Egyptian mother puts children up for sale

An Egyptian mother, holding a placard, puts her children up for sale as she is unable to pay for rent due to the deteriorating economy. Image courtesy: Memo
An Egyptian mother, holding a placard, puts her children up for sale as she is unable to pay for rent due to the deteriorating economy. Image courtesy: Memo

An image of an Egyptian mother holding up a placard which lists her three children for sale has been shared around on social media.

Due to the country’s economic condition, mother Hagar Ta’lib says that she needs cash for a house, food and medicine.

Local media say that both Hagar and her husband are in need of a home after they were forced to leave their one bedroom flat when they were unable to pay rent.

The Egyptian housewife also said that her and her family were forced to leave a vacant shop in a building owned by the city council of Dasouq in the northern governorate of Kafr El-Sheikh, where she had lived temporarily.

The mother has called on officials in Kafr El-Sheikh to provide her with housing. Local media says that authorities are yet to comment on the incident, however local city councillors have reportedly promised to look into her situation.

The image, widely shared over social media, is being treated as an emblem of the current economic situation in Egypt – which has vastly deteriorated since the country floated its currency in November 2016.