With the increased wave of violence and the split within the Egyptian community following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsy and the rise of unaccounted for offenses the number of victims has notably risen in an unprecedented manner; the most recent victim being a child namely Abdul Rahman Ashraf.
On October 24, 2014 a new round of weekly protests was launched condemning the current government. One such protest marched past the Altrolly Street following the Friday prayers. A group of armed thugs used weapons, pellets, rocks and broken glass aiming at the demonstrating people. One resident an owner of a furniture shop fired a shot in the direction of the protestors from his home in an effort to injure and cause panic and alarm and to scare off the protestors.
Eight year old Abdul Rahman Ashraf also a resident from the area was watching from a curb when he was shot and killed instantly as the bullet hit him in the neck. Minutes later police arrived to question the killer who was then left to walk a free man with no intentions or indications for future investigations.
The victims' family moved quickly taking the boy to the Matareya Hospital for treatment whereas police arrested and detained the boy's uncle and cousin leading them to the Matareya Police Station. To date no permit has been issued to bury the boy's body.
Human Rights Monitor asserts that the continued occurrence of unaccountability of perpetrators will only lead to more innocent lives being lost so long as authorities fail to take action. It called on Egyptian authorities to hold immediate and serious investigations regarding the death of Ashraf.
The right to life is a sacred right and all humans are entitled to live it. Any violations regarding this should be punished and democracy will only be achieved once this right is recognized and once the nation learns to defend the rights of the people and the citizens of Egypt to live.