CAIRO: Ahmed, 37, was lost from his family for 20 years and was able to re-unite with them again thanks after a Facebook post telling his story reached those who recognized him.
The story started with a post written on March 24 by user Aya Mohamed, who was not available to comment; she said in the post she saw Ahmed in tattered clothes sitting on the floor at the El-Zahraa Metro Station entrance.
“No one knows him. There was only a man who takes care of him and his food, and he said that [Ahmed] appeared a month ago and that some people had taken his clothes and given him a torn galabya (traditional Egyptian dress,)” said Aya Mohamed in her Facebook post.
She added “Ahmed relieves himself in his clothes and has not changed them for over two weeks. He was afraid from us at first.”
Mohamed said first that Ahmed appeared to suffer a mental disorder illness, and then she suggested he is autistic. She explained that he can say full sentences “but cannot communicate with people.”
Since then, Mohamed regularly updated her Facebook post with details about Ahmed’s case. “We filed a police report, [Ahmed] was presented before the prosecution and was medically examined, and he is now is staying at Al-Orman Charity Association,” Mohamed wrote March 25.
Gen. Maj. Mamdouh Shaaban, the general manager of Al-Orman Association, told The Cairo Post Wednesday that the association received Ahmed per a prosecution decision and transferred him to a psychiatric clinic, where he stayed for two days.
Ahmed was then taken back to Al-Orman until the prosecution ordered him to be taken to his family, added Shaaban.
On April 2, Mohamed wrote “Ahmed’s family recognized him, and took him today. Ahmed will sleep today in his home.”
Pictures of Ahmed and his story were widely shared and discussed by users on Facebook, who thanked Mohamed and everyone who shared his story and helped him reunite back with his family.
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