Khaled Mohammed Al Sayed Mohammed Al Wakil
Khaled was in the final year of high school. A talented young man, he loved to participate as an actor for cultural palaces and school activities. He was chosen by the famous Egyptian actor Mohamed Sobhi to join the “City of Simbel” project for acting. He had an independent mind and was respected among his family.
Once he was joking with his father saying, “I will become president of the republic!” His father laughed asking, “How, our philosopher?” Khalid replied,“By a free and fair elections.” His father retorted, “But, we don’t have free and fair election.”
Khaled replied, “Tomorrow will have and Egypt will be the most beautiful and finest country in the world!”
His mother, Amal, recalls in an interview about the last days of her son:
“On Jan. 25th I fought with him because he wanted to participate in 25th January demonstrations. I didn’t want him to go, but he was determined since he had promised his friends.”
She warned him, “If I go out I will be angry at you.”
Khaled replied to her, “Tomorrow I will make it up with you.”
Khaled left home to participate in the demonstrations. He posted on all the details on Facebook.
The next day, Wednesday, January 26th, he came back to reconcile with his mother. She remembers his words clearly:
Khaled: “Oh mother, can you imagine being a mother of a martyr?”
She was shocked by his comment: “Why do you want to break my heart?”
He said, “Mother, this is the most beautiful thing in this world, then I can take you and my father to heaven.”
His mother swears that this dialogue took place between her and her son.
His mother continued to describe how her son wasin his last days: “Two days passed and I felt that my son was changing. He was saying strange words and all his actions were something related to spirituality.”
On Friday, January 28th, Khalid got up early to praye Fajr and sat to recited the Quran. He repeated Sūrat al-Kahf, the 18th chapter of the Quran several times. His mother jokingly asked him, “Someone is becoming really dedicated to his faith, what’s up Khaled?”
He answered, “Mother, Sūrat al-Kahf brings light to the grave of whoever reads it.”
He asked his mother to attend the demonstrations since he could not go without her permission.
She told him, “I’m afraid something will happen to you.”
Khaled replied, “If every mother would be afraid like you the country will not change. Do you like injustice, forgery of wil,l and corruption that has gone beyond its limits in Egypt?”
His mother said to him, ” Are you going to fix the world?”
Khaled said: “Who knows? I may. I have to join the demonstrations so my little brother of 12 knows what his rights are.”
His mother recalls that this conversation ended up with Khaled deciding not to join the demonstrations, but later, he told his mother that he would go to a friend who lives near Matria Square to bring some school notes. His mother agreed despite feeling that her son would get hurt.
Khaled’s father describes what happened next: “I knew that Al-Matria Square was surrounded by snipers on the roofs of buildings. According to eyewitnesses, when Khaled tried to reach his friend to give the school notes, he found his friend by a bullet to the foot. When he tried to help his friend he was shot in the heart from a high place, as witnesses testified, Khaled fell to the ground.
His friends tried to save his life and rushed him to Zitoun Hospital, where six doctors worked on Khaled. They didn’t manage to save him and the next day his father buried him in his clothes.
The life of Khaled’s family changed drastically—he was the hope of his parents. After the high school results came out, his mother contacted Khaled’s friends and congratulated them on their success. On Khaled’s birthday she went to his tomb, Quran in hand to pray for him.