until We know those among you who are the fighters.”
      Tabari VI:138 “Those present at the oath of Aqabah had sworn an allegiance to Muhammad. It was a pledge of war against all men. Allah had permitted fighting.”
      Tabari VI:139 “Allah had given his Messenger permission to fight by revealing the verse ‘And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is all for Allah.'”
      Qur’an:9:19 “Do you make the giving of drink to pilgrims, or the maintenance of the Mosque, equal to those who fight in the Cause of Allah? They are not comparable in the sight of Allah. Those who believe, and left their homes, striving with might, fighting in Allah’s Cause with their goods and their lives, have the highest rank in the sight of Allah.”
      Ishaq:550 “The Muslims met them with their swords. They cut through many arms and skulls. Only confused cries and groans could be heard over our battle roars and snarling.”
      Qur’an:5:94 “Believers, Allah will make a test for you in the form of a little game in which you reach out for your lances. Any who fails this test will have a grievous punishment.”
      Ishaq:578 “Crushing the heads of the infidels and splitting their skulls with sharp swords, we continually thrust and cut at the enemy. Blood gushed from their deep wounds as the battle wore them down. We conquered bearing the Prophet’s fluttering war banner. Our cavalry was submerged in rising dust, and our spears quivered, but by us the Prophet gained victory.”
      Tabari IX:22 “The Prophet continued to besiege the town, fighting them bitterly.”
      Tabari IX:25 “By Allah, I did not come to fight for nothing. I wanted a victory over Ta’if so that I might obtain a slave girl from them and make her pregnant.”
      Tabari IX:82 “The Messenger sent Khalid with an army of 400 to Harith [a South Arabian tribe] and ordered him to invite them to Islam for three days before he fought them. If they were to respond and submit, he was to teach them the Book of Allah, the Sunnah of His Prophet, and the requirements of Islam. If they should decline, then he was to fight them.”
      Tabari IX:88 “Abdallah Azdi came to the Messenger, embraced Islam, and became a good Muslim. Allah’s Apostle invested Azdi with the authority over those who had surrendered and ordered him to fight the infidels from the tribes of Yemen. Azdi left with an army by the Messenger’s command. The Muslims besieged them for a month. Then they withdrew, setting a trap. When the Yemenites went in pursuit, Azdi was able to inflict a heavy loss on them.”
      Ishaq:530 “Get out of his way, you infidel unbelievers. Every good thing goes with the Apostle. Lord, I believe in his word. We will fight you about its interpretations as we have fought you about its revelation with strokes that will remove heads from shoulders and make enemies of friends.”
      Muslim:C9B1N29 “Command For Fighting Against People So Long As They Do Not Profess That There Is No Ilah (God) But Allah And Muhammad Is His Messenger: When the Messenger breathed his last and Bakr was appointed Caliph, many Arabs chose to become apostates [rejected Islam]. Abu Bakr said: ‘I will definitely fight against anyone who stops paying the Zakat tax, for it is an obligation. I will fight against them even to secure the cord used for hobbling the feet of a camel which they used to pay if they withhold it now.’ Allah had justified fighting against those who refused to pay Zakat.”
      Muslim:C9B1N33 “The Prophet said: ‘I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify there is no god but Allah, that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and they establish prostration prayer, and pay Zakat. If they do it, their blood and property are protected.'”
      Muslim:C10B1N176 “Muhammad (may peace be upon him) sent us in a raiding party. We raided Huraqat in the morning. I caught hold of a man and he said: ‘There is no god but Allah,’ but I attacked him with a spear anyway. It once occurred to me that I should ask the Apostle about this. The Messenger said: ‘Did he profess “There is no god but Allah,” and even then you killed him?’ I said: ‘He made a profession out of the fear of the weapon I was threatening him with.’ The Prophet said: ‘Did you tear out his heart in order to find out whether it had professed truly or not?'”
      Muslim:C20B1N4597 “The Prophet said at the conquest of Mecca: ‘There is no migration now, but only Jihad, fighting for the Cause of Islam. When you are asked to set out on a Jihad expedition, you should readily do so.'”
      Muslim:C28B20N4628 “Allah has undertaken to provide for one who leaves his home to fight for His Cause and to affirm the truth of His word; Allah will either admit him to Paradise or will bring him back home with his reward and booty.”
      Muslim:C28B20N4629 “The Messenger said: ‘One who is wounded in the Way of Allah – and Allah knows best who is wounded in His Way – will appear on the Day of Judgment with his wound still bleeding. The color (of its discharge) will be blood, (but) its smell will be musk.'”
      Muslim:C34B20N4652-3 “The Merit Of Jihad And Of Keeping Vigilance Over The Enemy: A man came to the Holy Prophet and said: ‘Who is the best of men?’ He replied: ‘A man who fights staking his life and spending his wealth in Allah’s Cause.'”
      Muslim:C42B20N4684 “A desert Arab came to the Prophet and said: ‘Messenger, one man fights for the spoils of war; another fights that he may be remembered, and one fights that he may see his (high) position (achieved as a result of his valor in fighting). Which of these is fighting in the Cause of Allah?’ The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Who fights so that the word of Allah is exalted is fighting in the Way of Allah.'”
      Muslim:C53B20N4717 “The Prophet said: ‘This religion will continue to exist, and a group of people from the Muslims will continue to fight for its protection until the Hour is established.'”
      Bukhari:V5B59N288 “I witnessed a scene that was dearer to me than anything I had ever seen. Aswad came to the Prophet while Muhammad was urging the Muslims to fight the pagans. He said, ‘We shall fight on your right and on your left and in front of you and behind you.’ I saw the face of the Prophet getting bright with happiness, for that saying delighted him.”
      Bukhari:V5B59N290 “The believers who did not join the Ghazwa [Islamic raid or invasion] and those who fought are not equal in reward.”
      Qur’an:2:193 “Fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief) and religion is only for Allah. But if they cease/desist, let there be no hostility except against infidel disbelievers.”
      Qur’an:2:217 “They question you concerning fighting in the sacred month. Say: ‘Fighting therein is a grave (matter); but to prevent access to Allah, to deny Him, to prevent access to the Sacred Mosque, to expel its members, and polytheism are worse than slaughter. Nor will they cease fighting you until they make you renegades from your religion. If any of you turn back and die in unbelief, your works will be lost and you will go to Hell. Surely those who believe and leave their homes to fight in Allah’s Cause have the hope of Allah’s mercy.”
      Qur’an:2:244 “Fight in Allah’s Cause, and know that Allah hears and knows all.”
      Qur’an:2:246 “He said: ‘Would you refrain from fighting if fighting were prescribed for you?’ They said: ‘How could we refuse to fight in Allah’s Cause?'”
      Ishaq:280 “The Apostle prepared for war in pursuance of Allah’s command to fight his enemies and to fight the infidels who Allah commanded him to fight.”
      Qur’an:61:2 “O Muslims, why say one thing and do another? Grievously odious and hateful is it in the sight of Allah that you say that which you do not. Truly Allah loves those who fight in His Cause in a battle array, as if they were a solid cemented structure.”
      Bukhari:V4B52N61 “Allah’s Apostle! We were absent from the first battle you fought against the pagans. If Allah gives us a chance to do battle, no doubt, He will see how bravely we fight.”
      Ishaq:398 “Ask them for their help. Thereby make the religion of Islam agreeable to them. And when you are resolved in the matter of religion concerning fighting your enemy you will have the advantage.”
      Qur’an:3:146 “How many prophets fought in Allah’s Cause? With them (fought) myriads of godly men who were slain. They never lost heart if they met with disaster in Allah’s Cause, nor did they weaken nor give in. Allah loves those who are firm and steadfast [warriors].”
      Ishaq:393 “How many prophets has death in battle befallen and how many multitudes with him? They did not show weakness toward their enemies and were not humiliated when they suffered in the fight for Allah and their religion. That is steadfastness. Allah loves the steadfast.”
      Qur’an:3:153 “Behold! You ran off precipitately, climbing up the high hill without even casting a side glance at anyone, while the Messenger in your rear is calling you from your rear, urging you to fight. Allah gave you one distress after another by way of requital, to teach you not to grieve for the booty that had escaped you and for (the ill) that had befallen you.”
      Qur’an:3:154 “Say: ‘Even if you had remained in your houses, those ordained to be slaughtered would have gone forth to the places where they were to slain.”
      Ishaq:440 “Helped by the Holy Spirit we smited Muhammad’s foes. The Apostle sent a message to them with a sharp cutting sword.”
      Ishaq:470 “We attacked them fully armed, swords in hand, cutting through heads and skulls.”
      Qur’an:61:4 “Surely Allah loves those who fight in His Cause.”
      Qur’an:61:11 “Believers, shall I lead you to a bargain or trade that will save you from a painful torment? That you believe in Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad), and that you strive and fight in Allah’s Cause with your property and your lives: That will be best for you!” Qur’an 61:12 “He will forgive you your sins, and admit you to Gardens under which rivers flow, and to beautiful mansions in Eden: that is indeed the Supreme Achievement. And another (favor) which you love: help from Allah for a speedy victory over your enemies.”
      Qur’an:8:5 “Your Lord ordered you out of your homes to fight for the true cause, even though some Muslims disliked it, and were averse (to fighting).”
      Qur’an:24:53 “They swear their strongest oaths saying that if only you would command them. They would leave their homes (and go forth fighting in Allah’s Cause). Say: ‘Swear not; Obedience is (more) reasonable.'”
      Qur’an:4:74 “Let those who fight in Allah’s Cause sell this world’s life for the hereafter. To him who fights in Allah’s Cause, whether he is slain or victorious, We shall give him a reward.”
      Qur’an:4:75 “What reason have you that you should not fight in Allah’s Cause?” [Another translation says:] “What is wrong with you that you do not fight for Allah?”
      Qur’an:4:76 “Those who believe fight in the Cause of Allah.”
      Qur’an:4:77 “Have you not seen those to whom it was said: Withhold from fighting, perform the prayer and pay the zakat. But when orders for fighting were issued, a party of them feared men as they ought to have feared Allah. They say: ‘Our Lord, why have You ordained fighting for us, why have You made war compulsory?'”
      Qur’an:4:78 “Wherever you are, death will find you, even if you are in towers strong and high! So what is wrong with these people, that they fail to understand these simple words?”
      Qur’an:4:84 “Then fight (Muhammad) in Allah’s Cause. Incite the believers to fight with you.”
      Qur’an:4:94 “Believers, when you go abroad to fight wars in Allah’s Cause, investigate carefully, and say not to anyone who greets you: ‘You are not a believer!’ Coveting the chance profits of this life (so that you may despoil him). With Allah are plenteous spoils and booty.”
      Qur’an:4:95 “Not equal are believers who sit home and receive no hurt and those who fight in Allah’s Cause with their wealth and lives. Allah has granted a grade higher to those who fight with their possessions and bodies to those who sit home. Those who fight He has distinguished with a special reward.”
      Qur’an:4:100 “He who leaves his home in Allah’s Cause finds abundant resources and many a refuge. Should he die as a refugee for Allah and His Messenger His reward becomes due and sure with Allah. When you travel through the earth there is no blame on you if you curtail your worship for fear unbelievers may attack you. In truth the disbelievers are your enemy.”
      Qur’an:4:102 “When you (Prophet) lead them in prayer, let some stand with you, taking their arms with them. When they finish their prostrations, let them take positions in the rear. And let others who have not yet prayed come – taking all precaution, and bearing arms. The Infidels wish, if you were negligent of your arms, to assault you in a rush. But there is no blame on you if you put away your arms because of the inconvenience of rain or because you are ill; but take precaution. For the Unbelieving Infidels Allah hath prepared a humiliating punishment.”
      Qur’an:4:104 “And do not relent in pursuing the enemy.”

      • Dude I’ve read the quran over and over again and I’m educated enough to tell you all those things that you have just quoted from the quran is bullshit i tell you and do you even know what jihad means? It means to strive or struggle and muslims don’t go killin people just because they dont believe in Allah swt. I’ve got mmany friends who aren’t muslims. People like you have nothing better to do than just be judgemental and talk out of your own ass. Go research the proper thing or go buy a quran that is translated in english from a proper muslim shop and then give your views.

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  83. Well, Dick, I see you live in a simple world where you play “Christian” simply to salve and justify your own self-centered godlessness. Read up a little on Jesus. You honestly think he’d endorse your absolute lack of sympathy, empathy, compassion? Not to worry, you are in the majority these days. “Christianity” in the USA these days is pretty much summed up by hordes of self-righteous bigots stuffing their faces with bird flesh at Chick-fil-a under the pretense that their hate and intolerance is a show of support for God. Might bear remembering that Christ’s example was to feed OTHERS before himsef. Love thy neighbor, all that. He would not have endorsed “Gluttony for God.”

  84. Islam is the problem, as currently practiced by 95% of the world’s Muslim population. Of *course* one can find enlightened Muslims and enlightened, progressive interpretations of Islam are *possible*. That’s not the question. Until journalists wake up and start calling it like it is, and not how the Saudis, Qataris, Emiratis, Pakistanis etc want you to portray it, Islam will not improve.

    • Well, you are wrong, your addiction to oil is behind the problem with all the countries you name. But if you must go there, you must admit that Islam is no worse than Christianity or Judaism. They have been interlocked in a death grip for millenia. Vidal got it right when he said “The great unmentionable evil at the center of our culture is monotheism.” Abraham gave birth to a line of virulently self-righteous, closed-minded brats.

      • There is no country or religion in the world that the muslims don’t have a prob with. The Quaran teaches muslims to HATE everybody, KILL everybody – until there is rule fo Islam all over the world.
        Funny – you blame the US. Down here the pakistanis blame us indians, in palestine they blame the jews & Israel. And finally – there is one country where there should e no problems ‘technically’ for the muslims: CHINA
        They are a strong ally of Pakistan. They like muslims & pakistanis too. But you muslims are bombing up that place up too. Doing jihad there as well. What’s ur explanation for that sir?
        There is absolutely no comparison between christianity, judaism or any other religion with Islam. It is hilarious if you say that. LOL… Again – you guys seem to blame everybody else except yourself. The amount of violence & bloodshed spread ALL OVER THE WORLD cause of Islam in just 1400 years – and till today is just unbelievable. Over hundred million people killed. We know what you have done in India during the 800 year muslim rule – tortured, killed, executed hindus – forced conversions, destroyed our literature, destroyed 3000 temples – it was barbaric.

        If there is any evil in this world it is ISLAM. The root cause is not ‘oil’ – it is the ‘Quaran’…

      • well Islam is not like that for God sake dont talk about anything you havent knowledge about!
        whereever the Quran says kill the non believers ”in battle, when they fight you” Islam is not senseless Quran says who ever killed an innocent human being(not definetly muslim) is like he killed the whole humanity. its the muslims who changed Islams reality not Islam.. well blacksheeps are everywhere ”dick nespo”

  85. Hi Natasha,
    My heart goes out to you for what you survived and I admire your strength in being able to write about this. I come from a part of the world (India) where such things, though rare, are not unheard of.. Recently, a similar such incident happened in my country where a minor girl fell victim to mob attack – a very similar incident. As a woman the first thing I felt was that this could have been me. And then I felt apologetic – to me India and Egypt do have one common thing – our countrymen’s need to control & own women – I am apologize to you for that. I will make sure I will do my bit, by raising any boy child I have, to be decent men who will never do what these guys did to you. I sincerely hope you overcome the pain soon.

  86. Wait… you just got mass ravaged by a bunch of Arab animals in the country’s largest public square: and you want to prove that these creatures and the stupid fucked up cult they adhere to is ‘actually very nice’? The attack, I’m afraid, has also messed with your head.

    • I would also like to declare right here that you will never find such an incident happening in the modern western world, the supposed place of “devolved morals”

      • Dude.. i hope u are aware of the fact that, during new years eve, molestation is common in France. I can talk about France cuz I have seen it personally.. Drunk men were out of control….

  87. This is one of the most disturbing things I have ever heard. Scary! And sick! because of the amount of apathy involved at every single step – even after you had suffered this horrendous attack. Sick because the people who did this – couldn’t see how small & young you were and how it didn’t once remind them of their little sisters or relatives.

    I wish you wouldn’t go back there. Plz. You don’t have to finish the documentary. You can just write about it – articles are good enough.

    May god bless you – and help you recover fully, and really soon. I hope the people around you are giving you all the love, support & respect you need to recover quickly. If not, let me know and I’ll write to you every single day until you feel better.

  88. While reading what you had to suffer, I suffered it inside me. I am an Indian woman, You are indeed brave to publish it, and I hope your grit, will help us to make, this world better and safer place for daughters of Asia, Daughters Africa, Daughters of Europe, and daughters of America.

  89. It is a horrible story; I couldn’t read it until the end because of what happened to Natasha by these animals. It is incredible and gut-wrenching to read what happened to her. I think I would have wanted to just die after such an unbelievable event! She shows incredible strength in her comments on this ordeal and I wish her all the best in her recovery from this. I ‘m feeling sick now. Things are not well in this region (N.-Africa & the Middle-East). Libya gives me some hope because they elected a non-religious government. Now they need to build on that with truth and openness. I hope that the women in these regions and everywhere else where they are subjected to wrongs like this can regain their freedom and live like equals that they are in their and our societies! There is much work to be done, not in the least by the effected women. They must group themselves against these wrongs, inequalities, attacks and rapes. Natasha, I wish you the best and a victory for your cause!

      • This article has a couple of firsts for me:
        1) I am an Indian and have read/heard about such incidents quite frequently here but realized that such incidents aren’t just India-specific
        2) Part of the reason I thought was that us Indian males are highly insensitive being of a patriarchal society but after reading John’s comment understood that this breed of animals is spread across the world.

        I hope you that you are at-least on the path of recovery from this ordeal. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. FTW!

  90. Look at me .. I am a blond good looking woman and I walking arround all naieve and sorts on a square filled with especially criminals, retards, religious zealots, and all under the influence of an evil spirt.
    Mmm purely at random you get molested ?!
    Ever wondered why they put divers in a cage when let loose arround great whites in their natural habitat :S
    Better learn this lesson quick ..
    If you don’t learn to see possible dangers before they cristalize you end up dead.
    And trust me a western white female on a square filled with rif raf .. you are lucky you still have your limbs ..
    The evil spirit most Arabs are under won’t fail twice, go back home and stay away from places you don’t belong to !
    A streetsmart kid could have told you so !

    • Only someone truly EVIL would dare to imply that she could be pointed at as (even in the slightest bit) responsible or to blame. SHE didn’t commit a crime, those men did! She is the victim, so have some respect! Even she was naive, she could never be blamed, because she did nothing against the law. And you; you are discussing “evil spirits”? That shows that you’re a thousand times more ignorant than she ever was. Get educated and civilised, you savage pig.

    • Holy misogyny! So women can’t travel the world? Should stay in their place? WOW. Rapists need to stop raping. Ignorant folks need to stop blaming the victim, who did nothing wrong, and place the blame on the rapists.

  91. Sexual assaults happen every day all over the world. Women have been gang-raped here in the United States. I’m humbled by this young woman’s bravery and courage for speaking out. I hope she continues working and tells other women’s stories.

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  93. This is the 3rd or 4th case of gang rape of Western women on Tahrir Square, and it has nothing to do with Islam and its culture??? pleeeese!

  94. Thank you Natasha for speaking out – so important to hear your own words rather than a newspaper report. I came across this http://awid.org/eng/News-Analysis/Women-s-Rights-in-the-News2/Egypt-May-25-the-commemoration-of-black-Wednesday which describes Egyptian security forces in civilian clothes attacking Egyptian women in a very similar way in 2005. The attacks on you were maybe one with the attacks on Egyptian women calling for revolution.

  95. I am extremely extremely shocked this happened I am not even sure this is real that’s how shocked I am. ESPECIALLY since these are Muslims its almost unbelievable but I suppose in today’s day and age it is very possible.

    I sympathise with what happened I have no idea how that must have fealt but I can tell you this is TOTALLY AGAINST Islam. 100% without a doubt no Muslim will deny that this is totally against Islam i don’t care what excuse they say about “spys” this is totally against Islam and I am a Muslim saying this.

    I don’t know why this happened and why these men are such animals, dirty pigs but I do know many non-muslims and “islamophobes” will use this as extreme biasness and propaganda against Islam when clearly this is not the teachings from Islam if ANY1 studies Islam u will find this

    Man is not perfect so do not take the view of these pigs as Islam.

  96. Hi there!
    I am sorry does not even cover what I feel after reading this. I just hope you get your justice.
    We have tried to take an initiative through #Justiceforwomen on Twitter. If you’d be interested in sharing this story on our blog, do let me know.
    Sakshi Kumar

  97. I believe you, Natasha, and I am so sorry that happened. And I’m so sorry that, in addition to going through such a horrible, dehumanizing experience, you are being harassed by misogynists. It takes a lot of courage to share your story, especially when you know a few noisy, banal people will do anything to discredit you, just because you are female. To the misogynist trolls: Can you explain what could possibly motivate Natasha to lie about something like this? I mean, seriously, what kind of benefit could she possibly be getting from making this up? (Already rolling my eyes in anticipation of more misogynistic drivel.) Can you explain why you are so sure she’s lying when you have no idea what you’re talking about and have nothing to back up your claim? Are there no women in your lives that you love and respect? And if there are, can you explain your misogynistic position to them without feeling like scum? WOW.

  98. Dear Natasha;
    There is no word can make you feel better or make you forget this horrible accident and believe me I am feel shame and every Egyptian man should feel shame when know this happened in Egypt, but I am really so sorry and please do not let this accident change you in bad way do not let it leave a deform on your soul and please forgive us because we could not protect you in our country. god bless and protect you .

    • Oh, this didn’t happen in a Muslim country? And the horrid 15-year old male wasn’t even a rabidly raving, cowardly, disgusting, retarded, ……., …………., ……, etc. etc., (fill in the blanks) Arab/Egyptian male consumed by the urge to violate that white skin, and prove to all what a macho man he is, either? British kids rape small girls they’re babysitting. Must be a tradition over there, due no doubt to their depressingly rainy climate and the economic recession. They can’t hep it. So sorry all — my apologies.

      I would be interested to hear what those on this (BTW, increasingly & tragically ludicrous thread, apparently hijacked by illiterate nitwits) sad incident involving 2 (presumably Christian) kids. I wonder how other Christians would feel if it were their daughter who was raped by the neighbors’ son. Would they be as outraged as I, over this? There must be something in the Christian faith, or the Bible, that pre-disposes their teenage boys to rape infants, no doubt. Could it be due to their extreme whiteness, that weird skin color, that makes people behave this way? Or is it that disgusting pork they eat that makes boys commit such heinous crimes before adulthood? Perhaps it’s because those awful Brits live in a democratic country, and have rights that most of us don’t, which pushes teenage boys to sexually assault small girls, because their laws encourage it.. So many questions, all unanswerable. I’m terribly confused and don’t know what to make of this rape that involves neither Muslims nor Arabs.

      The only answer I can come up with is that the boy is a Muslim/Arab/Egyptian masquerading as a bona fide British national with real British parents, and that the girl encouraged him by dressing provocatively in her cute little “Hello Kitty” pink pyjamas. Serves her right for accepting an English neighborhood boy to babysit her while her parents were gallivanting around town, leaving their child under the care of a deranged Bible-studying teenager, while they went to the pub or something, to consume alcohol and fall into a drunken stupor.

      • How disgustingly gleeful you sound! How dare you use this poor litle gir’s rape to make your gleeful little points. Sexual abuse and rape of children happens in every country on this planet. But no, I don’t see mobs of men raping lone women in England. Can you point me to repeated examples such a huge mob of white men raping and attacking and nearly murdering a woman? (because the points you seem to be making are about white English people, not black or brown English people). Hmmm… I’m betting you can’t. Why is that? Because culture does have something to do with it. And British culture would not accept such a thing happening. There would be an immediate outcry. There would be an investigation. There would be arrests. And there would a be a trial. How interesting that that has not happened in this case. How disgusting that you have to drag out the rape of a five year old to make your gleeful, inconsequential points. Until the culture in Egypt changes so that it will not tolerate mass rapes of this kind, they will continue to happen from time to time. And it is voices like yours that will continue to let it happen. It has nothing to do with skin color. It has everything to do with culture and extreme Islam.

  99. Dear Natasha,

    I am moved by your story and I wish you all the best regarding the task to cope with this experience.
    I must say that I’ve read these lines with my mouth wide open – being totally impressed by the conveyed strength and determination of yours not to let yourself be paralyzed by these traumatic events. Moreover, that you look beyond the specific situation, keeping your fundamentally positive stance towards Egypt and its people, refraining from any generalization but keeping the admittedly sad context in mind.
    Thank you for speaking out, for describing your personal suffering in such detail – it helped me become more aware about harrassment against woman. I hope, it will help me to intervene.
    Thank you and all the best!
    – a man
    Bremen, Germany

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  101. I’m really saddened to read so many bad anecdotes about visits to Egypt. I have been to Egypt many times, alone and with others, and lived there briefly. In ANY culture that is not your own, you need to use common sense. On the other hand, if your guard is up every moment, you will miss the great warmth and generosity of most Egyptians.

    I count many, many Egyptians among my closest friends. I’ve stayed in Egyptian homes, traveled from Cairo to Luxor by car with an Egyptian friend, and wandered all over the country alone. I know Egyptians of great integrity and intellect.

    Yes, there have been some dicey moments but they were all when I was not using common sense and they could have happened ANYWHERE. In fact, I’d have been in much more danger in New York doing the kinds of things I’ve done in Egypt than I ever would have been in Egypt.

    I’ll return to Egypt again and again if possible. I miss it.

  102. I feel very sorry for your terrible ordeal and glad you survived that. May be this shows how is this society is changing fast. If Egypt changes from a civilized state into a religious one. Morals come from conscious not from following any text whatsoever but this is what islamists can’t understand. I am a coptic man and I see racism everyday.

  103. The wonderful Arab Spring has brought forth he first blossom of true muhammadanism,
    the marriage of a sheich with a sex slave. How wonderful.

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  106. Hello Natasha. I saw your video reading on CNN and was compelled to come here and try to communicate with you. I feel bad for you and sorry for your ordeal. That type of evil should never be perpetrated on anyone in any country. I hope you can move on with your life and be happy. Though you can never forget, you can certainly find life a successful life in the future.

    I have followed the news on Egypt in earnest these past years. I, myself, actually lived there as a study abroad student several years back. I am sure I could share some similar stories with you about being in Egypt. Fighting with cab drivers, exploring ruins, dining in Zamelek to mention a few. I only lived there for six months, but honestly it was the nearly the worst six months of my life. I tell my friends and family that I would never live in that forsaken place again, and I would only visit to travel to the Red Sea, one of the most beautiful places on earth and great for water sports. Even then I would be afraid to go there after the bombings that took place in the area after I left.

    I think that people underestimate just how backwards Egypt really is, and how especially dumb most Egyptian guys are. Ethnocentrism causes people to lump an area or group into one big category – ‘all Asians look the same’, for example. Having traveled in Asia, obviously, each country is like apples to oranges. Chinese people are totally different from Japanese people, but most Americans have no idea about this. I could go on about why, but I don’t want to get off the point I am making. The Middle East is no exception. If you have been to Jordan, you can tell the striking difference in personality between Jordanians and Egyptians. Jordanians seem more educated and the country more developed. While I was pretty nervous traveling around the country (because of anti-Americanism, and especially in Palestinian areas), I felt much more comfortable going about my day to day business. As soon as you return to Egypt (particularly Cairo) it is nothing but endless fighting and hassles, lack of respect, manipulation, rudeness, etc. I have been to a lot of cities around the world, and I have to say that Cairo ranks pretty much at the bottom. I hate to say this, because I have never been the type of person to put other cultures or peoples down, and I would consider myself fairly ‘liberal’ in the American sense, but I must say what I feel is in my heart.

    Saying it, however, certainly doesn’t improve the situation, nor will it ensure that what happened to you in Tahir Square won’t happen to another. Action is needed. What I truly believe is needed in Egypt, before it will ever succeed at democracy or improvement, is Separation of Church and State. I have studied this issue extensively while at home and in Egypt, and know this must occur. It is unfortunate that a man with links to the Muslim Brotherhood has been chosen as the so-called president of the country. Anyone who has lived in Egypt and knows Egyptian behavior knows that most of what he says publicly is complete bullshit, especially any rhetoric about ‘representing all people, including Christians/minorities’. He ‘resigned’ from his party, a grand gesture only meant as a power play, but not realistic. Having fundamentalist Muslims in power is only a recipe for disaster. It would be the same in any country (ala G.W.B. in my own country). I am certain that the people who started the revolution had no foresight that the country would fall into the hands of fundamentalist Muslims. The ‘face bookers’ are probably very reasonable people who, like most Egyptians, want to improve the terrible conditions there. What they got now is probably completely the opposite of their intention.

    In your story you mention that you were ‘swept up’ in a sense by the events in the square, and that you should have kept up your guard. Don’t feel bad and blame yourself. Egypt, and Egyptians, have a way of doing that. Once, when I was shopping in Khan-el-Khalili (the famous Cairo market), I ventured over to the non-foreign side with my girlfriend of the time (she talked me into it). In hindsight it was such a stupid decision. On the other side we met a man, who was well dressed, a bit handsome, and friendly. He spoke decent English and started up a conversation with us. Usually when strangers in Egypt start a conversation, it is usually to get you to buy something, or to use you for their purposes. It is very rare that they actually care about you or want to have a genuine conversation. Yet, we were roped in, because you can’t keep your guard up all the time. He asked us what kind of food we liked, and pizza came up. He said there was a pizza shop nearby and he would take us there. As we followed him past the row of market tents into the back of the market, a shopkeeper looked at me (direct eye contact) and shot me a grim warning. Without saying a word, I understood what he was saying. ‘You are in danger. You shouldn’t be here. Don’t follow that man. Turn back’. Fortunately, the man we met was walking ahead of us, so he didn’t see the shopkeeper. About 15 seconds later, we were being led up a dark sloping alleyway. We are almost there, he said. I knew something wasn’t right. I turned around and looked at my girlfriend, and there was a look of complete fear on her face. We both knew it was bad. Luckily, I am not without courage. On the spot, I looked at my watch and said ‘I’m sorry but we don’t have time for this. We have to meet our friends in 15 minutes.’ The man we met protested, but I stood firm. We went back, and the man followed behind. He protested a bit more, but resigned. He knew we had changed our mind, and was prodding me about why. He offered to walk us back to the main area, where we caught a taxi. The last thing he said to us, was, ‘did one of the shopkeepers say something to you?’ I told him no, and we left. I still get nervous thinking about it to this day. I would imagine that if I had went on, my petit girlfriend might have been kidnapped or worse, after I was beaten silly, or maybe worse. I was an idiot to think I could trust someone in Egypt.

    Another strange memory was of me riding the bus between Cairo and the Red Sea, which is about a 9 hour drive. On the way back there was a woman and a baby sitting in the back. The men on the bus, meanwhile, smoked and smoked and smoked until the bus was filled with the stuff. It was totally disgusting for me, but I can’t tell Egyptians to quit in their own country, can I? I felt more sorry, however, for the woman and her baby. The men just didn’t give a shit about them. Women and children are second-class citizens there and in most middle eastern countries. I think you give the men there more credit, because a few of them tried to help you. The masses of Egypt don’t care about their own, much less western people who come there. In fact they resent us at best, at worst they hate us. We can do all the things they can’t. We can hold hands and kiss in public, we can drink alcohol and gamble in their country (ordinary Egyptians are prohibited but Western people are not), and we are automatically ‘upper-class’ even if we are struggling to get by in our own country, as soon as we step off the plane. Who wouldn’t resent us? I find it strange that people who openly profess their love of god and peace would so horribly treat others, but that is the nature of fundamentalism, is it not? Without all the black uniformed police walking around the city with kalashnikovs people there would do worse. It is not the religion that keeps those people in check. It is inequality that drives them to lose empathy. That is why they can lie to your face, and pretend to be something they are not. Nothing changes when they get permission to live in western countries. In fact, they often become worse, even the coptic christians. They can barely handle their new environment, they are still used to living in the manipulative and corrupt environment in their home country (I have experience with Egyptians in my own community in America, some of them friends). I have to admit, though, that Americans can be jerks too, in our own way. I am not ethnocentric, nor racist, by the way (and I do have my sins).

    While I was there, a french photographer was stabbed to death by her then Egyptian boyfriend. I can’t remember the details of it, but I think he was jealous of another man, or she was going to leave him. Egyptian men look at women as objects, for their pleasure. The stare them up and down as they walk down the street, and they whistle at them. They grope them whenever they get the chance. A few years ago some women started taking self-defense classes and it took off. Egyptian women are sick of it. One of my Lebanese friends was walking in Cairo and some man made a rude comment, something about her dress, or where she was going (I can’t remember). When she told him, in Egyptian Arabic, ‘It is none of your business’ the man hauled off and slapped her in the face. I asked her if she called the police, but she said no, ‘because they wouldn’t help me, in fact they might do something bad to me too.’ How humiliating for her to have to let a stranger slap her and do nothing. Another friend of mine, who a Japanese female, said a taxi driver said something strange to her in Arabic and started masturbating in the car. He never touched her, and after the drive she just simply went home. Weird. While I was in walking with my girlfriend, almost every guy in town (including the police) stared at her body like jackals. I gave them dirty looks (even the police with those damn kalashnikovs) but they simply ignored me. Most guys at home take a quick peek, because sometimes you just can’t help yourself, but these guys were just totally disrespectful and didn’t care. I could go on and on.

    The problem with spreading democracy in places like Egypt is that most people don’t understand the conditions in which democracy flourish. If you don’t know the background history and how France and America found democracy after the age of Enlightenment, then you can’t understand why it worked. After the fundamentalist dark ages, philosophy and education were not only ideal, but encouraged. Unfortunately that environment doesn’t exist in most places. The upper class who founded American and French democracy had the knowledge and support to get it done. Egypt has a lot of ‘western educated’ politicians/aristocrats, but not an educated population to support them. It is mostly poor, uneducated, fundamentalist muslims, who have no idea what democracy even means. I remember when I went to Jordan, there was a girl selling small trinkets near Petra. She spoke some broken English, and mentioned that ‘the government had forced them off their land’, but she kept saying ‘he’ after that in place of government. She actually thought ‘government’ was a person! (I don’t know til now if it was just bad English or if she really didn’t know, but I think she didn’t know). Of course, uneducated people can hardly be blamed for being ignorant. On top of it, the newspapers in Egypt are just mouthpieces for the government, and most of it is just propaganda. ‘The Cairo Times’ is the only trustworthy source of journalism in Egypt, and it is written in English. One of my friends works for them. When I was at the University of Cairo I was shocked at how naive some of the student were about their own country. The muslims there acted as if the Christian minority was treated equally. It was such a joke.

    Honestly, if you are determined to finish your documentary, I say go for it, but you best set some rules for yourself, and perhaps even get some outside help. I am sure there are many who would be totally willing to help you with your work. I wouldn’t tell you what to do because I don’t know you, but if I were in your shoes I wouldn’t go back in person. You can get someone else to do the filming and photography. You might have enemies there now, and it would be completely unsafe, especially under the current conditions. I’m sure you are used to going to places (as a journalist) that are ‘unsafe’, but your situation is more complex now. If you are still determined to travel there again, I would suggest dying your hair black, and dressing as unattractively as possible. Do you know any Egyptian Arabic? My friends suggested saying ‘Haram’ (shameful) when they treat you badly. However, I am puzzled as to why the hell you would want to go back there. Honestly I just think you are still infatuated by the ‘romantic Egypt’ and not the real Egypt. It is like that when you travel sometimes. Just like love, you get infatuated, and you lose perspective. Later you come to your senses and realize your emotions were clouding your judgement. In your video you say that you still love the country and it is a good place. Most people are good there, but I could’t say it is a great country. I would never want to live there and for me anyone who would want to live there has mental problems. An earlier poster said, ‘most Egyptians want to emigrate’, which is true. Getting a visa to America, England, or Australia is like winning the lottery.

    I know this is a long post. I hope I haven’t offended you in any way. After watching your video, I was touched, and saddened, and I wanted to reach out. Somewhere, someone in the world, is thinking about you. If I have offended the Muslims who post comments here too, again, I apologize. However, I stand by my comments and say them from my heart. I truly wish the people of Egypt the best, but remain skeptical of recent events. Natasha, the country doesn’t deserve you, and any thing else you have to give is a complete gift to them. I hope that if you do go back, that the government will meet you at the airport to apologize, and will investigate the incident properly. You are owed at least that and more. Journalists like you are what keeps the world caring about their plight, and those in the country that are suffering and truly deserve help. It is they who we must keep fighting for.

      • Such detailed and honest feelings Jeremy. Few days i saw some poster who said she wants to organize the protest against such sexual harassment, and this is the news which has come out.
        Even such protests were victimized by harassment by men of the society.
        I sincerely hope that Ms. Smith do not goes back.

      • I was the post who “said she wanted to organise a protest against SH in Tahrir”. Organised, attended, completely successful, supported by the crowd in Tahrir who chanted with us, raised debate throughout Egypt, made several newspapers here, TV coverage on the way, front page of Le Monde. Articles in Foreign Policy, Huffington post and papers in Canada, Jordan, Lebanon, India, Sweden, Spain…and probably countless other places we’re not aware of.

        And all thanks to Natasha’s bravery in speaking out (plus our own plain common sense and decency in not lumping people together based on race, country or creed). 🙂

    • I guess You are Right in many ways , but I’m sure that You didn’t see the real good way of the true good Egyptians !

      We hate most of what the people in my Country do , but it’s what You get after 40 years of nothing but bullshit ! they ruined the morals , the education , the geographicalty of the cites & the people who lives in it !

    • Egypt is the same horrible place full of horrible people no matter what kind of government they have ! So dangerous to walk around if you are a Blonde Lady .. The Same was 10 years ago in Cairo Bazaar , and the same is today in Tahrir Square !

      So many Egyptian men admit freely of their sexual harassment, and they think it is normal and/or it’s the fault of the woman they harass…. Unbelievable.

      I really do not think the unfortunate attack that happened to Natasha was motivated by political or religious reasons, but purely because of being a western looking blonde lady ! That is pretty enough reason !
      It was so hard reading through your lines Natasha, but I applaud you for your courage to share these horrible moments, so that WE ALL KNOW again !!

      God Bless…

    • Allow me to disagree almost completely with you. While it is unfortunately sometimes true what is said about many Egyptians, this is something that would happen in any country under the same circumstances. They have had for about 50 years garbage marxist/simply oppressive government rule, leaving the people with similar education and morals. And this is all thanks to america and europes wonderful support of the Egyptian people. While your words do have some truth, you cannot simplify the entire country as so, and I can easily say likewise and worse about american society. In america, every 45 seconds a women is apparently sexually assaulted, and these are old statistics I speak of, and you may simply search this up for yourself. In every country, if there is enough lawlessness, the devil will come out of a some people. I will tell you it’s very saddening, because in the Muslim world rape/sexual harassment is seen as a huge crime, and to see this done to someone in a Muslim state will bring many Muslims to tears, as Ms. Smith said of the women who helped her. Because this is such a horrendous crime for Muslims, it rarely happens. And when it does, it usually happens to women who are wearing so scarcely that for an ill-bred uneducated man all he sees is that, “she’s asking for it”.

      Of course this is not Islam. Mubarak and those before him hated Islam, and so did their best to suppress it, which is why we have such sad cases as this, and which is why they are supported by america and its like. If america and its cultured educated people loved democracy, knowledge and morals for everyone like they do for themselves, why is the US supporting all these oppressive goons? And to be frank, I’ve lived in America for a good part of my life, and I can hardly say that americans are any better than your description of Egyptians, and can recount just as many miserable cases of rape, torture, discrimination, racism, fascism, drunkenness. And if there are any who see women as a sex toy, it is americans, who get to know each other through bars and one-night stands.

      Don’t think I’m just trying to insult america, but I’ve lived in a lot of countries and can tell you that its not the place I’ve decided to live in, and honest to God, I seriously think anyone who wants to live there is truly mental.

      So please, before making such remarks know that problems and their roots are a lot deeper than they seem, and that if you look a little deeper, it’s clear who plants all of is.

      By the way, quite remarkable how she was saved by the burka.

      • You’re CLEARLY delusional. Jeremy wrote an amazing and honest account of Egypt. Like most Muslims who live in the Middle East you are delusional, Islam needs to be reformed simple as that, and the WORLD can see that. And all of my Muslim friends who live in the USA are wealthy and extremely educated Muslim American’s are wealthier that the average American, so I have NO idea what you are talking about. My Muslim American friends are well-balanced they are not EXTREME they are realist and I truly respect them.

      • Yes. Remarkable how she was saved by the burqa…
        Quite remarkable how, to be safe, she had to disappear from public view into a black cloth coffin completely. Remarkably disgusting.

        Yes, women are raped everyday all over the world but somehow… a full scale public-endorsed public-view Tahrir Gang Bang feels a little more…intense. Maybe that’s just me.

        You forget something – we’ve seen how Muslim countries regard rape. We saw it again in Libya when a woman told a room of journalists she’d been raped by Libyan forces. We saw the ordinary Muslims in that room throw a bag over her head and drag her away screaming. We heard the (female) newscaster refer to her as a whore.

        If women are only safe from rape and sexual assault in the full public view in Egypt when they’re within your “remarkable safe burqa” then — there are no men in Egypt. What they have are not men. Because quite simply, real men don’t rape. Rapists rape.

    • Hi Jeremy,

      I attended AUC in Cairo, and must admit that my 1st year there was quite harrowing. There seemed to be a lot of commentary and overtly offensive looks, every time I stepped out into the street, even though I am neither blonde nor European. I didn’t understand Arabic, and the whole combination was very difficult. I sincerely considered leaving Egypt altogether; the noise, pollution, dirty looks, snide remarks.. everything just wore me down. Perhaps I was just young and inexperienced. By the end of the year, I must have succeeded in building a protective shell of some sort, as I tuned out the men, the streets, and all that I had found disturbing. I made lots of friends, and learned how to navigate the social system (which is quite unlike that in any other country I have lived in), and began to actually enjoy and appreciate Egypt and the Egyptians.

      One cannot compare Cairo to Amman, or Egypt to Jordan, or any other Arab country. Cairo is the only Arab megapolis; an ancient and humungous town teeming with life, and all that is good and bad. Jordanians don’t live in a crammed space, on top of each other, and don’t have the same sort of poverty that exists in Egypt, that grinding, hopelessness that drives those with nothing to lose.

      A French friend of mine, blonde and blue-eyed, was planning a work-related trip to Khartoum. She asked my advice, and I said to wear a hijab, and not go out in the street, and never take a cab, and keep away from shanty towns and slums, and take a couple of good books to read as she’d be closeted in her hotel room the entire week. I also advised her to stop in Cairo on the way home to recover from Khartoum.

      To my amazement, she called to tell me that my advice had been useless as no one in Khartoum had even looked at her twice, that she had taken all the public transport (which I wouldn’t dare do), visited everything, had felt safe, and had not had to wear a headscarf even once. I was truly surprised; and even more so when she complained that no sooner had she set foot in Cairo, she was besieged by hecklers and guys hitting on her, she went straight back to the airport and flew home.

      This is not to say that Sudan is better than Egypt or anything of the sort. The reasons may be linked to the fact that Egypt is a major tourist destination, and millions of Egyptians are directly dependent upon tourism and its associated services for their livelihoods; whereas Sudan is off the tourist track. I have seen western women who came to Egypt with the intention of meeting Egyptian men; this is quite common, and the same can be said of Tunisia, Morocco, and even some African countries.

    • thanks a lot but we ain’t a camel jockeys !! :s wanna know who we are look into NASA scientists , check Dr. Ahmed Zewail & Taha Hussien & Naguieb Mahfouz & many many many more who teached your people how to think & how to use there minds !! we ain’t fouls we once was the greatest Nation in the world ! I don’t need to say any thing more than this !

      • Exactly why they don’t live or work in Egypt. Your a fool to say that your county was once the greatest, your country has been destroyed by KSA and other Arab countries promoting the Muslim Brotherhood. Now look at your poor country, you will have nothing because of the Brotherhood. I lived in Port Said and Cairo, the more Islamic the people are, the dirty they live. Sick to see how people destroyed the beaches of Port Said and throwing trash on the streets in Cario, but hell, they always gonna go pray in public so the rest of the world knows they are “Religious”. A bunch of hypocrites, this attitude of abuse comes from Mohammad anyway, he married a girl at 6 and had sex with her at 9 for God SAKE! WAKE UP.

      • I’m not gonna talk dirty as you !

        but read history & you’ll know what Ancient Egyptians teach for the whole world ! until now they made things no one can discover how did they do it !

        our country didn’t get destroyed by Ksa m it was the Turkish who fucked it !

        what you talked about the beaches & trash Dear sir that’s what You got after over 40 years of Bad Education !!! No more manners or health care !!

        Don’t tell to wake Up cause I am , You wake Up & Read !!

      • & I’m not going to talk about my Prophet ” Mohamed ” cause i don’t need to follow that Zionism shit about marring kids & what ever , i know Who I’m following !

        They even don’t respect ” Jesus ” !! how do I suppose to expect them to respect ” Mohamed ” !!

      • Dear sir, let me show you exactly what your contribution to the world of science is:

        Muslim population: 1.2 BILLION
        No of nobel prize winners: 8 (only 2 in science)

        Jewish population: 13 million
        No of nobel prize winners: 166 (121 in science)

  107. Natasha Smith, I saw the video of the attack that happened to you. and the report said that you will go back to complete your paper. PLEASE how can I reach you so that next time you’re here, I’d make my best to protect you. Its such a very sad story and I googled you to be able ot find any contact to tell you this!

  108. On behalf of theall egyptions amd mouslimes arround the world i say ” we are sorry natasha ” for what you suffered and faced in egypt , believe me it’s not egypt and it’s not islam , in any country and in any place in the world there’s bad people and good people so iwish u forgive us and visit egypt again and meet the true egyption’s …

    • Stay away from Egypt…its the worst place on earth…and yes it has to do with the culture, yes it has to do with Islam. Go back and look at photos from the 50’s, it was a normal country…today its totally screwed up.

  109. i am hear to give testimony of how i got back my husband, we got married for more than 9 years and have gotten two kids. thing were going well with us and we are always happy. until one day my husband started to behave in a way i could not understand, i was very confused by the way he treat me and the kids. later that month he did not come home again and he called me that he want a divorce, i asked him what have i done wrong to deserve this from him, all he was saying is that he want a divorce that he hate me and do not want to see me again in his life, i was mad and also frustrated do not know what to do,i was sick for more than 2 weeks because of the divorce. i love him so much he was everything to me without him my life is incomplete. i told my sister and she told me to contact a spell caster, i never believe in all this spell casting of a thing. i just want to try if something will come out of it. i contacted traditionalspelltemple for the return of my husband to me, they told me that my husband have been taken by another woman, that she cast a spell on him that is why he hate me and also want us to divorce. then they told me that they have to cast a spell on him that will make him return to me and the kids, they casted the spell and after 1 week my husband called me and he told me that i should forgive him, he started to apologize on phone and said that he still live me that he did not know what happen to him that he left me. it was the spell that he traditionalspelltemple casted on him that make him comeback to me today,me and my family are now happy again today. thank you traditionalspelltemplefor what you have done for me i would have been nothing today if not for your great spell. i want you my friends who are passing through all this kind of love problem of getting back their husband, wife , or ex boyfriend and girlfriend to contact traditionalspellhospital@gmail.com and you will see that your problem will be solved without any delay.

    • You have no reason to say that…besides there are witnesses and video footage.

      The way to deal with sexual assault here is to fight it, not deny it.

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  111. Sorry for what happened to you. This is outrageous. Yes dear there are a lot of animals around, and more frustrated they are the more dangerous they can get. i HOPE that with the so called damned Arabic fucking spring, many animals will turn to humans. As an Arabic christian – Lebanese actually -, i can tell that : pray for those who did bad to you, and forgive them, that is what Jesus Christ taught us to do.

    • @swissindipendentpeaceworker. I’m really disgusted about your reaction and what you are writing here. I see no reason why natasha smith would make something like this up. From female friends in Cairo I’ve personally heard several stories like that, even though none this grave. Plus, who are you to call yourself swissindipedentpeaceworker? Your english writing tells me that you are not really swiss. And as a peaceworker you should know better than to write stuff like that. In any case: shame on you!

      • ja doch ich bin aus der schweiz-und als demokratisch denkender mensch darf ich hier sagen was ich denke

      • @swissindependantpeaceworker geehrte Ungläubigen demokratische Schweizer Arschloch, Es gibt auch keinen Beweis dafür, dass die Luft die Du atmest, oder dass Elektrizität, Gravitation oder Magnetismus existiert, da Du es nicht sehen kannst. Vieleicht existierst du auch nicht. ‘ ist mir eigentlich sceiss egal.

      • My bad, an Schweizer Gymnasien lernt man normalerweise besser Englisch und als Peaceworker solltest du ein bisschen auf der Welt rumgekommen sein, jedenfalls soviel, dass du nicht ganz naiv bist was alles passieren kann. Zum Thema: Das hat mit Demokratie nichts viel zu tun, höchstens mit Meinungsfreiheit, wenn du in diese Richtung gehen willst. Aber das ist absolut nicht der Punkt. Es geht vielmehr darum, dass man Opfer von Gewalt nicht noch beschimpft und nach Beweisen fordert, die gar nicht erbracht werden können und so noch ein zweites Mal einer Tortur unterzieht, die unter Umständen fast noch schlimmer ist als der Vorfall selbst. Ja, es ist möglich, sie kann die Geschichte erfunden haben, aber die Wahrscheinlichkeit ist äusserst klein und die Wahrscheinlichkeit, dass du einer Person, die schon genug leid erfahren hat noch mehr zufügst ist sehr gross. Wieso solltest du soetwas machen? Zudem kannst du dich besser informieren: Denn egal ob diese bestimmte Geschichte erfunden ist oder nicht: Es gibt sehr viele andere ähnliche Fälle von Kairo, die können gar nicht alle erfunden sein.

    • You mean the mob was inconsiderate enough to rob her of her phone so she could video it all for you?

      Lots of sand up there in that stone age desert for a country.
      Keep your head buried in it – or watch the video.

      • read the history again ,,,, coz u r blind ,, u will see the difference between a 7000 years civilization and a 250 years one ,,

  112. A lady more who lost her illusions about Islam. If all the journalists of the world would tell the truth about the Arab ‘spring’, future would be nicer, I believe. But the lies go on and on. When you listen to Belgian radio you’d think this ‘revolution’ has something to do with freedom. Of course it has something to do with freedom. It is a fight for the freedom to slaughter, plunder and rape. That’s why these shitty muslims attacked Mubarak. He wanted a civilized country. Poor naïeve fellow! he didn’t understand that you cannot embed civilization in an Islamic environment.

  113. As Natasha case demonstrates Muslim violence against Infidels and other Muslims are not isolated episodes. They are part of an ongoing process that has accompanied Islam throughout its entire history. In fact, the absolute majority of Muslims who die a violent death are not killed by “infidels”: they are slaughtered by other Muslims. Therefore, if the Western appeasers definition of peace has anything at all in common with mine, Islam, contrary to their opinion, is not about peace at all. If you disagree, I will be grateful if you share your definition of peace with me.

    Maybe it is about deep personal beliefs? Let’s see. Islam is the only religion in the modern world that accepts forced conversions. Just a few years ago, two Western journalists were abducted in Gaza and held for ransom — also a uniquely Islamic practice. While in captivity, they were given a simple choice: convert to Islam or die. They converted. Not a single person of any authority in the entire Dar el-Islam has objected against that rape. And why would they? For 14 centuries Mohammad’s followers have spread Islam by the sword. For 14 centuries that worked for them. Why stop now?

    I am no hero myself. I have to admit that if I were offered the same choice, I would, most probably, choose life and repeat the shahadah after my tormentors. But how would those foreign sounds that are utterly meaningless to me, sounds that were forced out of me by the gun at my temple or a knife at my throat, change the way I feel towards Islam and everything it stands for? You can force someone to follow your rituals; you can even force someone to fight on your side. But can you force a person to believe or not to believe something? No more than you can force an Islamic country into democracy, even if the entire military might of the United States is at your disposal. No, dear left wing peace mongers, Islam has nothing to do with personal beliefs.

      • Ms. Smith’s ordeal happened in a country which follows the “religion of piss/peace.” And, frankly, such things only happen in the Islamic hell-holes of the world. Egypt is fast approaching mass famine – couldn’t happen to a nicer group of people.

      • @Attorney
        So, you claim that the problem is about Islam itself?

        Islam doesn’t have “hell-holes” as you said ;Islam exists in all countries around the world.
        Aren’t there Muslim people in your country?
        are they doing such things in your country?
        Is this type of attack happens only in Islamic countries among all countries in the world? haven’t you heard about sexual harassment committed by non Muslim man against woman in any non Muslim country?
        note that the people attacked her were probably Muslims, but people saved her were diffidently Muslims. why have you noticed the bad thing and turned a blind eye to good deeds?
        if it is a problem about Islam itself, Muslim people weren’t to save her.
        i repeat it: it is an ethical, ethical, ethical problem.

  114. hy everybody i was travelling some times to cairo to egypt-sinai…its a very sad story but this has nothing to do with islam-islam does not learn to rape a woman-does not say to beat a woman.its so sad but humans have to go behind the facts…egypt people and specially from cairo are wonderful humans-as an traveller i can tell…all over the world there are brutal humans…i just hopr that this woman can go over it from this shock….

      • 4 (34) Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the husband´s) absence what Allah would have them guard. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (Next), refuse to share their beds, (And last) beat them (lightly); but if they return to obedience, seek not against them Means (of annoyance): For Allah is Most High, great (above you all).

        4 (34) Alrrijalu qawwamoona AAala alnnisa-i bima faddala Allahu baAAdahum AAala baAAdin wabima anfaqoo min amwalihim faalssalihatu qanitatun hafithatun lilghaybi bima hafitha Allahu waallatee takhafoona nushoozahunna faAAithoohunna waohjuroohunna fee almadajiAAi waidriboohunna fa-in ataAAnakum fala tabghoo AAalayhinna sabeelan inna Allaha kana AAaliyyan kabeeran

        الرِّجَالُ قَوَّامُونَ عَلَى النِّسَاءِ بِمَا فَضَّلَ اللَّهُ بَعْضَهُمْ عَلَىٰ بَعْضٍ وَبِمَا أَنفَقُوا مِنْ أَمْوَالِهِمْ ۚ فَالصَّالِحَاتُ قَانِتَاتٌ حَافِظَاتٌ لِّلْغَيْبِ بِمَا حَفِظَ اللَّهُ ۚ وَاللَّاتِي تَخَافُونَ نُشُوزَهُنَّ فَعِظُوهُنَّ وَاهْجُرُوهُنَّ فِي الْمَضَاجِعِ وَاضْرِبُوهُنَّ ۖ فَإِنْ أَطَعْنَكُمْ فَلَا تَبْغُوا عَلَيْهِنَّ سَبِيلًا ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلِيًّا كَبِيرً
        In the English translation the adverb lightly is inserted by the translator. It is not a part of the Arabic original. A muhammadan man is sanctioned by his holy book to beat his spouse(s), and not only with a siwak.

      • Yes I agree, as a former Muslim it does state this in Quran 4:34, thus the reason I am no longer a muslim.

  115. I bet everyone now knows why a revolution happened in Egypt… A lot of things need to change around here, I really want to say sorry as an Egyptian… But I can’t, no words will ever be enough.

  116. i dont know wat to say am realy so sorry fr ths all as an egyptian girl am sorry fr ths too much if ur ths story is real bt i wounder when ths happened ???????? we heared nothing abt sexual harrassment in tahrir square i gone there befre bt ths square was full of good ethics nothing frm ths was happeneing at the time of 25th jan revoloution …..my heart is acheing since i red ths story feeling so embarssed …i say sory again to u sister …our cultur is not and never been and will never goes like ths …..if ths story is fake i ll never forgive u realy as u giving bad repution to us and to our country and to islam ………

  117. 😥 😥 😥 we r sry
    plz and dnt hate Egypt 10% only r like dogs and other 90% r good one plz plz forgive us and pray 2 jesus 2 forgive us 😦

  118. hi natasha smith …
    my name is phillippe moussa
    i am egyptian …..i just wanted to say sorry 😦
    God bless ur life

  119. Natasha .. One million Aahabibty your safety and the safety on you Lord you’re fine now .. I am Egyptian and Ruby Ahabit know you said that Egypt and its people pretty good Jaddaaa, but unfortunately just in the ads fulfilled for spies and in Egypt because of the high rate of ignorance like this happened and think Maaky Lanka spy .. I Batdhir Lekki Jaddaaa and I love Aúolk that all of Egypt was safe and I am your girl Bnzel at any time, all the time and there is no Mae never no respect for the woman has, but unfortunately the verbal events Elly got Maaky stemming from the people we want the image and shape of Egypt shaking in front of the world .. Welcome Aahabibty your safety and Becky in Egypt at any time and we all open our homes to Lekki Lord Zaalana and you may be not beyond mishap and de Tenseeha I Arefh difficult to forget that Avatar Please try again .. Kter regret at the event Meka .. : (

  120. here is a story for all those who claim Muslims are terrorists. this story is to tell u that terrorism has no religion
    1-june-2009, from 2 years ago a Muslim girl called Marwa Elsherbine was murdered by a German citizen, born in Perm, Russia but claiming German ethnic origin ,abuse at El-Sherbiny in a public playground for children in Dresden,El-Sherbiny, wearing an Islamic headscarf, was called an ‘Islamist’, ‘terrorist’ and ‘slut’. Others present tried to intervene, but Alex W. continued the verbal abuse for several minutes until the police arrived at the scene, directing epithets in Russian and German at the Russian-speaking bystanders who tried to reason with him

    Alex W. was charged with defamation, pressed by El-Sherbiny as any civilized and rational person would do, and found guilty by the district court of Dresden, issuing a fine of 780 Euro. During the trial Alex W. claimed mitigating circumstances for the act of insulting El-Sherbiny, suggesting that ‘people like her’ were not real humans and therefore cannot be insulted. The Public Prosecutor successfully appealed the verdict to achieve a higher conviction due to the openly xenophobic character of the incident. . At the appeal hearing at the regional court in Dresden, 1 July 2009, eight persons were present in the courtroom: a panel of one professional and two lay judges, the prosecutor, Alex W. as the defendant, his defense counsel, El-Sherbiny as witness for the prosecution, and her husband and son as observers. No security personnel was present and no security searches of individuals and their possessions were carried out, common in cases without anticipated security concerns and with no persons under arrest present. After El-Sherbiny had testified, Alex W. strode across the courtroom and attacked her with a knife with an 18 cm (7 in) long blade, which he had taken into the courtroom in his backpack. El-Sherbiny received multiple stab wounds to the upper body and arm (at least 16). During the attack Alex W. was allegedly shouting ‘You don’t deserve to live!’ While trying to protect his wife, El-Sherbini’s husband Elwy Ali-Okaz was also stabbed. A police officer, who was in the court building testifying in an unrelated case was called to the scene to intervene, but mistook Elwy Ali-Okaz for the attacker and shot him in the lower leg. A criminal investigation against the police officer was ongoing as of 25 August 2009. Marwa El-Sherbiny died on the scene, succumbing to her injuries. Alex W. was arrested on the scene.Elwy Ali-Okaz, Marwa’s husband, critically wounded in the stabbing attack, was in a coma for two days. He subsequently received physical therapy for several weeks in a hospital near Dresden for the stabbing and shooting injuries. Mustafa, son of Marwa was present in the court room. German officials rejected to hand over son to Egyptian embassy and set him to an orphanage after incident. Marwa’s family had known about the murder 2 days later, through a friend in Germany, and not through the Egyptian embassy in Germany. Tarek ElSherbiny Says Germany has responded poorly to his sister’s murder Alex W. was held on remand on suspicion of murder of Marwa El-Sherbiny and attempted murder of Elwy Ali Okaz. He was formally charged with murder, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, attempted murder and grievous bodily harm by the public prosecutor’s office on 25 August 2009. Prosecutors cited hate against non-Europeans and Muslims as the motive, perfidiousness as a qualifying feature for the murder charge, and full criminal responsibility as the result of a psychiatric evaluation. His trial has been tentatively scheduled to begin on 26 October 2009 . Elwy Ali Okaz is intending to act in the role of co-plaintiff for the trial.. As of 25 August 2009 Alex W. had made no statement to investigators. An application for a change of venue by W.’s defense lawyer was refused by the upper regional court (Oberlandesgericht).

    • I’m sorry, but one solitary incident of a German man assaulting a Muslim woman does not disprove “terrorism” (which has absolutely no bearing on this blog post, by the way) nor does it negate the horrific and systematic sexual harassment, rape, degradation, and genital mutilation suffered by Muslim women at the hands of Muslim men. It is fortunate the incident mentioned above did not feature an Egyptian man, for it is certain if it did there would never have been any criminal charges.

    • Just for a correction in your understanding , it is always better to blame the socio political cultures whose followers rule certain parts of world , justify the crimes of human beings who dare to be different.
      For proper nouns sake you may use the following.
      Sharia for all world.
      IRAN, Pakistan, etc
      Non Beleivers,
      Forced Conversions, rapes,
      Unnoticed, unpunished attacks on non believers ( Dhimmis ) or weak believers ,specially children and women by LAW of lands of Sharia..
      Now lets have example of institutionalization of such religious atrocities from non believers part of governments.

    • Did you notice something?
      You even “reported” it yourself?
      He was charged, tried, convicted and sentenced – on both counts.

    • Venting your anger or hate against poor unarmed muslims is wrong.

      But this does not prove anything. The religion of Islam is like ‘EVIL PERSONIFIED’ in this world.

      1. Quaran teaches (commands) muslims to hate all other religions: jews, christians, idol-worshippers, west. Not just in a few verses but in copious amounts. Then it goes further & commands them to KILL these non-believers – wherever you find them. If you read those verses – you would be amazed at the level of violence advocated in a holy book (THE most important holy book of the muslims). It talks about jihad in over 160 verses. And thousands of verses in the hadiths (which document the life & words of muhammad), shariya law etc.

      In fact – THE MOST IMPORTANT THING A MUSLIM CAN DO IS WAGE WAR – DO JIHAD & KILL PEOPLE. Yes, there is nothing else that would get them heaven like doing jihad. That is what Islam teaches.

      2. It clearly commands them to struggle & fight until there is the rule of Islam all over the world. So in other words – even if you want peace, try to be good to them, there is no peace possible. EVER!

      3. They can have 4 wives, are free to have sex with slave girls. After a war, they can take the women as sex-slaves. Even in 2012 – there is a woman MP (from this very hellhole of Egypt) who was pushing for a law where they can ‘buy’ female prisoners of wars from non-muslim countries. The other journalist who suffered a similar fate in Egypt – while being attacked one of the men shouted – she is a jew (probably as an attempt to justify the rape in their own minds).

      4. They say – the blood & property of a non-muslim is the right of a muslim to own.

      5. These are not my biased views – I have heard debates and the muslim response to these questions. And there was nothing to give me any hope. Not only that – you read about the life of Muhammad and the same thing. Then I heard what the mullas were preaching, what was being taught in the books – and again the same pattern. Hatred and venom against jews (especially Israel), christians, hindus, buddhists, the west. Declarations of jihad. Mob justice & death fatwas – for minor mistakes. Finally you see what the muslims are doing – and that too is consistent with what is being taught to them and how it generates some of the most brutal animals and killers.

      I am sorry, but it is truly a factory for EVIL. Simply cannot be compared with anything else in the world. I TRULY believe that Islam is the religion of satan. Watch the following videos on youtube:

      1. Islamization of Europe:

      2. Three stages of jihad:

      3. The third jihad:

  121. All of these men needs to be brutally killed and murdered, I am so sorry for what happened to you, please do not visit any arabic country ever, even ourselves arabs hate it here, everything is so corrupt.

    God, please, kill them all, make them suffer, for our sakes…Amen..

    • loooool please speak for your self, we Egyptians love our country, am married and i love my Egyptian man so much that i will die for him, he loves me and treats me like a queen and i know aloooooot of ppl the same way so speak for your self

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  123. I really don’t know what is more creepy: The fact of being raped or the fact that you went there naively. I think the latter is more creepy. Thank you very much for reading.

  124. Let’s look at this scenario: first the countries of the OIC (the Ummah) declare war on some non muhammadan countries, the United Kingdom of Great Britain for instance. Knights of the Ummah then capture unbelieving British women and than sell them on the slave markets of the middle east. This scenario have been played in the past (the Ummayad, the Abasid, the Ottoman onslaught to mention a few). Horrifying to us kufaar people. That’s why we should be for ever vigilant less the abovementioned nightmare come true.

  125. WoW that reminded me of Michael jackson “Thriller” lol

    I really cant blv that any sane person would believe this story!

    Did you really buy this shit! you really believe that exaggerated story that if someone told me it happened in 18th century i would laugh and think of it as a joke!

    Suddenly while she was walking hundreds of men decided to get that chick and gang bang her! after she crossed that line all men became so evil but 5 seconds ago no one even looked at her!

    Well i just laugh when i read her story and i laugh even more when i find others who believe that girl! she need to get her head examined! really did you buy this crap LOL

    • We can only hope it happens to you one day (even if you’re a man, hopefully in prison, while bending over to get the soap) so all others can have a good laugh at your story.

  126. Being a true mumina ms. Rehaab wil agree with mrs. Salwa al Mutairi. It’s allright to treat kafir women as slaves.

    In the age of instant information many a truth how ugly it may be will be exposed in the harsh light of honest scrutiny.

    • The lady did not say treat Kafir women as slaves but POWs. You and your moral logic has only been the ‘norm’ over the say past 100 years or slightly more. Slaves exist even now and the biggest trader is the UN/NATO the officials working for which have been caught over and over again for running the sex slave rings with the mafia. Secondly, slaves have clearly defined rights and there are responsibilities on the master – so its not a free for all party. People like you fail to understand history/practices and define normallcy based on your limited experience which is only applicable to your lifetime. Humans have existed thousands of years before and will exist after you… some laws are made for eternity.

      • @ MIKEPeople like you has the morals of sewer rodents. Shame on you. Those officials are criminals. This “lady” USE “RELIGIOUS ” JUSTIFICATIONS TO JUSTIFY slavery. She is wright because the muhammadansm justify slavery. Muhammad himself was a wholesale slave trader.

      • “Some laws are made for eternity…??”
        Yeah… let’s re-institute the slave trade so average good Muslim men can go fuck slave girls instead of fornicating.

    • I can’t write my comment on your reply below so i’ll post my comment here.
      you asked me to prove the points you were talking about, and i’ve many.
      but first, do you understand Arabic language?

      before replying i want to say some quick notes:
      – you asked me to prove that Quraan includes parts stating that men should free some slaves if committed sins. this was stated in 13 different “ayat” in quran i will mention some of them:

      -Surat “Al Tawba” aya: 60
      إنّما الصّدقات للفقراء والمساكين والعاملين عليها والمؤلّفة قلوبهم وفي الرقاب والغارمين وفي سبيل الله وابن السبيل فريضةً من الله والله عليم حكيم ) (٢).
      the word وفي الرقاب
      -Surat “Al Nesaa2” aya:92 talking about the case if Muslim kills another Muslim by fault.
      – Surat “Al Balad” aya:13 فك رقبة
      – Surat “Muhammad” aya: 4
      -Surat “Al ma’eda (5)” aya: 89
      -surat “Al Mujadala” aya: 3
      – Hadith in “Sa7ee7 al Bokhari”, 6337 and “sa7ee7 Muslim” 1509
      – check that link

      There are too many proofs but in Arabic language.

      Allah “not prophet Muhammad” hasn’t forbid slavery completely.but before Islam slavery has many many forms. Islam forbids them all except in Wars or “ghazwas”between Muslims and non Muslims. and that is for a reason. if you understand Arabic, i’ll post a link of “Sheikh Shaarawi” talking about why Islam doesn’t forbid slavery of non muslims in Wars.

      anyways, in the story of miss.smith, she is a visitor that came to the country in peace.not in war, so, if i assumed that you’re right and muslim treats non muslim women as slaves (In war only), the condition is not satisfied here cause she came in peace not in war.
      + these harassment are committed also from time to time by Muslim men against Muslim women here in Egypt.if they are religious, they should obey
      their Islam and stop committing that at least against Muslim women.
      therefore, it is not a religious problem.it is ethical problem and those men don’t obey Islam, if they are muslim.

      that situation rarely happens in Egypt, too many foreign tourists come to visit Egypt and spend their time in peace enjoying the country. I’ve never heard that the situation frequently happens.

      • Dear ms. Rehaab.
        Thank you for your reaction. I also apologize for my answer, but I think that your comment deserves a considerate answer.
        My proficiency in Arabic left much to be desired but I receive plenty of help from a good friend, a Semitist by profession. In general I read English translations and seek the help of a. good friend, a Semitist, for further clarification. For instance: I use the Guillaume translation of the Sira , and he takes the trouble to check passages in his Arabic copy of it.
        You’re in the right concerning manumission (the freeing of individual cases). It’s in the qur’an and ahadith.
        I’m right concerning abolition (the total repudiation of the principle and system of slavery, the ownership of one human being by another human being). Muhammadanism will never abolish slavery because it is part of the system of the religion of submission. Muhammad started his rise to power and riches by selling the women and children of Banu Qurayza into slavery.
        Slavery as an institution will be extant until the end of time:
        Q.33:50 – O Prophet! We have made lawful to you your wives and those whom your right hand possesses out of those whom Allah has given to you as prisoners of war…
        “When will the Hour be established?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “The answerer has no better knowledge than the questioner. But I will inform you about its portents. 1. When a slave (lady) gives birth to her master. 2. When the shepherds of black camels start boasting and competing with others in the construction of higher buildings. And the Hour is one of five things which nobody knows except Allah. The Prophet then recited: “Verily, with Allah (Alone) is the knowledge of the Hour–.” (31. 34)” Sahi Bukhari: 2:47

        Harassing, molesting or raping of women are not slavery of course but these phenomena come from the same mindset. Women are inferior to man. Q. 4.3, 4. 34 for instance.
        According to an imam in Australia, Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali, the nation’s most senior Muslim cleric, compared immodestly-dressed women who do not wear the Islamic headdress with meat that is left uncovered in the street and is then eaten by cats.
        Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-412697/Outrage-Muslim-cleric-likens-women-uncovered-meat.html#ixzz1zeLdrd1m
        You are right in the formal sense. In order to capture slaves the mumineen have first to call the unbelievers to convert. If they refuse, the people of the book must accept the dhimmi status and pay the jizyya with willing submission. If they refuse both alternatives they must be attacked and subjugated and taken into slavery. The rest (polytheists) must either convert or be attacked. Refusal results in destruction or slavery. Formally a war of subjugation must be declared by the caliph, a vacant position at this moment. But according to mrs. Salwa al Mutairi (after consulting ulama in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), it is perfectly legal to buy slaves from war zones.
        Sheik Abu Ishak al Huweiny for instance longs for the day when the caliphate will be re-established, attacks can be unleashed and slaves can be taken. According to this sheik, slavery will boost the Egyptian economy no end.

      • Seems to happen rather frequently to young pretty female foreign journalists with blonde hair …. this case is not unique.

        A religion that says it’s okay to enslave women today if they’re of a different religion needs some serious reformation.

        BTW. Captured enemy soldiers are POW’s not the civilian population of the defeated side. Claiming the women as POW’s is bending language; and claiming them as “spoils of war sex slaves” shows just how backward this religion and some adherents are.

        That Kuwaiti woman is advocating the reintroduction of the slave trade so that “average good Muslim men” can go fornicate with slave girls instead of un-enslaved girls. And all because her religion doesn’t forbid it. Somehow, for her, fornication’s not fornication if the woman has no say in the act. And BTW: no say = rape.

        Christianity and Judaism at their basic levels don’t forbid slavery either – but all decent people do.

  127. @ the right honourable ms. Rehaab
    You stated: “third, to all commentators who expressed their hatred to Islam, you look like ignorant, READ ABOUT ISLAM FIRST BEFORE YOU SPEAK IN ORDER NOT TO LOOK LIKE IGNORANT”
    Here I must contradict you. I’m not ignorant in cases pertaining to muhammadanism. I’ve taken the trouble to read the qur’an, the Sirat Rasul Allah, the sahih ahadith al Bukhari and Muslim, the Muwatta of Malik ibn Annas, the Sunan of Abu Daud, fragments of Tabari, the Tafsir al Jalalayn, hadith ibn Majah, etc., etc.
    I recommend you take a look in your own copies (if you don’t have hard copies of some works you can consult on line versions) of the abovementioned works to verify if I’m ignorant and talking arrant nonsense.
    If a criminal, warlord, rapist, mass murderer, highway robber, paedophile concocted a “religion” the subsequent ethics can only be horrendous and disgusting.
    Egyptians and other Middle East people are as intelligent in the genetic sense as any people living around the world. But because of the horrible, gigantic meme of muhammadanism, the whole region has been mired in misery and ignorance for a very long time.

    • sir, i’ve been hesitated to reply as i believe that the problem is not a religious problem. Can you guarantee that all of those people were muslims? so i believe that arguing for that point is irrelevant and we shouldn’t mix moral problem with religious problem.but, what you have mentioned deserves a reply.

      seems that you’ve read alot about Islam. but have you read anything about Arab people before Islam? to know about a religion, you should know about people that this religion targets. their lifestyle before it, their traditions,etc.and why that religion targeted those people. If you don’t have knowledge about that point, let me tell you that Arabs in the era of “Jaheliya”;the era before Islam, had more and more oppressive traditions against women.
      before Islam, girls were being buried alive “female infanticide”, after Islam, It has become forbidden.

      about slavery. slavery is one of the oldest Arabic tradition, not Islamic tradition.
      It were an Arabic habit to slave foreigner men and women. it is one of their basic and daily habits.
      so, it’s not strange to be mentioned in Quraan. when “slaves” or “melk-Yameen” are mentioned in Quraan,it is because having slaves in such society is not strange, but it surely doesn’t mean that Islam gives muslims the order to have slaves.

      for example, if you’re used to doing something,say, playing a certain game. if i told you: “when you’re playing that game , do the following.”. It means that is your habit and i don’t deny or forbid it, but it also doesn’t mean that I give you an order to do it. it is not a command, but it is your habit.

      on the contrary, if you read all Quraan, you’ll find some “ayat” that tell muslims if they committed sins, they should set some slaves free so that Allah forgive them.that means that slavery is not recommended in Islam. but it is not forbidden directly in one step cause it were,in addition to wine, part of Arab commercial system and they had benefits from it, so it has been important to forbid it gradually like wine,not suddenly like female infanticide.

      nowadays, there is no slavery in Islam.

      so, slavery WERE not denied then; in the era of Muhammad. However, Abu Bakr (Muhammad’s freind) was famous for setting slaves free, he was buying them then set them free.

      another point to add to your knowledge, if you don’t know it, In Islam,in the era of Muhammad, If a muslim had sex with female slave and she gave birth, he should set her free.

      all points that i mentioned prove that slavery and having sex with female slaves were one of the ancient Arabic traditions, not Islamic. Islam put many rules to reduce and forbid slavery gradually.as they had benefits from it (from ancient Arabs point of view), Islam didn’t forbid it suddenly.

      Islam is the most Religion that respects women.

      hope you got my points.and sorry for my bad English

      • Dear ms. Rehaab
        Thank you for taking the trouble to answer me.
        You stated that the problem is not religiously based, but in your country and most countries in the region the muhammadan religion is so dominant even paramount (since 14 centuries) and the main constituent of the cultures of the region. Most problems in the ummah has a religious component to it. It is probable that the people violating ms. Smith are muslims because this is a crowd celebrating Morsi, a leading Muslim brother to the presidency. Nothing is more relevant in the muslim world than the relogion of Muhammad.
        You refer to the jahiliyya, an era depicted by muslim authors in the blackest of colours as justification for the atrocities of Muhammad. History are most times written by the victors. You stated that in the pre-muhammadan era the traditions are hostile to women. As to female infanticide, can you give me a reference as to the deficit of young women in the Arab communities? The imbalance of the male-female ratio must have been staggering.
        Slavery is the original sin of humanity and is not an invention of Muhammad. But Muhammad did not abolish it either. On the contrary. After killing between 600 and 900 men of the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza, the “holy prophet” sold their women and children into slavery and took one fifth (20 %) of the proceeds. One of the chapters of the “holy” qur’an is titled Al Anfaal. The Kuwaiti politician Salwa al Mutairi is right when she advocated the reintroduction of sex slavery because slavery is on of the fundamentals of Islam.
        Can you give me the sura and ayat stating that Muslims must man
        umit some slaves when they have sinned or if they have begotten children with slave women?
        Muhammad and his successors did not abolish slavery. Slavery was en still is a constituent oart of muhammadanism and is still being practiced in some part of the muslim world like Darfur or Mauritania. In the 19th century Muslim corsairs in the Mediterranean raided coasts of Christian lands to enslave the population. American president Jefferson sent warships to put and and to this form of ghazwa.
        In the Abbasid as well as in the Ottoman caliphates large harems were maintained filled robbed females and guarded by black eunuchs. A sure sign of large scale slavery.SLAVERY IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF MUHAMMADAN ISM.
        Can you refer me to the passages in the canonical scriptures were slavery had been abolished and the even forbidden?
        According to imam Abu Ishak al Huweiny and mrs. Salwa al Mutairi muhammadans will reintroduce slavery when they will reign supreme.
        Can you give me passages in the sira or ahadith stating that Atiq ibn Uthman or Abu Bakr ibn abu Quhafa (who gave his six year old daughter in marriage to his “friend” Muhammad) bought slaves for the sole purpose of manumitting them?
        I have read Mohammed Tidiane N’Diaye’s Le Génocide Voilé. It’s horrendous.
        I will be most beholden to you if you can proof using ahadith and tafsirs that slavery is forbidden. It will cure me of my advanced form of the illness of ISLAMOPHOBIA.
        You stated that Islam is the religion with the highest respect for women. Can you explain and interpret sura 4 aya 3 and 34?
        As a Grammar school teacher I like to transmit a positive image of Islam to my students.
        I thank you in advance, Al Mulhid

      • You are either wrong or blind. The problem is a religious one.
        It’s a religious one because you lot can’t get past the basic fundamentalism of your religion that allow and condones such behavior as slavery.

        That you actually spout the garbage that “Islam is the most Religion that respects women” means you’ve fallen for that ridiculous old religious propaganda line.

        Women under Islam are never the masters of their own fate – they remain forever minors under the law and in the eyes of their own people. That is not respect.
        Married Muslim women may be beaten by their husbands if they’re suspected of thinking wrong – that is not respect. (Good old 4:34)

        And if you insist that what your religion offers women “is respect” then your suspect respect is something I never want to meet – let alone ever be subject to.

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  129. after i read your words, as an egyptian, i can only apologize to you about this sexual harassment & the physical attack that occured to you while you was in Tahrir Square , Egypt is in tough time now , people are misguided , i cant imagine myself in this situation , again accept my apology as an egyptian .
    God bless you

    • What an amazing person/thing you are. I’m sure you would feel the same way if this happened to your Wife/Husband/Brother/Sister.

  130. first of all i’d like to express my sympathy to you, if your story is true, and would like to tell you that the majority of Egyptians are not like those.

    second, I’m Egyptian Muslim girl living in Cairo and may face some of harassment but just weird words. almost all Egyptian girls face these situations daily but at most some weird words as i mentioned. there exists some special rare cases that girls are exposed to sexual harassment.

    third, to all commentators who expressed their hatred to Islam, you look like ignorant, READ ABOUT ISLAM FIRST BEFORE YOU SPEAK IN ORDER NOT TO LOOK LIKE IGNORANT. It’s not a religious problem. Islam doesn’t allow a man to touch a foreign woman unless she is her wife (foreign here means it’s not her wife). I wonder how do you link such problem to Islam?!!. It is a problem about morals. and add the following to your shallow knowledge: not all Egyptians are Muslims, not all Muslims are religious, If a Muslim’s behavior is bad, It doesn’t mean that Islam is bad.but it means that he doesn’t pursue Islamic rules of conduct. you read a part and ignored the other. who said that all of them were Muslims?!!, were they carrying labels with “hey, I’m Muslim” written on it? lol
    and have you read that people who saved her are Muslims too? Can’t you read?

    finally, It’s difficult for me to believe such story as i know many friends who visit Tahrir square daily and never faced or even witnessed such situations. but I feel pity on you, God bless you and again, don’t think that those are the Egyptians and Muslims, They are special cases who lack moral and religion.

  131. I utterly respect you and despise the behaviors of those throngs. Evil dispositions contrive to flourish in humans on all scales – from the throngs to the individual – and all over the world. Men have vast social and economic leverage over women and this is intrinsically wrong. I am so sorry.

  132. Natasha. I just wanted to let you know that I was touched by your blog post and the retelling I saw on CNN.com. As a psychologist in the US who (who now does nonprofit work around college student mental health) I was painfully reminded of so many clients I had seen in counseling when I worked at university counseling centers. Women and men who had been victimized or abused or oppressed and the pain and joy I felt in watching them try to put back the pieces after truly life-changing events. And the hope I always had for them that they would find the bravery and strength to move forward, not feel like a victim, but a survivor, and see what adventures life still held. You are a gifted writer and I look forward to seeing the documentary you complete. And lastly, there is nothing wrong with setting up a donation system — I would happily contribute and encourage others to do the same.

  133. Sorry to hear that; its too disturbing.
    For those who blame Islam, please get some education before you criticize.
    If I was there at that time; I would be protected you even if I will get killed. that what Islam tough us; to respect and protect the humanity despite the differences.
    Sorry again and hope you are well.

  134. it is Mubarak and SCAF militias they deliberately do such acts tp force women refrain from going and of course men will not go with fear that their women may be subject to these practices. It is not the first time they do this in Tahrir to drive people away. It is not a usual sexual harrasment act.

  135. I’m so, so sorry this happened to you. Whatever anyone says, it was in no way your fault. Please don’t listen to those who seek to blame anyone but those who perpetrate such abuse and who defend such actions. They are part of the problem, their disrespect one of the reasons why those that perpetrate these acts get off free.

    Please look after yourself, whatever you need to do to process and to heal, whatever help is needed. You are an incredibly strong, smart woman, and they can’t take that away from you, nor the love and respect of those who care about you. You have the well wishes of many of us, people who don’t know you but truly feel for you.

    To those who doubt her story: do you doubt those of every other female journalist who has encountered a similar situation? Do you honestly believe rape and molestation never happen? That despite all these stories, unless they meet some standard you’ve invented and the victims allow themselves to be examined by you (as if you’re some forensic expert!) that it must be false? Do you not realise that regardless of whether any one story is true, what is your excuse for disparaging victims as a whole, for ignoring the very real issue as a whole?

    And why should you not believe someone who says they’ve been hurt? Is it generally your policy to disbelieve anyone relating their experiences? Or is it only the vulnerable who have to fulfil some impossible standard? Millions of people who experience violence and abuse would not fulfil your standards: does that mean it never happened? Or that you’ve learned to defend perpetrators by rationing sympathy for victims. Sympathy for people’s experiences isn’t something to avoid giving if at all possible, it should be freely given if you really want to understand what went on. But of course, if you’re judgemental you’ll never really realise what went on, because you’re determined to tell yourself nothing could have happened. You’re lucky that you have that option: the millions of women and children who have lived through this did not have that option.

    You can’t accuse any one woman of trying to frame someone because there is no one person to frame. You can’t frame a baying mob: we all know humans are capable of anything when mob mentality takes over: we have numerous examples and even footage from history, denying that this is plausible is disingenuous.

    Do you honestly believe there are no ‘witnesses’ because none of the crazed crowd of rapists wanted to admit to abetting or perpetrating a crime that would lead to severe consequences to themselves? Do you believe someone so uncaring as to stand by and watch would come out and criticise it later? Did you go and personally hunt down everyone who was there amongst thousands of people and ask each one if they saw anything? Did you not consider that those who disapproved might risk danger to themselves if they speak out? Someone on the other side of the square may well not have known; that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

    This happened because of an oppressive, exploitative viewpoint of women, that whilst it might have been justified by Islam in these men’s eyes, is not the fault of any one religion, or necessarily religion at all; such attacks can and have been perpetrated by people from all backgrounds in the world. It is quite simply about exerting domination over women, and taking out their contempt on someone they saw as weaker and not worthy.

    This is real. And we need to stop it. All of us. And especially men. Especially Arab men. These rapists are co-opting your religion to spread hate. They are besmirching your country, your community, your identity. They respect you, they do not respect us. Change works from within, and Egyptian women need your help because women can’t fight sexual abuse and assault on our own: it is not a women’s problem, it is a HUMAN problem. In fact, it is a Men’s problem, because men are the majority of perpetrators. It is YOUR problem. Share these stories, talk about them in your community. Teach your boys and young men to respect women, teach each other that this behaviour is not allowed, and is not acceptable, and is not God’s will. And it is up to the rest of us from the outside to support that change.

    • Amazing, thoughtful and right on the spot Anne. I agree wholeheartedly.
      Anyone who further posts on this article should read this response before making vitriolic statements without stopping to think. The internet is a mob as well.
      Mrs. Smith, I am so amazed and proud of your dedication and your response to what happened. You represent the best of humanity in your ability to understand what has happened to you. I further apologize for the extreme comments on both sides from this article as well. Not everyone thinks this way, and I refuse to allow some lonely troubled people clacking furiously away at a keyboard to speak for the rest of us.

  136. Jackie Chan here (at least all the egyptian men here call me that name), trained martial art athlete, make sure next time you go to tahrir with me.

    • According to Leftist dogma, only white people can be racist. Muslims are considered by definition non-white. This leads to the conclusion that Muslims are worse than racists in their treatment of (other) People of Color.

  137. okay in Islam rapist are sentenced to death, so mentioning Islam in such an awful accident is offensive. if this story is true then am really sorry that such thing happened in my country and the men who did all really deserve to die. if it was me i would not hesitate for a second to get a gun and shoot them. so i cant really imagine what your feeling. but still my mind cant really grasp that this happened in Tahrir square with all these men involved. i have been to tahrir squar many times and am white with nice hair and i dress really normal pants and short sleeve shirts and nothing ever happened to me just a few words but thats it.



  138. My Heart is bleeding about happened to you , since i first heard it , just wanted to tell you that the thugs of old regime whom are still free till now , they mean many times to do such stuff to Distorts the the revolution , wish soon you will come to share us – Egyptians – the happiness of fulfilling our revolution goals
    by the way – your case give me & many Egyptians males & females to do serious activities against women Harassment.
    Accept my deep apology & respect
    Aly Abugabal

  139. Islam is the most disgusting religion Mankind ever came up with. I myself am an ex-Muslim woman and I spit on the days I ever got to believe I was the piece of trash Islam made me think I was. Fucked up religion. Allah Fuckbar.

  140. هذا الفعل منافى لعادات وتقاليد الشعب المصرى ولكن ماذا تنتظرين من بعض القله اللذين عاشوا فى مستنقع الفساد فيه فى كل شى حتى اصبح الهواء الذى نتنفسه فاسد ولكن اعلمى ان هذا ليس من طبع الشعب المصرى وان فى التجمعات يندس الغوغائيين و الجهلاء وان مثل هذه الحوادث فى الايام العظيمه للثوره لاتعد على الاصابع اقبلى اعتزارى وان كنت لا ادرى ان كنتى ستقرأين رسالتى

  141. This kind of incidents can be expected in a country dominated by the religion of peace. The founder of this religion, Abu’l Qasim Muammad ibn Abdallah (A.D. 570-632) use to rape female captives of his jihad ghazwas, for instance Rayhanabint ‘Amr ibn Kunafa, or the daughter of Huyayy ibn Akhtab. And since this disgusting criminal is still considered a perfect human being (al insane al kamil) by his muhammadan adherents, whose conduct must be emulated, because he was the perfect example of conduct (uswa hasana) this appalling shenanigans will happen on a regular base. You don’t have to believe me.Read the Sirat Rasul Allah and the sahih ahadiths of Bukhari and Muslim for yourself.
    And for the rest: salaam alaikum.
    And as to the story of the Pakistani Christian family: “Good luck to you in your new home, Canada, after fleeing from that Muhammadan hellhole called Pakistan, the so called home of the pure.”

  142. Rape is a crime of power, not sexual desire, and it is not caused more frequently by uneducated or poor men than by educated, wealthy men. The latter have the money to cover it up by buying the victim’s silence or the police officer’s / prosecutor’s “cooperation.” Don’t fool yourselves into thinking rape is a product of education or income. That’s an incorrect stereotype. Rape will exist so long as a man wishes to exert power upon a woman, any education and income bracket will suffice!

  143. It is no coincidence that a society in which its majority religion and culture oppresses women to the benefit accrued to men, that sexual harassment and assault are rife. The only difference is that western women such as Natasha and Ms. Logan are willing to report it, whereas their Egyptian / Muslim counterpart victims will be raped and murdered by their own family for doing so. Such is the nature of a society that is built and depends on oppressing women and gays and lesbians. Not only is Egypt’s political system built on oppression and dictatorship, but its family structure as well. Think about how so many Egyptian men get this idea in their head that they can strip by force, rape, and murder any woman they please. Who wants to live in such a society, much less visit as a tourist? As history has shown, financial boycotts are second in effect to war. Since no war was ever waged to protect women, I urge a tourist boycott of Egypt. Hit them where it hurts, and they will change. Not because they’re enlightened enough to know right from wrong, that women have a civil right to not be touched or harassed independent of a particular man’s desire or opinion, but rather, because for such unprincipled rapists and harassers living in Egypt (probably 10 million out of population 80 million) need to earn a living as well. It is no comfort to the millions of victims of Mubarak and rapists that “most Egyptian” or “many Egyptian” men don’t rape, sexually assault, harass women. That so many Egyptian men don’t express outrage / place public pressure on the courts / dictators / society to change such immoral attitudes / lenient laws / lack of enforcement is the reason why a sufficient number of Egyptians rape, murder, and disrespect women. That the family of a victim of sexual assault would consider killing their daughter / kill her because she’s a victim shows a total lack of respect for a victim of sexual assault, a woman, and a human being. We can thank Egyptian immorality for spawning such a generation of uneducated, violent, and unthinking people. Don’t visit Egypt. Land of rape, murder, and human waste. The smart Egyptians emigrate. The rest remain in a cesspool of violence against women and children. May all you disgusting Egyptian sexual harassers (you know who you are) get what you deserve; an unhappy, short life. Shame on all of you.

  144. Nathasha, I feel much compassion with you. I hope you’ll go on and be a journalist because world need women journalists to witness what happens everywhere to women.
    I’m not religious neither … so I tell you : Humanity bless you, Natasha.
    I’m proud of you.
    Myriam, french, 40.

  145. Religion has nothing to do with this. Natasha was specifically targetted because she is a White woman. For that reason, and that reason alone.

    There’s a reason that White women have the highest standard of living of all women on earth.
    It’s time to have some respect for our own race. We have a right to exist in the future.

    • “There’s a reason that White women have the highest standard of living of all women on earth.” => so, you define standards by skin color? All white women have highest standard of living? sorry that sound somewhat ignorant and narrow-minded to me, a Taiwanese – “Yellow woman”, so to speak.

      • Firstly , i am so sorry to hear what happened to you , it is a real tragedy, but a simple word for those blaiming Islam , i need to remind you “or let you know as many of you may not be aware of this catastrophy” that 3 years ago a Muslim Woman “marwa el sherbeeny “was was killed during an appeal hearing at a court of law in Dresden, Germany. She was stabbed by Alex Wiensan ethnic German immigrant from Russia, against whom she had testified in a criminal case for verbal abuse,so don’t blame islam for anything ,it has nothing to do with the religion or country .

  146. Hi, i’m christian and i was raised in Egypt and it was hard because 90% of it was Muslim.Women there don’t get any respect and even less when your christian. I got along with most of my Muslim neighbors and the were very kind but the majority aren’t.Egyptian men love foreign women because they think they are more beautiful and powerless . I am soo sorry this happened to you . I feel ashamed about what my country has become.

  147. Thank you for sharing, it takes love for the mankind to make experiences of such kind public. I believe that something went very much wrong in education for those participated in assaulting a single woman feeling righteous to do it just because some rumors, and also those medical personals, who turned away to provide help to an injured person, being judgmental instead of professional. Something went very, very much wrong in the education system for those people, and that needs urgently to be corrected.
    I would like to express my respect for your courage for trying not to hate the entire race and making efforts to still embrace the beautiful sides of that culture, that you are still trying to be objective which is not easy. It’s easier to hate.
    I would like to express my admiration for your mental and psychological strength showing here.

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  150. Reading the comments on Natasha’s report, I keep seeing the same thing over and over:

    Egyptian guy: “I’m so sorry this happened in my country, I feel so ashamed, you are so brave, I feel so bad for you, you’re welcome here, I wish I had been there to protect you”.

    Egyptian woman: “I’m so sorry this happened to you, Natasha. Sexual harassment is a dreadful problem here, I hope you recover soon, I’m praying for you, you’re so brave, my thoughts are with you.”

    Foreign weirdo Islamophobes & racists: “You should not have gone there, Egyptians are animals, it’s your own fault [misquotes or partial quotes from the Quran], you we stupid, you enjoyed it (and other hateful and disgusting things)”

    Question: if Egyptians and/or muslims are hateful and unfeeling animals (or “zombies”, one person called us), why is almost all of the hatefulness and lack of feeling coming from foreigners, most of whom suppose themselves to be good christians?

    Of course, lots of foreigners left kind and caring comments too. But all the bat-shit-howl-at-the-moon crazy, nasty, hatefulness aimed at Natasha is coming from self-styled “civilised” foreigners. #Ironic

    • I just came back from playing football (soccer) with 13 young Egyptian guys, as the only woman there, at the most basic local playing field, where about 200 guys were playing in other matches.

      By some uncanny miracle, I escaped unscathed with my life and only three attempts to give me a juice box, plus a lift home in someone’s Volkswagen Beetle.

      Some commentators here suppose all Egyptian and/or Muslim men to be ravening beasts who cant see a woman without jumping her en masse. Either the looney tunes commentators are wrong, or I am. Presenting into evidence: one box of apple juice. [Irony alert]

      • Thats fantastic! I assume you’ll now be leaving the security of White-European Civilization permanently to live with your non-White heroes?

        Feel free. Embrace ‘Diversity’. Don’t come back. Ever.

        (Of course. You would never do that. Because subconciously, not even you believe what you’re saying. You need the security that White countries, and only White countries offer.)

        Nobody likes a traitor.

        Your race has made you who you are. Your race has given you everything you have. Your White family. Everything. Try being grateful every once in awhile.

      • OMG! An actual Nazi…wow! It’s like meeting an ewok from Star Wars or something. 🙂

        Well…I’m not a “traitor to my race” since a) youre batshit crazy, and b) I live in Cairo and have for many years, it’s an awesome city, and c) I’m half-Egyptian, half-British. Yes, that’s right…I’m a product of MISCEGENATION, bwah-hah-ha-hah! Run away quickly, before I infect you with my impure blood.

        PS: Thank you so much for the laugh: much-needed at the end of a long hard day. 🙂

  151. Thank you for your brave story. These happening to people in some countries like Egypt, Afganistan, Pakistan etc. are the main reasons why I, white woman in my 40’s am definatelly not travelling to those countries and never give donations to them. This is way too horrifying to be anyway unforgiven. I really hope you manage this trauma and keep your integrity. You seem very strong and openly optimistic woman. I admire you.

    Yours, lady 49 yrs. from Finland

  152. well, I can’t find any words to express my apologies for such a behavior, also i can’t imagine how much pain you have been through. as for me I’ve never sexually abused any one and I consider these abusers beasts just sick bodies without brains. I’m really so mad about what happens to women here, I’m so sorry but I’m really speechless. I’ll try to post a comment again when I’m not that shocked. as for now accept our apology there’s still few good men here.

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  155. im muslim and im Egyptian and im not very good in english i translated ur words and im very sorry and very sad for that .. and i know its not my words what will make u feel better .. buts just know if i know who did that i swear i’ll never leave him live his dam life .. im very sorry .. im very sorry .. .

  156. Dear Ms. Smith
    Your naivety is skyrocketing. Islam = MORDOR and that’s it. Millions of Muslim women suffer heavy oppression every day, because Koran says “Men stand higher than women”. Wake up!

  157. Are you really THAT stupid, Natasha?! Muslims are disgusting rapists! Egypt is full of those disgusting monkeys! Islam is a “religion” of hate! Still you protect these bearded turban wearing beasts?! And you even wanna go back to Kairo?! I’m beginning to think you enjoyed being mass raped! Don`t protect muslims! Expose them for what they are : “R-A-P-I-S-T-S!!!” Death and hate to islam, the muslims are the scum of this planet!

    • Speaking of scum… 😦 And Nazis come to that.

      Unfortunately, your “insightful” and intellectual commentary only exposes your ignorance in not knowing that muslims dont wear turbans (not that it would be relevant if we did)

      I’m so sorry for you, you sad little man.

      • if you say muslim are rapist or skank of the planet..then you dnt know anything about muslims or even islam..and may i remember you have you ever heared that in mosque any person was rapped noooo..but i have heared hundred and hundred of stories wherea pope orpriest rapped children women and men in the church..

    • I suppose the Nazis were muslims, too? And of course all rapists are muslim. Oh, wait…
      It’s not like no other religious fundamentalists believe women are a second class who don’t deserve control over their bodies (which country has a problem with religious fundamentalists murdering doctors who carry out legal procedures such as abortions? Oh, the USA!) and no other religion has caused wars and chaos and suffering in history..

      This isn’t about religion, it’s about power, control, believing others less than yourself because they are different, and dehumanising them as a result until you can justify doing ANYTHING to them because they’re not human so they don’t deserve respect.

      And you’re falling into that trap yourself.

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  159. For those amongst us , with all respect to their beliefs ( including Ms. Smith ) who think that this behavior has no relation whatsoever with certain dominant community beliefs and the way it was treated in its aftermath by local institutions with reference to behavior towards “different” people, be they are amongst them or from different communities.
    PS – I am talking of the community/institutional response here ,not individual conduct.
    have a look.

    What should we expect from institutional system when some people in a community are just “different”. ?

    • You’re posting a video which seems ( according to the comments on Youtube ) to be some kind of propaganda against Islam. I’m sorry for Neeha ( as well as Natasha ). But you must know that these people are EXTREMISTS, do you think that all the Pakistani condone these acts and that ” raping children is an Islamic tradition ” (cf the video on Youtube ). Extremists as well as the polity ( in Pakistan and Afghanistan for instance) speeches meet their goals thanks to that kind of thinking. The Western’s ” look they are barbarians ” is a fuel to the ” look they hate us”. If you study the nascency of extremism in Islam, you’ll see Islamic Ideology is born when Arab Countries started what they called “Annahda” (Renaissance) in the late eighteenth early nineteenth. And has made the West his enemy because its only relation to it was through colonization so it was born to counteract colonization, certainly it has gone too far.We must also see that the “Western democracy” has been and continues to do when you see that in France for instance during the elections Nicolas Sarkozy insisted on the ” difference” between real French and French Muslims which lends credibility to the hate speech of extremists. I insist again, I do not condone this kind of practice ( also in religion a Muslim doesn’t have the right to force anybody to embrace Islam ). It’s really annoying to watch videos manipulated in this way, I’m sure a man can do the same documentary about evangelization in Africa or Muslims’ persecution in China and talk bad about Protestantism and Buddhism. But It is shameful, because instead of solving problems as the video may suggest, using it as it was on Youtube, it deepens it. Thanks for helping
      extremists, And note that the first victims of extremism are Muslims themselves

      • We all have perspectives to see the same thing, why someone posted these videos on youtube was different , why i have posted them is different.
        A drunk person can still like alcohol when doctor demonstrates that it kills germs ,thinking that drinking is good because it cleans body of germs !!
        You conveniently choose to ignore my PS note.
        what i have noted in the video is the response of the Institutions , institutions include the social political set up to victims of inhuman abuse.
        For all Victims in the video and Miss Smith here , the question I have asked is not that the individual or individuals have done is how much criminal, the question is ,”how institutional set up had chosen to respond it ?” and for its response, why did they responded the way they did, is this the same to be expected in all the countries and all socio political systems? For all who will read this ,compare for yourself ,do you see that socio-political system responds to victims of inhuman abuse better in which place ? would that be same for Ms. Smith in england and Egypt ? or would that be same for neeha in pakistan and canada ? or for the lady who was abused for not agreeing to beliefs of majority , would she met same fate in USA for her conduct as she did in Iran ?
        If not then think why.

      • I doubt this belief of yours ” also in religion a Muslim doesn’t have the right to force anybody to embrace Islam”
        It is because of 2 reasons.
        1. That the holy book tells to ignore all old verses for all new verses where ever there is a conflict of beliefs.
        2. That to make the belief propagated by holy book on all world and all world governance (sharia ) had been told to be prime objective for anyone who wants to qualify as “true believer”.
        Please correct me if i am wrong ?

      • First of all, If authorities didn’t interfere It’s because they are they are the big winners of the disorder ( particulary in Egypt wherethe military want the people feel the problem generated by their lack ), also in Pakistan, the regime is itself extremist, so saving this family will be in the opposite direction of its speech which could discredit their presence in power. So it happens in countries where people seems to have embraced the system’s speech. You can say that it is a consequence of beliefs but I think that it is a consequence of ignorance and rejection of the other. And unfortunately, It is not proper to Iran, Egypt or Pakistan…. You can find articles about Arab immigrants in France who were expelled after they complained of violence because they were illegal immigrants. We are talking abour France, land of the Free, you can be raped or anything else as soon as you have no papers you have no rights.

      • Absolutely not you can’t force anybody to embrace Islam. ‘no compulsion in religion’ (Qur’an: 2:256) Convincing maybe be, but it is up to the person ( who obviously is not Muslim) to choose.

      • You mix truth and lie. It is very true that modern, political Islam is far more Anti-Western than traditional Islam, which saw the West as Christian, and therefore somewhat to be respected. It is also true that the main enemy of an extremist Muslim is a somewhat less extreme Muslim. On the other hand, most people in history who saw themselves as Muslims, considered the verse to be abrogated, and did practice forced conversion. Compared to modern Salafists, the Ottomans were very moderate. Yet, they oppressed the Balkan Christians.

      • Ottomans oppressed all non-Muslims for POLITICAL reasons… The Ottomans’ regime was a Caliphate of divine right with no real legitimacy, that is why as the ayatollahs or the Taliban … it creates one by giving to itself a role of fighter on behalf of Islam. And note that The Ottomans’ period was successful militarily but culturally void for Muslim history.
        I still Insist ‘no compulsion in religion’ (Qur’an: 2:256).
        PS: forced conversion was also practiced during the evangelization in the late
        nineteenth and early twentieth conolisation during the course in Africa with the oppression of peoples who refused to comply with requests

      • Like all Turks, you are very intelligent. You mean, during the Ottoman Empire, true Islam almost dissappeared from the Earth? And how am I to know whether you are a “true” Muslim, or someone who will force me to “convert”? Also, Christianity is considered a Religion of the Book by Islam, and a natural ally against the “idolaters” of Black Africa, as well as against non-religious people, like in Europe.

      • Othmane.
        Its nice from you to hear that you ( as individual) is ignoring the call of sharia that says,”it is the aim of all true believers to not rest until all world is ruled by sharia” .

        Also interesting is to note that you are ignoring direct command of god to replace all older verses of holy book with later verses and hence you refuse to beleive that ” “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book (the Jews and the Christians), until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” Q- 9.29
        It is equally warm to see that you refuse any command from holy book associated scriptures that it is duty of true follower to work for installation of sharia and removal of man made governments
        Perhaps all of this discussion is not related to you then, it concerns someone or groups who are acting on the verses as mentioned above regarding 9.29 and installation of sharia law on non believers , lets not defend the indefensible.

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  161. I’m so so sorry for you i really felt pain for what happened to you ….
    I’m a muslim and i’m also an Egyptian who lives in cairo and i’m a revolutionary and i can sure you that this has happened to dozens of Egyptian girls every day it has nothing to do with any religious things or political stuff or any thing .. its related to the poverty and deprivation and these people has nothing to do with Islam or the Egyptian revolutionary people or the Tahrir square …
    this is the truth and we are trying to face this catastrophe i hope that this dosen’t happen to any one else whether an Egyptian or a foreigner …
    i’m so sorry again and i hope that this acciden don’t change your idea about us

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  163. Hey Tasha…first of all chin up brave girl and hope you feel better soon if you are not already !

    HERE IS A QUESTION for you Tasha:
    I never doubt what you have mentioned…..i never say that you are lying….im not even interrogating you and felt sad ready what happened to you….but just innocent question came to my mind and i was hesitated if i shall ask it or not !! you mentioned the story with it’s very tiny details,which is quite weird to me….you were shocked,scared and crying so you had no focus but reading your blog you mentioned the steps that have happened,ripping off your skirt first then underwear then shoes then top then they started….etc then to the tent,you remember the 2 ladies wearing “burqu” staring you then went away…you remember your position setting on the chair….you remember that the guys asked you if you wnna go to MAC ! and what happened when the crowd were trying to get into the tent???they have just changed their mind and went away!?it sounds like you were focusing and remembering everything with it’s tiny details and in order too,what happened first then what second which is quite weird as its a terrific sexual assault and any girl in your situation will never be focusing,she will tell the story but not in order as you did !!!!

    Again this is just innocent question,im not doubting your story and i never mean any bad background out of asking this question !


    • ” it sounds like you were focusing and remembering everything with it’s tiny details and in order too,what happened first then what second which is quite weird as its a terrific sexual assault and any girl in your situation will never be focusing,she will tell the story but not in order as you did !!!! ”

      So you make all assumptions yourself Mike,
      1 . It is “Weird” way of expression by her. It should have been according to your understanding !
      2. What should any girl do in any situation like this and in what order she ought to do it .
      3. And biggest of them all , all of your beliefs should be clarified for sake of wonderful “innocence” you proclaim .
      Come on leave at least some assumptions for qualified doctors and psychologists too, shouldn;t you ? or may be your curiosity inspires you to become one of them so you will broaden your understanding, it would be such good end.

      • Dear Anudeep,

        Sounds you didn’t get me please read what i posted again accurately….AGAIN im not against her or sayin shes lying i DO BELIEVE her,when i said “in order” i meant writing what happened to her first this happened then that in details as in such situation like “Lara Loahn” the american lady she was like “i was attacked they ripped off my clothes and started to harass me” not as Natasha mentioned in full details….as science says in such situation you feel lost you lose control and this happened to Tasha too so how come shes remembering such tiny details!!! and again still it’s just a question came by my mind,this has nothing to do with what happened…and this question doesn’t mean shes making up a story or shes lying never !!!

        “2. What should any girl do in any situation like this and in what order she ought to do it .” <<<so your question is wrong from the beginning !!! i wasn't talking about what she did or her reaction-as she has done nothing wrong,shes a victim but i meant what she wrote on the blog

        "or may be your curiosity inspires you to become one of them " what do you mean one of whom???

      • Simple Question ,
        ” as science says in such situation you feel lost you lose control and this happened to Tasha too so how come shes remembering such tiny details!! ”
        It seems lets return to dig such science and do some Phd over how reliable is that science to predict each human being’s reaction.
        I had hope that this incident and your curiosity as to why science is not followed by the person affected would lead you to more research, may be earning some degree. it would be helpful to mankind.

    • Michael,

      People often begin to hyperfocus in traumatic situations. It is the body’s attempt to localize details that can help you get out of the situation. Read Brison’s book Aftermath that in one sections exactly treats the details she noticed as she was being raped and trying with everything she had to be able to survive the experience.

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  166. British government is housing thousands of radical muslims from all over the world in order to send those to a holy war in some secular country, because the british “policy” doesn´t work. These terrorists are terrorizing and killing innocent people with the approval of the british government. CNN is the biggest liar-channel of the world. Those warmongers deserve to reap what they have seeded. I do not feel pity for smith.

  167. This not happen. Western lie. Muslim man never act like this. This just make hate for Islam. All false like cutting head of videos.

    • na ja ill tel you what..actually am an egyptian woman who lives in germany..and as an egyptian girl who as in tahrir square and where here intire family lives their,..such things happen..! and it also happened to me and that happends to hundered of thousands regular egyptian women in daaily basis..!! this stuff happens everyday in all arround cairo in bus traffic ,on the street..not only in tahrir..!

      • am really sorry for what happened to you natasha..and you are really a brave women..cause as that happend to me and i even have a video of it which displayed on cairo channel but no body got interested as they said to me after i got rescued by some courage and brave young egyptian mens and brought to tent..some women in the tent even refused at first the idea of me being there as one of the said” took her out from there..she deserves what happend to her..who told her not wear a “khemar” to cover her hair” its not the covered hair that gonna protect me from this evil eyes..! and you know what even the girls with the “khemar’ get sexual herassted everyday in the public traffic..!! anyways thank you natasha bec of you i got releafed it happend to me last year but only now i got this releaf and peace bec finally i spook about it and conficed my self that it wasnt my fault and that i am the VICTIM here..!!

    • Unfortunately It is a real problem!! Muslim men never act like this but stupid men do,whether Muslim or not. And I understand your feelings Mohammed, It’s too hurtfull for us ( actualy I am Muslim ) to read such but the first step to eradicate the scourge is to admit its existence.
      I am really sorry for what happened to you Natasha.

  168. Gullible journalist goes out in the world in order to “explain” the world, as it has learned it by the education-system of the british government, and be part of the misinformation media from the west. Then the journalist experiences the media and government lies at her own person. Well, i do not feel sorry for her. She is part of this media-complex that has turned to many facts into lies and vice versa. I just hope all british people experience one day this pain this journalist had experienced that peculiar day. Girl this has happened to you, because you deserved it! Think about it!

  169. It’s so poignant that she still considers Egypt a “wonderful country” – and still has “love” for Cairo. And it’s not just a Muslim thing. Stripping female reporters in public, physically and sexually assaulting them, and attempting to kidnap them occurs every day all over the world. Allahu Akhbar!

  170. Hopefully the Army will be in control. These asses MB stole a revolution. They ARE animals. If this crap continues it will really a part of Africa that no one will ever care about again.

  171. Please God help this women to live like a good human ,and helped those who comment to let them know the truth.
    How can we know you are honest?
    And who is saving you from those ?
    But these accusations are false and reflect the hate on the Muslims..!!!

    • I so hope you are not a troll. These sentiments, if spouted in earnest, are at the same time incredibly titillating and scary. Like going to the House of horrors at a fairground. Oh, and death to people with an IQ under 30!

  172. “I find it frustrating that many commenters here are saying that hate runs in Muslims blood but what does that say about the commenter himself/herself?”

    It tells you that an increasing number of people in Western countries with exposure to Muslim minorities and their behaviour have reached the point where they are thoroughly fed up with being robbed, harassed and made foreigners in their own countries.

    “How can they not realize that they are spreading hate as well?”

    Stating opinions based on empirical evidence and personal experience is many a thing, but not hate.

    “We, as humans, will never progress if we see entire population as savages, and not realize that crimes equally and sometimes more horrendous happen IN THEIR neighborhoods and countries as well.”

    Looking back at the past two thousand years we as humans have civilizationally, socially and technologically progressed as humans exceptionally fine by living by that creed.

    “Not all Muslims are from the middle east, anyway,”


    “and many Americans have converted to Islam after 9/11…”


    “being Muslim is not something you are born with, it’s something one chooses to believe.”

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but according to Islamic tradition and all Islamic schhols of jurisprudence *everbody* is born as a Muslim. That’s why people of other faiths are held in such contempt by pious Muslims: because they have not reverted to their “original” ie. Muslim faith.

    “Not all Egyptians are Muslims, either.”

    No, but as sure as there’s not a pub in Saudi Arabia called “The Shoplifter’s Arms” the Egyptians Natasha “experienced” were Muslims. Because going to a mass rally of the Muslim Brotherhood as a Coptic christian is just as suicidal as going there as a young, blond western female…

    “And people saying Natasha should be punished for being “ignorant” is driving me crazy!”

    No, we say she HAS been punished for being woefully ignorant. We say she SHOULD and COULD have known better. She went there anyway.


    So pointing out her obliviousness makes us rapists? Thanks. That, in turn, tells us all we need to know about you.

  173. Hello Natasha,
    I am so sorry for what happened to you. That is horrible.

    However it reflects the nature of Egyptians. If you don’t severly control them, that’s what you get.

    I am an Egyptian citizen (only by birth) as my grandparents are from another country in north africa.

    I have grown up in Egypt and I can assure you that what led Egyptians to be like that and to act like that is democracy.

    When Omar Suleiman said that the Egyptians are not ready for democracy he was right.

    Egyptians are simply too vain, not to mention arrogant, and most of all ignorant, they weren’t like that. Bur they started to be when Mubarak and his regime gave some space for democracy, as a result the islamic current played with people’s minds, and made them think that they -Egyptian muslims- are right, and the whole world is a wrong party comprised of non believers.

    Which means that harrasing, insulting, or even hurting other non muslims is allowed (according to them).

    I am ashamed that I was born in Egypt, and I hope that one day a strong regime returns, and sends all those arrognat rubbish protestors to do something more productive other than standing in Tahrir square doing harm to others and themselves.

    • I am sorry if thus really happened to u , but there is no evidence of what u claim , besides, we didn’t hear about any harassment accidents after the spy advertisement on TV . If u try to gain sympathy and fame on the shoulders of Egypt , or try to distort the appearance of Egypt and Egyptians , believe me u r a loser ,,

  174. So you asked God to save you, and God did.

    But you’re not religious?

    Maybe you should connect the dots. Or at least say “thanks God”.

    • Looks to me like god didn’t do any saving. Instead, people who risked their lives by dragging her into a tent, disguising her, and then whisking her away to safety actually did the saving.

      Did you actually see some sort of miracle happen to save her? Did you see her transported in the blink of an eye to safety? Or some sort of holy shield surround her? I didn’t.

      Maybe it’s you who should connect the dots.

  175. I find it frustrating that many commenters here are saying that hate runs in Muslims blood but what does that say about the commenter himself/herself? How can they not realize that they are spreading hate as well? We, as humans, will never progress if we see entire population as savages, and not realize that crimes equally and sometimes more horrendous happen IN THEIR neighborhoods and countries as well.

    Not all Muslims are from the middle east, anyway, and many Americans have converted to Islam after 9/11… being Muslim is not something you are born with, it’s something one chooses to believe. Not all Egyptians are Muslims, either.

    And people saying Natasha should be punished for being “ignorant” is driving me crazy! YOU ARE THE SAME AS HER ATTACKERS!

    I just can’t believe some people!!! Too many thoughts running through my mind to make them coherent…

  176. Dear Natasha,
    It always made me so angry when I see or hear about such acts against women, tried to do what I can in the surrounding community.
    But your last incident made me decide to be proactive and started this page on facebook trying to combat Sexual harassment by encouraging all celebrities in Egypt to speak out about this catastrophe.
    it will be an honer of you join our efforts so we save other women from such brutal attacks by ignorant miss leaded people.

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  178. That is one hell of a story, so much stuff happens in Egypt not so much to foreginers but to Egyptians themselves, beaten up in the streets by police for not having ID e.t.c. The poor (really poor) follow religion in a stranger way to the middle and upper classs, they may not fast or most of them dont even pray, so its hard to know weather they really believe in Islam or not. Most of these comments are people talking about what they’d do themselves but I cn totally agree that your mentality and speech at the end is the best, not many people can talk if they have been in that problem and I’m now ashamed to be half Egyptian because the counrty is just plain wicked, I’m sorry Natasha for that. Hany Ellaboudy

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  181. I’m sorry for your experience, Natasha.

    There is no singular answer as to why you were attacked. It’s human nature to try to pretend that every complex situation has a singular solution. You were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Men act entitled in some situations. People in mobs obey mass psychological impulses that are not easily contained. Neither Christianity, Judaism or Islam can be described as anything but patriarchal. Women will always be targets of patriarchal religions, regardless of how well females become socially programmed to accept their inferior roles.

    I’m sure I can come up with a dozen more possible factors that weighed in on this, but my main points are that

    (1) People who blame ONLY Islam are laughably reductionist. ( I could easily point to episodes among “Christians” that I COULD twist to my political agenda and claim that it represented all Christianity in general, since I despise religions in general, including Christianity).

    (2) My other point would be that you may want to take more precautions in the future. I wish you a speedy recovery and a bright future

  182. Ah yes… the old cry. “No witnesses, it didn’t happen!” The cry men have been using for centuries to deny women’s experiences. Because in any public venue, absolutely everything is automatically documented by the Veracity Police on their super mobile phone cameras that can take a picture through a crowd of men’s backs. And, I’m sure the wannabe rapists would have paused to take a few pictures of themselves and their friends-of-the-moment for the old family album.

    Your argument is so stupid it isn’t even funny.

  183. I know you grew up in western culture and hold certain values. But in Islamic countries you need to ask the big questions all over again, and throw everything you assume is true about human nature out the window. How is it that a mass crowd of men would feel so bold as to rape you in broad day light, in front of countless witnesses. That a nurse or doctor would feel conflicted about helping you? Why is there no real law enforcement to be found that will prosecute anyone for what happened? Why will there be no follow up? And finally why was this allowed to happen? What was the underlining justification for their actions? Did you ever think that they had a reasoning behind their behavior? To them, what happened to you was good.

    The truth is that you are an infidel. You represent a nation that once subdued Islamic countries. You can be sure that those men have listened to several imams talking about you. That you are the ultimate evil. The most scary thing, is that those men believed that by destroying you they were doing God’s will. I found it very interesting that Egyptian women surrounded you declaring that this wasn’t Islam. Did you know that they were working with the men, covering for them? Did you know that by agreeing with them, parroting their “islam is peace”, you further convinced them that you are truly a naive infidel worth only of rape and death? However, I’m glad you did because it saved your life. The true and living God would never approve of this, and He surely isn’t Allah.

  184. Natasha, what a horrible, terrifying experience. I’m so sorry this happened to you and as a man I’m ashamed to share a gender with the people who assaulted you. I hope you’ll heal in every way.

    I think it’s important to recognize that Islam is a religion of deep, foundational misogyny. Try reading the Koran — it’s an inescapable conclusion.

    Though the self-described Islamic moderates have evolved past this, that was their own choice. If it were up to the Koran, they would themselves be put to death as disobedient infidels, joining the rest of us in a mass grave.

    Until the Middle East joins the middle class, this kind of thing will be utterly rampant. If we want to kill off fundamentalist Islam, we’ll need to send them more iPads and designer shoes than Hellfire missiles.

    • Um, Sorry but people like you make me sick. You say Islam is a peaceful religion after what you just experienced? Maybe you enjoyed it. The fact is, shit like this does not happen in civilized countries. Look at EVERY single ISLAMIC country. They are all complete shit holes. Gays get executed, women get executed, people who practice different religions get executed. You are a typical dumb liberal slut, you got what you deserved little Miss “Journalist” Islam is peaceful? If you honestly believe that then Why don’t you take another trip down to tahrir square.

      • You are a typical dumb liberal slut, you got what you deserved”

        Yeah, because appalling sexual assault is ABSOLUTELY deserved when a woman expresses an opinion you disagree with. You know what? You’re on the same continuum as those men Natasha describes. *Maybe* you aren’t as far along the violence continuum as them but, given your fundamental lack of respect for Natasha’s bodily integrity and your assumption that rape can be justified, I personally wouldn’t assume that. But, at base, you are no different. A woman dares to say something or do something you don’t like? Hey guys! raping this one is fine! Oh, yeah, look. That’s pretty much what happened…


      • Happens in Amish country all the time. /sarc

        None so blind as them who will not see.

  185. I’m very sorry for what happened to this woman but despite what a few people told her, that was Egypt and that was Islam. Hell, that’s the entire Middle East.
    In Western societies you can expect equal rights and to be treated with a certain level of dignity. When you travel to a part of the world where they cut the clits off of little girls and marry female children off to relatives you cannot expect to remain safe when surrounded by the men there.
    I’m sorry but it’s true. It’s a different culture and despite the hype all cultures are not equal. There are neighborhoods in the USA that not even cops enter alone yet for some reason cute young Liberal reporters think that they can travel all over the world and they’re protected because they are carrying a camera.
    There are bad people in the world and some places most likely have more bad than good.
    I hope this young woman can eventually recover and put this behind her. I also hope that she uses better judgement in the future.

  186. Ahmed,

    You have provided a good example of Muslim’s practicing taqiyya to Infidels as they are instructed to do in the Koran. In your view, it’s OK to deceive nonbelievers. Nice work, but you don’t really expect us to believe this, do you?

  187. Oh hon’ :(. Deal with the PTSD first. Get out of survival mode and ‘I am too intelligent to let this defeat me’ mode before you go back. Wanting to go back is part of the PTSD – even though it doesn’t sound like it. Find a calming & non-judgemental therapist you can speak to. I find older women who have worked in a hospital to be the best for this, myself. It’ll take a few months. Or longer. Heal. You have that luxury.

  188. Natasha: you survived for a reason. Don’t ever doubt it…you can make this work for the greater good. But be sure you deal with your own healing of this trauma–I cannot recommend Dr. Francine Schapiro’s work on PTSD highly enough…see EMDR (Eye Motion DeSensitization Reprogramming) and find a therapist qualified to do this work when your spirit is ready.

  189. I am so very sorry you had to go through that. That you can describe it with such grace is amazing. Thank you for sharing that story.

  190. I’m shocked by the madness and the pain that you describe in such detail. The incomprehensible brutality and the deep suffering.

    But apart from that, I admire the serenity and the clarity of mind that comes out of your heartfelt narration. The reflective will to understand what was going on and the determination to survive. The bravery of the men and women who tried to help, putting themselves at risk. And the passion that leads to keep working in despite of everything and take the documentary to a good end.

    I sincerely hope all wounds will heal soon. And that aggressions against foreign and local women, in Egypt and everywhere, will one day stop.

  191. What happened is Islam in practice, whatever the muslims frantically say — who are you going to believe, your lying eyes and body, or their lying protestations?

    Accept the facts: these people, however nice they may seem in other circumstances, are utterly untrustworthy animals who do not know how to be decent.

    Egypt is sinking into an Islamic hell – it will be generations before it will be safe for civilized people to visit it again.

    • A blonde woman wandering around in a crowd of Muslim men and expecting to be left alone? That’s like expecting a pack of dogs to leave a raw steak alone. She should be very thankful to have survived. There is no need to go back. Her story already tells us all we need to know.

    • both the attackers and the saviors were muslim, so do not give me that ‘all muslims are like this or that’.

  192. Reblogged this on The Rio Norte Line and commented:
    What Natasha Smith describes is the epitome of a repressed, evil culture. I find it hard to take her at her word that this does not represent Egypt when so many had the opportunity to help her and chose not to do so.

    • Uh, yeah, because this king of thing never happens in the West, does it? No, in this sexually free Utopia women are never assaulted or gang raped and complete strangers will help any woman in trouble!

      For the iconic case I suggest you google “Kitty Genovese” before you come out with this “holier than thou” BS

      • And I suggest that you look up “logical argument”. I didn’t compare and contrast Egypt to the US or any other country, I commented on the performance of the crowd of Islamists compared to the supposed pious nature of the religion. If an assault on a woman happens in America or anywhere else, it does nothing to diminish the criminality and severity of the violation in Egypt. A wrong elsewhere in the world does not make it right in Egypt.

  193. Must say you are a very courageous young lady. To be harassed like that and yet have the heart to fight against similar crimes being perpetrated against others elsewhere is really really admirable.

    I myself am not a bigot, but a rather rational person who weighs the pros and cons of everything. While I know what you are saying and plan on doing are the right things, I can’t help but wonder if certain parts of the world are even worth discussing.

    You went there with pure intentions, but ended up assaulted, humiliated, robbed of your dignity and only but a handful came to your rescue.

    At some point in its history a star expands and explodes to form a supernova – that was the revolution in February 2011, but at a later stage stars implode and shrivel into oblivious black holes – that is what is happening out there currently.

    The story needs to be told, but are they worth it ? Or, should we just let them implode upon themselves until they get their act right ?

    • No one Saw what happened to her @ tahrir square it is all based on her story! she is saying 100’s of men were attacking her while no single person at tahrir square posted anything about this on twitter!

      The square was full of religious people and protesters waiting for the elections results and the security measures wr high and tight! checking id’s of everyone entering the square and no thugs were let in! and the place was safe and clean!

      Her story is unconfirmed and with no witness and no one saw what happened to her although she said hundreds of men were attacking her and hundreds were protecting her! As if Egypt was divided that day 2/3 to attack her and 1/3 to protect Miss Natasha! bet egyptians were so busy that day!

      • For the record I TOTALLY believe her… NO WOMAN would make something like this up. But I do find it curious why no one tweeted about this and reported this…this is just strange to me. But I know how uneducated Egyptian men are…basically animals. But the point about the tweets leaves me wondering.

  194. It seems you like it(raped by arabs)
    Try next time Libya or Tunis or Syria or Turkey for some different fuck.
    Stupidity SHOULD be punished.

  195. Stupid Idiot, what did you expect ?> did you not know about the american journalist being raped on tahir ?? Have you not noticed that muslims were PIGS ? Animals ? Now you know ..

  196. Natasha, you are a journalist . Don’t you watch the news ? This already happened in Egypt at least to a french journalist and to another too. Haven’t you heard of mass rapes perpetrated by hundreds of men in Egypt ?

    You say “I reassured her that I knew that was the case, that I loved Egypt and its culture and people, and the innate peacefulness of moderate Islam” Are you sure this religion does not generate a huge sexual frustration for men ?
    I am fed up with “this is not the true Islam” . Terrorism : “this is not Islam ” Beheadings “this is not Islam” Honor crimes “this is not Islam” Excision “this is not Islam ” women forced to wear burka “this is not Islam ” young women forced to marry a man they don’t want “this is not Islam” Call for murder because of caricatures “this is not Islam” Journalist, politicians, teachers threatened or killed ( Theo Van Gogh, Ayan Hirsi Ali…) “this is not Islam” …
    Happily, most muslims are not terrorists but they ( and you) should try to find out why “such a beautiful religion ” ( as muslims say) can generate such monsters and so horrible behaviours…and protest against this

    • Natasha is right, this horrible crime does not reflect true Islam. These acts are human corruptions of a beautiful, peaceful faith. My love and support goes our to you Natasha. You clearly have a very pure heart and don’t seek vengeance or hatred. Good luck in your doco 🙂

  197. NATASHA SMITH, AM SORRY, I wish I was there to take one simple scratch instead of you, but unfortunately I wasn’t there since I wouldn’t support Morsy (the new presd.), But I blame myself alot now !! ppl may blame on you, but Trust me it is NOT ur fault at all, it is their fault, and you have the liberty to forgive or not…
    I just knew abt that, very confused, feeling very guilty, don know how to fix that, or what to tell at all, Every man and woman from Egypt pretend to be defending everything but your situation, but I have to admit, it is our fault Natasha, If you have heard abt the good ppl of egypt; I have to tell you; it is no longer the same, we are different know, no longer those ppl with major hospitality you used to hear about..
    Leaving my mail, just contact me with any thoughts, even those simple ones that can make me feel better !

  198. I wish I could muster up more than the most basic amount of sympathy for you, Natasha, but I simply can’t. You’re a journalist. You’re sitting at the very center of the information flows.
    After all thousands upon thousands of reported cases from all over Europe of Muslim men seeing “infidel” girls and women as nothing but meat ripe for the taking (for example *all* rapes in Oslo were committed by muslims, you’ve got the pimping out of underage British girls by Pakistani gangs, you’ve got non-muslim girls being harassed as “whores” or gangraped in French banlieues etc.) and after what happened to Lara Logan you nonetheless thought it a good idea to visit Egypt, now de facto taken over by the Muslim Brotherhood. I mean, their endgame is just to establish a global caliphate and create shariah-conformist societies, but I suppose cultural-relativist media speak nowadays considers that to be “moderate”.

    You of all people should have known what might – and did – await you. And yet you chose to go anyway. The men who attacked you are guilty, plain and simple. But you are guilty, too. Guilty of naivetee and stupidity that almost earned you a Darwin Award.

    Seek counseling. Recuperate. You’re young and clever and strong. But do yourself a favour and shed the cultural relativist mindset that got you into this shit in the first place.

    • Ok, aside from the blatantly bigoted interpretation of ‘who rapes the most women’, this argument REALLY upsets me. It. Is. Never. The. Fault. Of. The. Person. Who. Was. Raped. It is the person who does the raping who is at fault. Period. Your attempt to make it Natasha’s fault for being in the wrong place at the wrong time justifies the act, which is distressing.

  199. When reading your story, I cannot help but feel rage at these people, at their culture, at their country, for doing something like this to Natasha and of course so many other women there.

    But at the same time, I cannot help but think “This is what cultural relativism of the west has brought us to”. In older times, a sane western woman would never have gone there and the colonial administration would have punished these people harschly and rightfuly so for doing this crime.

    Natasha is simply a victim of the time. A naive western woman like many other.
    I’m European and very much not naive about the reality of these countries.
    This is why I vote “far right” and prevent their immigration into my homeland.

    • …and from here, history draws a direct line to Auschwitz. where does it stop? and you defend colonialism? i am an indian, and i know the horrors my country faced under the colonial rule. i hope you can realize you are not the open-minded, forward-thinking person you think you are. conservatism is as responsible for misery as any other religion. you simply were born into your homeland, its nothing to your credit. what have you done to make it a better place for those who live there or those who like it and choose it over their countries where they suffer from religious dogmatism? oh yes, you vote far right! big help! Please, be sensitive to the suffering of this woman. Such a crime against any living organism, a woman, a child, a man or an animal is unacceptable, irrespective of which country, religion, sect, fan-club, politico-economic motivations the victim belongs to. Nataha is not a victim of time, it is a victim of people like you, who perpetrate hatred, closing constructive dialogue, keeping darker regions of the world darker with your far right convictions and eventually, sinking into darkness yourself.

      • Thank you for pointing that out. But i have to say, that the point is of relevance here. What i was targeting was the nationalism proudly touted in the previous post and it was nationalism that gave us the second world war and the associated horrors. Maybe i should’ve said world-war II, which would’ve been less radical, but also less likely to have driven the point home. The current usage of the term “Godwin’s law” is limited to using comparisons with nazis when it is inappropritate, however, “Godwin’s law itself can be abused as a distraction, diversion or even as censorship, fallaciously miscasting an opponent’s argument as hyperbole when the comparisons made by the argument are actually appropriate”. (Ref: David Weigel, “Hands Off Hitler! It’s time to repeal Godwin’s Law”)

    • Reducing the argument above, by Rational Liberal is a diversionary tactic.. it is sad that what s/he wrote is seen as referring to the argumentum ad Hitlerum. This is far from being an example of Godwin’s Law. The fact is, anondragon made the leap to blaming the victim by stating that the fault lies with time, or the naivety of the woman who should’ve known better. This person justifies her points with her xenophobia – which ends with a irrational nationalistic ‘my homeland’ note.
      One can see that a sane women would not have gone there is not a comment on the women, or the colonization – it’s a comment on the culture of that area, and while some of that culture may be deleterious to those colonizing, the culture of those colonizing can be seen in a similar light by those who are colonized. Two wrongs do not make a right.

      A multicultural, secular, humanist world is the way forward.. and Natasha IS the victim of bigoted people like anondragon and those here who are saying that Natasha lied, or she must’ve enjoyed it, or that it was her fault that she went there. This bigotry is in the form of misogyny, of racial-pride, of religious supremacy.. and especially so in an inherently violent religion like Islam, which places women lower than men in rights, by default.

      Re-evaluate your arguments. It’s riddled with flaws.

      • Dumbass racist nazi-pig… by the sight of your “emblem” in your avatar I could smell your propaganda before I read the first word of your idiotic comment. The only reason why you don’t put a swastika as image is cause you’d be banned from any website before your comments could come online.

      • That you could confuse a parody of Che Guevara with nazi-ideology goes to show the extent of your intelligence (or lack thereof). I think you’re more hurt and offended with what i wrote than with my avatar, obviously. Yet, instead of attacking my argument, you’ve attacked me. Great!.. why not type in all CAPS to make your points stronger..?!

        Let’s hear you criticize what the author here went thru’. Or criticize the ideology that allows men to turn into such demons. Let’s hear your arguments, instead of your unfounded rage.

      • ..unless of course, you’ve replied to ‘anondragon’ here.
        In that case (IFF), and i type this with mammoth regret at being too quick to respond, i apologize.. this totally exposes me to criticism for calling out ‘idiot’. Feel free to return the courtesy. 😛

        Stupid wordpress.. won’t let anyone edit their comments.

  200. What happened with Natasha Smith is not isolated episode. The reaction I am getting on my comments indicates that people do not understand how the sexual assault of Natasha’s related to what I am posting. My goal is to demonstrate that the very Arabs (brainwashed by Islam ideology in to blood-thirsty zombies) who express their sympathy and apology to Natasha would rape and tear her apart at very first opportunity as they did many times in the past with many Infidels be they Americans, Canadians, British, Russians, Israelis and many other normal people from normal countries.

    Hateful propaganda towards Infidels in general and the Jews in particular in Arab countries does not stop for a minute. One of the Al Jazeera footages describes quintessential innocent civilian a 10-year-old boy from Jenin named Abdul — shot to death by an Israeli soldier. Al Jazeera tells us that Abdul was described by his friends as the smartest kid in his class and that his dream was to become a martyr. Unfortunately for everyone, Abdul wasn’t smart enough to abstain from throwing stones at Israeli soldiers, which was exactly how he became a martyr.

    Fortunately for us, this was not the kind of martyrdom Abdul had in mind: he did not die killing infidels. I can’t help asking an ultimately cynical question: how many Israeli, British or American children would I be willing to sacrifice to allow him to grow up and fulfill his dream? Would four high school students be enough to pay for Abdul’s 77 eternal virgins, or should it be something on the scale of September 11?

    Kids’ dreams mature with age, and chances are that, instead of a mass murderer, Abdul might become a brilliant scientist or a leader who would’ve taken the Arab world from its hopeless, eternal misery towards the heights of human enlightment. Hard to imagine of course, but stranger things are known to have happened. But what about the grown up “innocent civilians” who had instilled those murderous dreams in the mind of Abdul and hundreds of thousands of children around him?

    What about his parents? What about his school teachers? What about the imam in his mosque? They are all civilians, but are they all that innocent? If we are sincere in our desire for peace, shouldn’t we admit that those people are infinitely more dangerous to us than those who are allegedly (as the al Jazeera would put it) running around with AK-47s and explosives belts?

    • So to sum up: murdering a sweet 10-year-old child for throwing stones is OK by you, provided he’s a muslim? “Normal” people, from “normal” countries?!

      I don’t know how someone…let’s be kind and say, “special” like you can even use the word normal. 😦

  201. Hi!

    I just read your story. I am so sorry, that this happend to you. I cant imagine, how you felt in this moment. Keep your head up, you can do whatever you like to do in the futur! Just reading your text, shows me, that it doesnt matter WHAT I want to do, just IF I really want to do it, I can make it. And thank you for shearing your story. It is really brave from you to talk about it in the public, but also, that you want to go back and go on. Its amazing, how much power you have just to go on and that’s the most important thing now. It happend now, you cant change anything. But the future isnt written yet and YOU can decide, how it will be. I know, I’m just seventeen years old and I maybe dont have that much experience like others. But I really thank you for your story, which shows me, how we can reach any target we want, be brave and speak up.

    Thank you and good bless you!


    PS: You shouldnt worry about your equipment. The most important thing is that you and your friends are alive and save. And I’m sure, that this is the smallest problem. You will get it for sure 😉

  202. Hmmm.

    After reading (well, briefly — there are to many) comments here, I just can’t resist the temptation to ask simple question.
    In these dark, horrible, sinister times of Hosni Mubarak — did anybody heard about at least *one* mass rape on Tahrir square?
    *Yes* or *no*?

  203. I am a muslim and condem in all strongest words what happened to Natasha. What happened to you was awful. But, may I stress that these bunch of outlaws do not represent Egypt.

    • words are cheap. actions count. prove that these people are outlaws by hanging them as outlaws should be. I am so tired of muslims begging us not to draw conclusions from each successive muslim outrage. At some point, a rational person concludes it is Islam that’s the problem.

    • It was really them JOOS, right Amin? Jewish agents sent in to roam Tehrir Square freely, and lead poor innocent followers of Allah to assault her… and the half dozen or so other western females who’ve had this done to them since your glorious “revolution”.

      Danged Joos, behind everything.

  204. I’m from Palestine and I am really sorry that this happened to you, I hope you feel better very soon horrid experience, I really respect your strength and will to recover and continue living.ِ

    And I am ready to offer any help.

  205. Hi Natasha,

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I imagine it was not easy…I really pray that you are feeling stronger and are staying positive.

    As Jenny suggested, I too would strongly recommend that you get some counseling. I am a photojournalist and suffer from PTSD and it is not easy to live with. As Jenny said, the mind can be deceptive so even if you are feeling okay it is really worth talking to a professional. Writing is also very healing and a great way of fighting PTSD.

    l lived in Cairo for 4 years and I have never felt more safe in a city, in my life – something that is never easy when you are suffering from PTSD. I agree with you that this behaviour is not reflective of Islam, but it does seem to be a trend now with the masses in Tahrir who are attacking and violating so many women. I really hope you are looking after yourself and pampering yourself. Remember always that it was not your fault and it was out of your control. There was nothing you could do about it but save yourself – and that you did. Well done. You are true survivor.

    Sending you much warmth and healing from Africa,


  206. @Natasha: what happened with you was an exception ,as I am a woman I am very sad for you but after the comment that have read that say that most Arab and accurately musulmins are terrorists but they are forgotten that Islam has respeted women and compare it to a pearl to protect.
    By speaking about terrorists i can tell you that the terrorists are those who kill children check days, are those who violate women and even men in Iraqi prisons , are those selling Africans as slaves, are those who wage war to steal oil, are those who consider the other as an enemy, before talking about Islam and insulting the slightest thing is to read it and you’ll soon understand why it is a war against Islam. finally I say ,you cried “Please God make it stop” you must know that no musulmin does that because he is afraid of god that you called, and that every day there are hundreds of women in Palastine and iraq screaming that god protect them from violations of soldiers. you have already seen their feelings. Finally I wish you that you do not again this accident and good luck in your work.

  207. “A Muslim woman” is right. There are “good” and “bad” people in every country and every society which is precisely why it is so disturbing to read so much hate on this thread. Is hate “good” or “bad”? How we treat others is a reflection of ourselves and that includes how we communicate with one another.

  208. أنا علاء من تونس .
    صديقتي أولئك كلاب
    أناس لا يمثلون العرب و لا الاسلام فنحن أرقى و أسمى من هذه المستويات المنحطة
    باسمي و باسم تـونس نتقدم لك اعتذارا عما صدر من أولئك الشرذمة
    و السلام

    • وانا اضم اسمي معك انا فلسطيني وانا عربي مسلم فهؤلاء مرتزقة لكل شخص فعل هذا ___ فنحن نحترم الضيوف ونحترم جميع الاديان ____فحتى المصريين و الاسلام برئ منهم وشكرا…

      And I add my name to you I am a Palestinian and I am an Arab Muslim mercenaries They each person to do this ___ We respect the guests and we respect all religions, even the Egyptians and ____ Islam is innocent of them and thank you …

  209. I am an Egyptian and sad all the sadness of what happened to you, but this behavior by some odd souls and the patient did not reflect the masses of the Egyptian people, Muslims and Christians and I Balatmar what happened to you

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  213. Dear Arab terrorists lovers, you stood by the Holocaust and you stood by in 1948 as seven states launched a war that the Arab League proudly compared to the Mongol massacres. You stood by in 1967 as Nasser, wildly cheered by wild mobs in every Arab capital in the world, vowed to drive the Jews into the sea. And you would stand by tomorrow if Israel were facing extinction. And since Israelis know that the Arabs-Palestinians daily dream of that extinction, they will do everything possible to remain alive.

    The poor Palestinians who today kill Jews with explosives and firebombs and stones are part of the same people who – when they had all the territories they now demand be given them for their state – attempted to drive the Jewish State into the sea. The same twisted faces, the same hate, the same cry of “idbah-al-yahud” – “Slaughter the Jews!” that we hear and see today, were seen and heard then. The same people, the same dream – destroy Israel.

    • i cant see the relationship between this event and the Palestinian and isreali struggle .
      please dont use this to express you hating opinions .

      • I can, Egypt is next door to Palestine and Israel and both cultures spawn from the same false religion started by a paedophile in the 7th Century. I’m no great lover of the Jews myself, they can be unjust and cruel at times, but they are a damned site more civilized than Muslims.

        If we have to pick the lesser of two evils I pick the Jews.

      • When you say Jews, do you mean followers of the Talmudic religion, or some supposed race? I agree that the Talmud shares some similarities with the koran/hadith, but it is not nearly as loathsome. Even if the Talmud allows cheating, robbing and killing Gentiles, that would be no worse than let’s say, the Vikings or the Huns did. Muslims, on the other hand, practice barbarities like FGM.

      • well this is your opinion , every society contains the bad and the good , in every society there are criminals like those who did to Natasha that humiliating and uncivilized deed .
        but they do not represent me or anybody else , they only represent themselves like criminals in all over the world they all represent themselves .
        read more about Islam , I’m sure you will notice another thing .

  214. Barack Hussein Obama is, essentially, a foreigner. He may (or not) be born in the United States, but the values shared by the American people, the values that made this country great and prosperous, are as foreign to him as his Arabian, Kenyan, Indonesian roots are to us. He has nothing vested in this country. All his life here, he was closely associated with its enemies.

    Obama will destroy America with no regrets. The very fact that seven years after the devastating attack visited on the United States by Arabs, the Americans placed an Arab into the White house demonstrates the depth of the crisis USA is in.

    • Off topic much. Just say what you really want to say, why don’t you (which is probably something like ‘it’s called the “White” House for a reason’).

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  216. Obama’s policies toward Israel, includes the unconscionable demand that Israel unilaterally retreat to indefensible 1949 borders. Notably, those borders were expanded in 1967 by capturing territory from hostile nations during a protracted, international armed conflict waged for years by Arab Muslims whose clearly stated purpose was to finish the Final Solution that Hitler began. Due to prevalent Juden Haas among the vile collection of despots and Marxist-Socialists assembled in the U.N., Israel is the only nation in the world facing constant demands that it discontinue defending its children against slaughter and its borders against incursions. It is also the only nation in the world facing constant demands to cede land rightfully captured during armed conflict in accordance with customary international law. When members of the “Peace Today” can take their family to go build a synagogue and live peacefully among their friends in Gaza, peace may be a realistic, attainable goal. Until then, the world shouldn’t demand of Israel what it doesn’t demand of the Arabs.

    In Israel there is more courage in one small square mile than in all of Eurabia. In Israel there is more courage in one soldier than in the combined and cold hearts of every bureaucrat at the United Nations

  217. Obama is the first American president that lied to the Jewish people and the American people as well, when he said that he would defend Israel, the only Democratic state in the Middle East, against all their enemies. He has done just the opposite. He has propagandized Israel, until they look like they are everyone’s enemy — and it has resonated throughout the world. He is putting Israel in harm’s way, and he has promoted anti-Semitism throughout the world.

    Obama has brought this to a people who have given the world the Ten Commandments and most laws we live by today. The Jewish people have given the world our greatest scientists and philosophers, and the cures for many diseases, and now Obama plays a very dangerous game so he can look like a true martyr to what he sees and says are the underdogs. But the underdogs he defend are murderers and criminals who raped Natasha Smith and uncounted others and who want Israel eradicated.

  218. So, here’s the question: Can we defeat Iran?

    I won’t keep you in suspense. Here is my answer: We could if we had the will, but we don’t and so we can’t. This pains me more than I can possibly tell. I keep saying that the six million defenseless, unarmed, harmless Jews would have been better off if they had died resisting the Germans in whatever tiny, totally impractical way they could. What can I say then about the most powerful country in the world that is able to smite its enemies the way God Himself wouldn’t want to top, but prefers to keep its hands clean and, as a result, perish?

  219. Despite my utmost contempt for Islam and the abysmal way of life it has generated for its followers, I still believe in the sacred right of Muslims, along with everyone else on this planet, to live the way they see fit for themselves as long as they do not interfere with other people’s right to do the same. This is how I define peace: the freedom of a nation to live according to its own ideas of right and wrong without imposing those ideas on other nations or having other nation’s ideas forced on them. I don’t approve of “honor killings”, of genital mutilations, of public executions for deeds that aren’t even considered crimes in our society. However, I don’t believe I have a right to object to them as long as I am not forced to participate. Unfortunately, Islam directs the faithful to force me into participation. It’s called jihad. It’s mandatory. And it’s upon us. And practically every armed conflict that goes on earth today is a front of jihad.

  220. For Natasha I have nothing but compassion. For so many of the responds on here who demonstrate similar bigotry, intolerance, and aggresion as her attackers I feel nothing but disgust. It is never, never, never right to violate another person whether physically or in words or attitudes, if everyone learn to treat others as they would wish to be treated themselves, this world would be a much nicer place.

    • Intolerance of what???? A very hateful, sick, cancerous religion that advocates violence? Islam is complete and total violence. Violence against Jews, violence against women, violence against “infidels” or anyone who doesn’t subscribe to its horrible tenents. Do you want tolerance from normal people who are horrified at what this culture advocates? Sorry, I don’t “tolerate” people who want to kill me. I don’t “tolerate” people who think it’s a-okay to throw acid in the faces of young girls. I don’t “tolerate” a people whose calling in life is to erradicate me from this earth. If it makes you feel better to call me a bigot because I’m horrified at what these people are apparently capable of…have at it. You can’t run from the truth that most people see. I feel sorry for this young reporter. But she seems blind to what I see. I would never, ever have gone where she went. These people are savages, barely fit to live. They’ve been steeped in such vile hatred and now they are left with a culture that is a disease. I know what I see. Trying to call me a name to blunt the truth doesn’t change the truth. Maybe one day, these people will drag themselves into modern society…but all signs point to that not happening.

      • If you went to your local mosque and asked the imam there about any of the things you just listed, you would have never posted that.

  221. Natasha:
    l am a spanish women that often goes to Egypt for diving. l feel so sorry for what happened to you and l send you all my understanding and energy to overcome this. Be strong, continue with your life, try to help others and just pay attention to your heart. l know very well how egyptian men are: repression is a very bad thing, they grow up with fear in their minds, they do not know how to think…they just follow their religion, the lessons other told them, but they will never dare to break the rules, or think by themselves because they grew up with fear and a childish mind. Maybe not all, but loads of them. Sexually repressed, they see European women as a kind of provocation to their eyes, they desire what they cannot have and would do anything to satisfy their sick minds. Islam revolution will come through the hands of women, when they realise they need no men to be happy in this world, and that there are many ways of living and decide their own lives without the permit of a man. l have experienced many things in Egypt, they are liers, have no heart and at a chance to betray you, they will do it.
    Please, keep on enjoying life, love, friends, and other cultures, do not stop your life at this point and if there is something you want to do, try to help other women to understand how wonderfull life is when you are free to decide, free to committ your own mistakes, and the joy of learning from life experiencing.

  222. Readed a comment off a Dutch father in the Volkskrant.
    His Dutch daugher (student in Nice) was also nearly raped in the middle off the street in Nice.
    She and her 2 sisters were threatened with a knive to here througt
    Algerien Islamic boys are now ruling in Nice France!!!
    Tunesie (also going in the islamitic direction) is going the same way.

    We in the West Countrys are ruled by naive and dangerous leaders, bounded by a terror regime (Saoudi Arabie which also pays their Suni- bombings in Irak today) which feels the mighty god of Oil themselves.

    How far will we fall before we put a clear line?
    It will be the common people which will change our political systems, demanding for protecting our next generations.

    • Unfortunately they already fucked us, Christians, due to fucking tolerance of European politics, who betrayed legacy of Crusades… Why we should respect Muslims here, in our homeland, when they don`t care about out laws, traditions and religion???

      • I`m not supporting Breivik`s methods, but at least I understand his motivation…

    • Just to be clear I am not defending ,but what ever happened was done by savages and there are savages everywhere and they can’t be related to Islam or any religion, because in Islam plenty to do such horrible thing is death ,so clearly they have no regards to any rules and they are simply murders and psychopaths and cant represent any religion.

      • Thank you!!!
        i’m sick of this stereotyping and racism that’s been going on for the longest period of time!
        and just to be clear as well, i’m not muslim.
        please read carefully what the girl is trying to say.
        do not turn it into a political/social/racist debate. she doesn’t need that. she’s been through too much already.

        as for you, Natasha, i know you probably wouldn’t read this, but much love darling. i’m sorry this awful thing happen to you. but thank you for telling your story. it’s very courageous and brave of you. carry on ♥

  223. Hello Natasha.

    I strongly urge you to seek appropriate counselling as soon as you are able on your return. Please take care to do this as the mind has the ability to cleverly mask the impact of seriously traumatic experiences in the initial stages and if not properly treated, the effects can lead to debilitating PTSD.

    Please take care to avoid this as it is a very shocking experience that you have been through.

    All best wishes,


  224. I am so so sorry for what you’ve been through. No words can describe what I am feeling right now. I am an Egyptian woman but I live abroad. I won’t attempt to defend Egypt. All I can say is that I admire your spirit so much and these people are animals and deserve to die for what they did. I hope you will be able to put this behind you one day. You and your family are in my thoughts.

  225. Some of you call me names. Let me explain something into plain English for you, the politically correct peace-mongers.

    To be Arab means to conquer every nation that can be conquered and claim its historic achievements as if they belonged to Arabs from the beginning of time. Why not? According to the teachings of Islam, Adam and Eve, Abraham and Moses, Jesus and you are Muslims.

    Yes, you too, because Islam teaches that every human being is created Muslim. The Arab civilization does bring together Christian, Jews, and an ever growing list of other peoples. It brings them together in the mass grave of their destroyed civilizations, never bothering to ask whether those people ever wanted to be brought together by Arabs or anyone else.

    The most interesting aspect of this is that Arabs sincerely believe that they save those they conquer from the darkness of eternal ignorance.

    I remember reading somewhere that Egyptian peasants living today along the shores of the Nile are still using the same primitive irrigation devices that were used by their ancestors in Egypt 5,000 years ago. I believe that people who, in the course of 5 millennia, have failed to improve primitive, prehistoric technology, upon which their survival immediately depends, can be reasonably called primitive.

    Actually, it’s worse than that. Today’s Egyptians have nothing to do with the builders of the pyramids. Today’s Egyptians are Arabs. Their ancestors did not
    live along the Nile. Arabs invaded, occupied and conquered Egypt in the middle of 7th century CE, 20 short years after the invention of Islam. They invented Islam, but Inventing or even improving the water wheel was beyond their ability to create.

    I don’t mean to say that Islam does not stimulate our own creativity. Without it, our engineers would not have had reasons to invent ways to tell baby formula
    from explosives. Without it, our ethicists would not have to decide whether profiling Muslims is morally and legally admissible. Considering that 99.99% of
    terrorists in the modern world are Muslims, I would say that we should not profile them. We shouldn’t allow Islam – the greatest danger global humanity has ever faced – on our soil either. Without Islam, we would have been as safe from terrorist attacks on our soil today as we thought we were 11 years
    ago, on the eve of 9/11.

    Here’s another question for the ethicists. When someone hates the enemies of his country and his people, does that make him a racist? And if he doesn’t hate them, then what does that make him?

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  227. Thank you for sharing your story, Natasha. Your experience is deeply troubling. I strongly urge you to seek appropriate counselling as soon as you are able – when you return home. It is important after such experiences because the mind cleverly masks the impact of seriously traumatic experiences initially – and if not properly treated, the effects can lead to PTSD.
    I urge you to get treatment as soon as you are able.

    Take good care,


    • Natasha Smith should consider this good advice from Jenny.
      “I strongly urge you to seek appropriate counselling as soon as you are able – when you return home. It is important after such experiences because the mind cleverly masks the impact of seriously traumatic experiences initially “

  228. Dear Ms Natasha Smith, I am an Egyptian woman in my mid forties. I would like to express my sincerest apologies about what happened to you in my country. I feel terrible that you had to go through this brutal, inhuman attack. I totally understand your agony. I am also a mother of a 17 year old girl so I truly empathesize.I think you are very brave to share your story. I admire your passion for your studies and profession that brought you to Cairo in the first place. I also respect the way you felt and reacted throughout the whole ordeal. I am impressed about your kind thinking towards Egyptians despite the cruelty you were exposed to from a group of them. I hope you get over this trauma very soon and I wish you all the best of luck in your future. Stay safe

    • Dear Ghada, may be you will try to explain then why same group public rapes already happened 4 times with different journalist-women? Will you agree that something wrong with your entire society?

      • I am an Egyptian and I can’t say that there are no something wrong. Many things are wrong here but some of us are really trying to fight it.

        We are sorry

      • …and Western society is so perfect that no criminal acts take place on women? you shill. pos truth is your a racists pot stirrer that only sees the inside of your empty head.

      • To reply that , I am an Egyptian girl who currently live abroad , to reply the questions about the journalist-women rapes , i would like to share with you my experience and my sisters experience living in Egypt .
        My parents and grandparents always talk about how Egypt was in the 60s and the 70s how people where all EDUCATED and polite and everyone had work and something to do . This is an Egypt i never saw , i am 20 years old and i never used public transport or even taxi , WHY is that ?because every Egyptian girl has the same fear the journalist-women been exposed i can’t tell you how many girls i know been sexually harassed and raped kidnapped but those ignorant savages , Including my sister 2 month ago coming home form her University someone tried to kidnap her one block away form my home in Heliopolis ,but thank god she had pepper spray and that'”s why my scared parents do let me and my sister go out alone and if we are only girls we always carry pepper spray or any sort of protection and we never stay out late. And that is simply because for the past 30 years there is almost 30% uneducated and 40% living under the poor line with 5 dollars a month (maybe less i am not sure of the statistics you can see it online), if you go to the farms in upper Egypt you can ask them what religion do you follow they will say Islam and if you ask what is the name of the prophet they will tell you they don’t know ! ,same with Christians in Egypt . Those men are thugs uneducated savages due to the corruption and the poverty they are living in , and they are not stopped because the police is as corrupted , Education is everything you teach people morals and religion and they will follow , so take everything from them money , food , well being and they will turn into animals . So that’s why there is revelation because all the educated brilliant minded can’t live there because they are not payed or even acknowledged . You have no idea how i love my country and thank god i was lucky enough to be in a Middle level family , my parents struggled to give me the best education possible inexpensive of a lot of things even health my father works 12 hours a day to provide for my family ,So as you see people are not lucky as you , no one chooses his life and where he was born .In this case those people are like that all because of the thieve Mubarak , who ripped out everything we have.I am not defending i am stating facts.
        Finally Though i am abroad my heart is back home where there is still good people and hope , and i cant wait to help my country bloom again as it used to.
        Something is wrong and that’s why we made the revelation. Pray for us to be better because we are sure trying !.

  229. “If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.”
    – Karl Popper

  230. I think she was raised in a culture so different and so detached that it is hard for here to grasp the true nature of that culture. It’s hard for me to criticize her right after she experience the worst nightmare of every woman in this world. i can only hope that eventually she would be shaken from those pseudo liberal ideas she thinks she must hold on too. god i feel like getting on a plane to egypt and putting all the men there in prisons. i can’t deal with this. really. do you know the The AHA Foundation? it’s trying to fight the horrible crimes being done to women in the name of Islam and religion. I highly recommend them.

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  232. Your words are of utmost grace. Filled my mind with such lewd pictures and made me so hard as I imagined waves of filthy Muslims violating your tender body over and over again. I printed out a picture of your angelic face and finished on it. I’ll do it again soon and post a picture of it for the whole world to see.

    • You sick, weak fucks should be shot and left to rot on the side of the road, just like the attackers. I wish you a horrible life, you wretch.

    • Seriously? You honestly think this is ok to post? This is something horrible that happened to someone in real life, and she’s had the courage to talk about it. If you’re trying to be funny, then trust me you’ve failed. If you’re not trying to be funny, then you’re just being sick and need to get your head examined.

  233. Hi, Natasha. You really are a survivor.

    I am from Brazil and I am shocked about what happened to you in Egypt. In my country sexual assalts and rape are considered heinous crime and rapers are hated in the Brazilian society (it doesn’t matter if the victim is “pregnant, married or virgin”).

    To encourage victims to fight for their rights, many Brazilians counties have a special police station for women. This special police station for women is responsible for investigate, typify crimes agaisnt woman and file police reports. The result is impressive, the number of victims looking for this assistance has increased substantially, they can count on the system.

    There is an special law to protect women against domestic violence, Maria da Penha’s Law. Maria da Penha fighted for almost two decades to put her ex-husband in prison, who tried to killed her twice, and after a public clamour and an international pressure upon the Brazilian Government, it was created this law named with her name in homage to her case.

    I believe that a Police Station for Women and a special law agaisnt domestic violence is essencial to start changings in a society dominate by male opression. Without a support, these women will be condemned to live in that cruel reality forever.

    You don’t need to come back there, you are stronger outside that country beacuse nowadays we have the world in a screen. Many Egyptians said that they reached a victory because they could fight against the ancien Government without been caught and tortured. Fight against that monsters in a place where your rights and, mainly, your body and soul will not violeted, again.

    You can use a translator software to:

    1. Maria da Penha’s Law

    2. Police Station for Woman

    I wish all the best for you!
    Good luck with your project!

  234. Natasha, I don’t think it’s your fault, but I think you’re tremendously stupid when you say you love that place and the people and what happened to you doesn’t represent Egypt or Islam. You know perfectly well what would happen to someone wearing a star of david on his or her neck, or to someone who would be perceived to be gay or lesbian. That’s Egypt and that’s Islam. When you go back there to make your politically correct statement, please take a start of david on your neck and prove us wrong.

    • Don`t worry, Romeu, she is not stupid, she just likes these BDSM games and group public rape was one of her most excited girly fantasies. That`s why she wants to feel it again and again.

    • No, “bravery” isn’t what happened there. “Bravery” is going BACK there thinking you’ll prove the innate beauty of this hateful culture/religion. I’m starting to think Ms. Smith has a thing for adrenaline rushes, not journalism. Take up bungy jumping girl!

    • I am sorry to hear you believe in a “religion” that advocates the abuse of non-muslims. How disgusting you are.

      • I am sorry but where exactly is it written In Islam that non Muslims should suffer ?? . Please don’t not state your opinion as a Fact , you want to accuse , accuse with proves. Not all how claim them selves Muslims are Muslims , Most of the terrorist just twist the words into their own perspective and act upon it and say “ya i am Muslim and i am following this and that “. BUT i want to remind you that there are psychopaths everywhere ,and there is a word called “lying” which means not saying the truth ,so never ever take what you hear for granted because people DO LIE !! . ONE more point i have traveled almost everywhere and i met a lottt of people Muslims form different countries and backgrounds and tell you what each ONE of them have their own perspective influenced by their culture , and family culture as well , not to mention the language because not everyone can read Arabic and they have the translated versions of everything …and just a brief example of translation is google translate ya it helps but never gets it completely right and the rest is for you to wonder , so if you want to accuse , accuse a murder or the person who actually did something and never generalize .

  235. I’m so, so sorry to hear this happened to you, Natasha. You’e incredibly brave and you’re a fierce, fierce woman to have been out there filming in such a mad, volatile situation that’s crying out to be recorded; and why not you? Why not a woman?

    I’m a journalist as well, and though we don’t know each other, I have nothing but pride in you and immense respect for the job you’ve been doing.

    I couldn’t continue reading all the bickering and nasty crap of different varieties in the comments here, and suggest you give that a miss, for now, too – take a break mate. Just catch your breath. Sending you all strength and power, and love,

    Claire x.

    • All strength, power and love is nothing when nothing is in head. You should wish more brains to Natasha as seems she really needs them.

    • Not in the least true. The Oklahoma City Bomber – Timothy McVeigh? Christian. The Norway Bomber and mass murderer – Anders Breivik? Christian. The IRA bombers? One and all Christian.

      • And if to compare them to quantity of Muslim terrorists? Big difference, isn`t it?

      • Keeping score are we? So, what you’re saying is: christian morons 3- muslim morons 3 billion. You’ll keep me up to speed on that development won’t you?

      • Good girl Kate, you`ve got the point Also all named Christians tool that tactics exactly from Muslim terror brigades, lets remember Munich Olympics.

      • Breivik was not a Christian, but an infidel, or have you heard as he has screaming “God Akbar” ? or “Jesus Akbar” ? he and the other, those were killer, and no religious people. in the bible is nothing written that the christians have to kill someone. but in the quran! sure 9;5 sure 9;29 sure 9;73 sure 9;123 sure 2;191 sure 2;193 sure 4;89….. do you want more? There are still lots of it

      • Lord X, have you actually read the bible? The old testament is full of bloodthirsty ‘kill the unbelievers’ rants. Deuteronomy 13 springs to mind.

      • @ Cait. and what does this have to do with braivik and the other murderers? you wanna tell me that these people has read the old testament? hitler and napoleon has also read the old testament?

  236. Islam is for idiots, never go to islam countries and fight angainst islam that is spreading all over the world : this retard religious shit is the cancer of humanity

    • You`re are not really right, people who rule the crowds of Muslims very far from idiots, they just use the religion to keep the power

  237. Islam ? nice religion full of violence and insane people … what a shame … i will never visit that kind of country, the middle ages was more safe than now

      • a rape in public, driven by hundreds of wild people, something exists only in Islamic states.

  238. That`s it, there WAS and WiLL be NO any sign of democracy in that country, especially with new pro-Muslim president and especially for western women. What kind of “culture” are you spoken? Dirty animals, nothing more. And if Natasha wants “to return to this wonderful country and city”, then all this just means she really liked treatment she got and wants to enjoy it again. Go on.

    • Congrats on being a horrible person and totally misunderstanding not only Natasha, but everything she wrote. You clearly don’t have much empathy or much emotional range, drive, or resilience yourself if this is what you’re taking from it.

      • Surely me, but I never would like to return back to place, where I was almost killed, if only with heavy weapons to revenge. And this is RIGHT. Most of those “nice people” never change and they will repeat same action next time. You don`t believe me, Laika? Come on, visit that “wonderful country” now.

        PS.This damned tolerance will kill Europe in nearest future.

  239. i think that this is a big lie that you made up. why did not you go to the authorities if you are fair..lies .lies.lies .all people in tahrir were just asking and crying to Allah to have a good president , they did not have time to bully anyone . so your story is not true.

    • Natasha is at least the FOURTH western female reporter, all blondes, raped on the tahrir square. Before her there was Lara Logan, Carolin Sinz, a danish one.
      Russians says at least twi other were.
      If you are really an egyptian woman (and not a raper in disguise), how can you defend fanatics who excise 93% of their daughters and rape whoever they want because they can. This is psychiatric.

      • four female journalists.. you said. \
        then I’m wondering why they still go there. don’t they know better?

  240. i am an egyptian

    i did not vote for MORSI nor SHAFIQ beacuse i know that the whole situation is FUCKED up and the Mercenaries are still out there walking around in religious shoes.
    there is NO kind of any justification what so ever for what happened to u
    but all i can say that just feel sorry for us due to the 30 years of corruption and minibulating the morals

    I AM SORRY :(((((((

  241. Come visit Oslo and you may experience the same dear Britons. Sexual harassment of white women by Arabs and blacks is an everyday experience is this multicultural city. Police don’t give a darn about anything else than investigating white people who may be bigots. The logic from our government and their media is that we bigots are to blame for the rape epidemic we have “brought upon our self”.

  242. Islam : isn’t it the religion written by a slaver, raider, raper and pedophile maniac that makes the raped women guilty of adultery ? It drove to suicide a 16 yo Moroccan girls a few monthes ago : raped, and forced to wed her raper by her own parents, because sharia commanded it.
    Isn’t it the religion of the Rochdale serial gang-rapers, who considered english non-muslim teens were just whores (for being non-muslim) and acceptable rape-fodder ?
    Animals, the filthy lot of them.

    • And now her boyfriend is setting up an account to make it possible for her to return to the scene of the crime in order to make some “beautiful, politically correct” statement! This is the apex of delusion and horror. He should be online trying to find weapons grade plutonium to make a bomb not make excuses for her rapists! For shame….there is tolerance and there is stupidity!

      • i think her boyfriend is trying to do the right thing for his girlfriend he is showing how much he cares and how worried about the whole situation i think everyone here who has something bad to say about them should just not write anything and leave them and this site alone as your just making matters worse

  243. *sigh* the wonders of cultural relativism. Seems like Evolution is doing its work mightily fine, you were just lucky this time… yet you plan to go back. Go figure.

    You are correct in one account. This happens to women the world over but in all judeo-christian religions where women are seen as inferior to men, license to behave like this is almost culturally implicit. I truly do despair for the likes of you… regardless what happened to you is not something I would wish upon anyone, no matter how foolish and delusional. Get well soon and rethink whether it is a good idea to head back there, you can fight your fight without ‘becoming a catalyst’, or is that modern speech for secular martyr?

    • It’s not her trying to be a martyr, it’s her working to make some good out of a terrible situation. People do that. Is that so hard to understand? It’s part of life, and the way strong people often cope with hardship. It’s probably the best (if not only) way of moving forward completely.

      And FTR, Judeo-Christian cultures are far from the only ones in which this is culturally implicit. To believe that you’d have to ignore quite a bit of the rest of the world.

      • Laika, seeing as adherents of judeo-christian religions (including islam) (no I don’t capitalise these aberrations out of sheer disrespect) account for the vast majority of the population on this planet I reckon that’s pretty thorough.

        Yeah yeah you can split hairs if you like and bring up the populations of India and China and still it would not make a difference to this point.

        Also, I see that the use of the phrase ‘secular martyr’ is lost on you.

        Strong people hah! ‘perform mistake, learn, and avoid’ is the only evolutionary biology acceptable way of coping with hardship, not something that h. sapiens as a species has mastered 😉

  244. This sentence is very insightful: “that good education doesn’t make an idiot any less of an idiot, just an educated idiot that’s all”
    Muhammad Atta was well educated, coming from a well-to-do family. But he was also a muhammadan idiot, believing in the idiotic promise of 72 virgins in Janna. And he was even more of a well educated, muhammadan idiot if he believe that 72 raisins was worth the sacrifice of his own life.
    The idiotic muhammadan crowd in that “blessed place” are an impatient lot. In stead of waiting for the newly elected ikhwan caliph to proclaim jihad to the kufr people, in order to rob them of their possessions and enslave their women they just grab a kufr young woman who happens to be there.
    The land of Kemet will be a country, rich beyond belief in the future thanks to the outstanding muhammadan economist who has a brilliant solution to eradicate poverty. Poor people don’t have to resort to the described practices.:

    • That’s one big fallacy here, extremist wahabi Islamists are not representatives of Egyptian moderate conception about Islam. Those extremists like Abu-Ishak and others get paid with millions of oil gulf money to spread an extremist pro-dictator understanding of religion. I bet if you can get a single terrorist speech like this one coming out of an Azhar clerk.

      • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: “There Is No Radical or Moderate Islam. There Is Only Islam.”
        Dear Mr. Ahmed Seddik: Why don’t you brush up your qur’an, sahih ahadiths al Bukhari and Muslim, ibn Majah, al Tirmidhi, the Muwatta of Malik ibn Annas, the Sunan of Abu Daud, the Tafsir al jalalayn, etc., etc.
        There you will find the muhammadanism of Abu al Qasim Muhammad ibn Abdallah. As a true mumin you should listen tothe “great” Turkish padishah.

  245. Natasha!
    I was horrified about your story, please forgive me if what i’m actually going to tell will seems rude to you, but please let me tell my opinion of what’s happened:
    This is just the mob of sexually disfunctional (not satisfied, not learned how 2 treat etc) young animals, i mean this could happen to anyone in this country. The truth is there most of them like you meet, this is just the result of history of the country and the society. Your only mistake was to think that your true love to country and peoples will be your shield. I wish you 2 come back home asap, there will be more violence soon, believe me.

    Zagit, Russia.

  246. Natasha,

    I am also a survivor of sexual assault. It left me scarred emotionally and mentally–I know what you are going through, and I am outraged at the morons who are blaming you for being assaulted or using your assault as an excuse to engage in naked racism and stupidity, because it reminds me of the “well it’s your fault”-type garbage that I heard after I was attacked.

    This attack was not your fault, Natasha. It was never your fault, and it will never be your fault. I applaud your decision to continue with your documentary–it sends a very clear message that your assailants do not have power over you, and it shows that you are a lot stronger than some small-minded asshats are giving you credit for.

    Thor ward you, great lady.

      • Dear Cait and AQ,
        Thank you for being one of the few sensible people here. Please, do continue posting and taking down all these nationalist, racist, religious nut-jobs. “the only thing necessary for evil to win is for good people to do nothing!”
        To Natasha,
        I would be lying if i say that i can even begin to comprehend what you have,are going through. Thank you for sharing this with us, Please, seek help, especially for PTSD. And please do continue with your documentary. I wish you a speedy recovery and may your mind never be clouded by ill judgement based on anything that is not driven by logic.
        Your fellow human,

  247. As I said earlier, Natasha is really a brave girl and far more sensible to understand it’s not the religion responsible for what happened to her, it’s just some BAD people in the societies who create such horrific crimes. Just for example read this news : http://articles.cnn.com/2012-03-25/justice/justice_california-immigrant-death_1_iraqi-woman-el-cajon-life-support?_s=PM:JUSTICE
    now shall Muslim blame ALL Americans or Christianity responsible for the murder of 32 years old Iraqi mother of five???

    • You compare apples with oranges.There is a clear connection between islam and violence against women or violence in general.It’s clear for everyone that the muslim society has problems with sexuality and women and you comparison is a pathetic attempt to distort the true.Natasha wasn’t assaulted by some deranged criminals in a dark corner but by mob of normal, ordinary guys in broad daylight on a crowded square.That is a shame

      • Islam never allow violence against any animal, how about humans!!! Please if you don’t know about Islam, don’t judge it.
        I can’t see the ‘clear connection’ you are talking about here. Can you clarify more??
        I don’t think that you know the ‘people’ who attacked Natasha. How come did know that they are not criminals?? How do u know if they Muslims , Christians, or even atheists ??
        Why you didn’t speak about the other ‘people’ who tried to protect her?? why they can’t be Muslims??
        Religion has nothing to do with what happened to Natasha.
        if a person convicted with murder, the judge is muslim and the person is also a muslim. Why you look to the murder only??

        At last, I am terribly sorry for you, Natasha :(. Please accept my apologies for what happened to you, it was our fault, we should have protect you. I don’t know what I can say to make you feel better. I am really sorry again

      • @Ahmed
        Please don’t give me the BS they aren’t real muslims and islam doesn’t allow it.Look at muslim countries and then judge again.There aren’t any Jews anymore in the Arab countries.The Christians are being slaughtered in all muslim countries including Egypt where the Copts face a gloomy outlook for their future because of the oppression they experience by their fellow muslim country men.Pakistan,Iraq,Sudan Nigeria in all these countries Christian communities are shrinking because of islam which encourages the killing of Jews and Christans.I guess they aren’t real muslim either,are they?Look at Westbank and Gaza i know it’s not everything okay there but is that a reson to name shopping malls or sport center after suicide bomber?

  248. I thought as an Egyptian that people lacking the ability to attribute causes of a problem; sexual harassment in Egypt for example, to a compound multi-factorial cause was part of our poor education and intellectual standard.. And that low intellectual standard was why people tend to look for a single bright shiny reason to put on all the blame of their problems.

    Frankly I believe that everyone who puts all the blame only on Islam, or the barbaric cultural nature of Egyptian men without putting in consideration the extreme social injustice and poverty and social imbalance and political dictatorship and lack of freedoms people were and still are suffering in Egypt as major co-factors contributing to the ugly scene told by Natasha, those who just think its religion and only religion that made that scene take place serve to prove a point, that good education doesn’t make an idiot any less of an idiot, just an educated idiot that’s all. You people are not any different than salafists, you’re just agnostic salafists.

    I feel sorry for you Natasha, reading this post made me remember the day my sister came home from college crying because of an incident which honestly was less violent, yet not any less barbaric than the one you’ve experienced. I’m sure that a strong young lady just like you will get over this experience soon enough.

  249. Before a journalist goes to a place to report complex social phenomena he or she should make him/herself knowledgeable about the culture of that place. The place visited by ms. Smith has been under the shadow of a criminal for 14 centuries. If a culture has been dominated for this long by a highway robber, an extortionist, a paedophile, a rapist, a mass murderer, a slave trader by the name of Muhammad ibn Abdallah don’t expect humane values and practices. This mob just follow the practice of their role model (uswa hussana) who had raped many a woman during the time when he became powerful. Read the Sira and the Ahadith before you undertake to study this specific society.

  250. The story seems all too familiar. Maybe not with the same amount of violence you experienced. I have seen western women (journalists,ngo´s and people that like to be on top of everything around the world) and their “i am untouchable” attitude. They often have absolutely no respect for different cultures and point their cameras point blank into everybody´s face without having the consent of the person in front of the lense. I call your experience “totally foolish”. Just stay where you are. There they are mostly all like you.

  251. Natasha,

    first I am very sorry and accept my sympathy and sorry for this barbaric action.


    The Propaganda and sheating is spread everywhere in Egypt.
    I BELIEVE THAT THE ATTACK IS ORGANIZED !!! and not just from a couple of criminals.
    Egypt is since long time is without Law and without Order (see what is done to the copts thens of Years before)!!!!!.
    If You need to do an Experiment, complain to the new elected President and see whether he will bend the finger for You and do anything OR NOT!
    The Rvolution MUST continue till a real civilian and a real democratic fair human and civil president will be fairly elected and not throut ……….

    ALL what is published IN EGYPT NOW IS LIES LIES LIES and the Evil will distroy himself.

    Please forgive these barbaric People, but try to complain officially TO GET THE cRIMINALS BE PUNSHED: maybe the foreign minister of the UK MUST do somthing and apply pressure ON Egypt for sake of the future victims linke You.

    All the Best and may the LORD heals all Your Wounds.

    HE and only HE can heal us and repair evary thing ONLY HIM … it is like a magic biut it is true.
    And the LORD will do that FOR YOU!
    Believe it (and not, or not!).

    • “I think that the attack was organized” .. No it is not and you know well it is not ..and stop telling the world it is the last 60 years ..it is not too…it is the ideology of the Mb who is taking power now ..thanks to what so call ” Arab Spring “…please free world do n’t reelect any one who backed or contributed in creating this ” ugly spring “.. For your people ‘ s good .

  252. I happened to read upon this just out of the blue.
    I’m thoroughly disgusted by such behavior, I have a girlfriend who I’d give the world to, just to make her happy and the thought of something like this possibly happening to her because she has blond hair in a bigot filled country… it just makes me shudder. People, yes t his happens everywhere but i don’t remember the last time there was a public gang rape in the U.S., and if something like this even started up for one minute the MAJORITY of the U.S. around would probably beat to death anyone who was participating in such a foul act.
    It’s entirely appalling to know this could actually go on, and it’s justified in the end by.. religion. By a base belief like Islam. I’m all for free religious beliefs, but when your religion kills millions and causes such suffering.. then maybe things should change.

  253. Natasha ,
    I’m an Egyptian girl . I knew about wt happened to u & I;m really sorry for all wt u have been through , I hope u r better now . I want to tell u some real words u have to put in mind always no matter wt happened … Muslims , Arabs, & Egyptians … are not pigs to be shot , they are not all rapists , they are nt brutal , they are nt anything of wt’s been written above & known for them everywr cause of ignorance of their History & civilization .. We are just human beings like everybody else ,. Don’t u ever think cause u r a journalist or a forgeiner , u were sexually harrased ! No ! it happens everwr in the world Natasha , even in ur country & u know it … We are originally good , but ppl just want to focus on the awful things bad ppl do here although everyone of those critisers have dozens of issues a like in their country. If u would have been up to this in ur country , would that be their reaction?? I’m sure not … I’m really sorry for u Natasha & sorry we have such ppl between us . But wt I can assure u is that specially egyptians are the most kind, welcoming , open hearted ppl u can ever meet . Don’t let a very harsh & negative experience prevent u from seeing the whole picture .. Any of us could have been in yr place , Be strong , face yr fears , live yr life .. Egypt will always welcome u ))

  254. I am a poud Egyptian and reading your story has caused me a grat deal of sorrow sadness and despair , I am now speaking on behalf of Egyptian girls like me ; I AM DREADFULLY SORRY for horrible experience though I know it won,t compensate your pain and I appreciate that you undersatnad that this NOT the true nature of Egptians or Islam though many comments claim that such a barbaric act is encouraged by the Egyptian Islamic society but I assure you all that bybeing an Egyptian Muslim girl Islam has the utmost respect for women and such a viciose act gets up to death penalties ..

  255. I cannot say anything but just imagine what you went through. My God, you are one brave girl! Try to forget this incident as much as possible otherwise it would not let you have peace. You are lucky to be alive and God/Allah listened to your prayer. These savage men Muslim or not (does not matter) will be standing on the day of judgment when the justice will be done properly. Keep faith and feel strong. My prayers are with you…A bih hug to you!…From: a Muslim woman

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  257. I have never read or even heard of anything that touched me as much as your incident and moreover your determination to not let this terrible experience stop you! I had tears in my eyes reading this. Hollywood should make movies about people like you instead of the avengers! You are a real life hero! Not because of what happened to you but because after all that, you can say “I will overcome this and come back stronger and wiser”. No one on earth could be stronger than that!

  258. It´s your own fault. You should know how muslims behave. I would never visit a muslim country in my life. Never.

  259. I’m So Sorry. i apologize for every moment you had in this madness
    I’m Egyptian, and i feel shameful because what happened for you.
    Thanks GOD you are safe.