How children in Sisi's Egypt are turned into political prisoners

In January 2016, 14-year-old Mohamed was staying up late studying for midterm exams. One night, unidentified security forces burst into his family’s apartment, stormed his bedroom and upended his desk, driving him away in an unmarked microbus. His sister, who witnessed the arrest, said that they’d promised their father he’d be returned in two hours. But the family waited for 35 days – frantically calling every police station they could for information – while Mohamed sat blindfolded in a secret cell belonging to Egypt’s National Security Agency, the rebranded police intelligence service that r…

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