Saudi mother’s Cairo journey ends tragically as EgyptAir crashes

Sahar Khoja worked in the Saudi Embassy in Cairo, and her daughter from her divorced Egyptian husband were on EgyptAir Flight 804

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A Saudi woman, working in the Saudi Embassy in Cairo, and her daughter from her divorced Egyptian husband were passengers on EgyptAir Flight 804 from Paris to Cairo, carrying 66 people, which disappeared early Thursday. And they were traveling back after the daughter had undergone treatment in Paris, only to see their journey end in a crash.

Sahar Hussien Khoja is a Saudi divorced mother and her daughter, who was a media graduate, while her son is still at the university, according to her Egyptian cousin Sameh Hafez.

Khoja and her daughter had traveled to Paris for 12 days. The daughter, who was suffering from cancer, had to undergo treatment. Following a series of checks and diagnosis for the daughter in Cairo and Riyadh, the mother decided to take her daughter to France for a final check and determine at what stage the disease had progressed.

Hafez added that they decided to come back to Egypt to restart the treatment for her daughter and her son was waiting for them at the airport.

“They announced first that the plane was late at first and at 2.45 p.m. the officials declared that the plane had disappeared. Her son like everyone else, was worried first and then when the announcement of the disappearance came went into shock,” he added.

Khoja, who was living in Rehab district, is a polite, quiet, and hardworking woman, Hafez said.

He said, “She focused on her children, and was, a mother, a father, a friend to them. She was working in the Saudi Embassy and all what she wanted was to see her two kids happy and having good lives.”

This article first appeared in the Saudi Gazette on May 20, 2016.

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