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Amazing!!! Brave Mom Rescues Kidnapped Son

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They say the love of a mother knows no bounds and this really seems to be the case. We have heard of mothers doing the unimaginable to defend their children and one mother even lifted a car off her son. Another amazing story is that of Kalliope “Kalli” Atteya who rescued her kidnapped son Khalil from Egypt. In August 2011, Kalliope “Kalli” Atteya of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in the United States agreed to travel to Egypt with her ex-husband, Mohamed, and only child, Niko. A few days later, her son was gone.

Mohammed had abandoned the family in 2000, only three months after Niko was born. “Basically he married me for a visa,” Kalli told Fox News. They divorced in 2005. In late July 2011, at the height of the Egyptian revolution, Mohamed demanded she and Niko travel to Egypt to visit his aging mother. Though Kalli was reluctant to bring her son to an unstable country, she told Fox, “[Mohammed] kept pushing and pushing until I finally relented. I didn’t want his mother to die without seeing her grandson.” She asked her sister, Maria Panagos, to accompany them for emotional support.

Shortly after they arrived in Egypt, Kalli said Mohamed kept trying to separate Niko from her and Panagos for a “man talk.” On their second day, he began asking for his son’s passport. The next day, the group took a hired car from Port Said to Cairo. En route, Mohamed told the driver to pull over claiming car trouble. “Mohamed threw me off to the side and ran to the car,” she told Fox. “I remember seeing  my sister dragging behind the car as my son pounded on the windows. It was so unreal to me. At that very moment, I knew this was all pre-planned.” Kalli and her sister were abandoned on the side of the baking highway and Niko was gone.

According to Kalli, Mohamed abducted Niko because, “He said that we [in the United States] lack the morality and the values that their system has. And he said that Americans were so violent, he said we are a rotting society.”

After fruitless appeals to the Egyptian authorities for assistance, Kalli turned to a private Norwegian company. Three trips to Egypt and $100,000 later, she still had no clue to her son’s whereabouts. She decided to take matters into her own hands. “Some people will say I was crazy,” she told Publicopinion.online in an interview. “I had already lost everything. I had nothing to lose.”

In October 2012, she made her fourth trip to Egypt. She hired a local guide who she won’t name to protect his safety. Tensions between the United States and Egypt were escalating and her family begged her to return home. “There was nothing I could say to her,” said Panagos. When a mother has that much love for her child, there’s nothing you can do.

With the help of her guide, Kalli tracked down Mohamed’s address, and finally, after months of surveillance, saw an opportunity to make her move. On March 15, she grabbed her son off the school bus, dressed him as a girl and hid out in a safe house.

Khalil Mohamed “Niko” Atteya,12, must have been terrified when a woman in a burka grabbed his arm as he stepped off a school bus in Alexandria, Egypt and hauled him toward a motorized cart—until he saw her bright blue eyes through the slit in the dark fabric. “My first reaction was…[wondering] if that was my mom or not, and then I saw her eyes,” Niko told Fox News. “I thought, ‘Thank God. I’m going to finally get out of here. I’m going to be free.'”

“The brave thing was: He knew it was me, but he couldn’t say anything,” Kalli recalled. A few weeks later they were able return to the United States.

Now, mother and son are safe in an undisclosed location near Chambersburg. Kalli’s lawyer, Jeffrey Evans, says there is a chance Mohamed might still attempt to return to the United States seeking out Niko—although he is wanted by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service for making false statements and providing forged documents to obtain a U.S. passport. Evans told Yahoo! Shine, “Kalli is aware of others who share her experience and wants to tell her story to help those folks and offer some hope.”

According to the U.S. State Department in 2011 more than 1,300 children were abducted by a parent and taken from the United States to a foreign country.

For now, Niko is being home-schooled for his security though he says he would love to play football on the local junior high school team. As for Kalli, her family calls her their hero. “Never underestimate the determination and love that a mother has for her child,” Panagos told a local Fox affiliate earlier this April.

Thank God for brave mothers!

 

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Exotic Resorts May Be the Best Bet for a Holiday

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An exotic vacation usually means exploring a distant foreign country, whilst resorts are places
to go for rest, sport, or which offers a particular speciality, with many resorts being part of a
popular tourist destination or on or near a beach. If you are planning a vacation to an exotic
resort it can be a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to a far-flung destination or a luxurious place to
stay closer to home where you can enjoy some pampering.

Why stay at an exotic resort

Exotic resorts often offer all-inclusive vacation deals, along with other options that leave you
to plan your stay more precisely to your own wishes. These resorts offer excellent customer
service, superb accommodation and facilities and are usually to be found in beautiful settings.
Here are some of the best resorts from around the world for you to consider:

Four Seasons Resort, Seychelles
This famous resort has made many feel they have entered Paradise. The gentle ocean breeze
floats up the granite hillside and into your tree-house villa tucked away from the other guests
staying at the resort. This is perfect for encouraging you to relax, either by your private pool
or in the clear blue waters of Petite Anse Bay. Perfect for a romantic stay, there is a Spa for
pampering and the chance for a sunset meal on a deserted beach.

Some enjoy simply sitting on their balcony, gazing at the ocean between reading their book,
sketching or checking out international bookmakers and betting sites for the chance of a
flutter. If you want another type of adrenaline kick, check out the resorts excellent kayaking
and snorkelling facilities, which are recommended by nearly all who try it.

Anantara Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand

The ultimate tropical getaway, the Anantara Resort is an award-winning site modelled on a
traditional Thai village and is just three hours drive south of Bangkok. The location is where
Thai royalty and aristocrats have been holidaying for almost one-hundred years. Today, you
can visit historical attractions alongside theme parks and shops as well as vineyards and golf
courses.

The resort is set among 14 acres of lush tropical grounds with lotus-filled lagoons and
meandering pathways through exotic foliage, with many rooms overlooking the shoreline.
Each day, chefs prepare freshly caught local seafood alongside Thai specialities. The resort
also has an award-winning spa located within a lagoon-inspired oasis offering you the perfect
opportunity to relax.

Kurumba, Maldives

Kurumba is a well-established resort that opened almost 50 years ago and continues to offer
superb hospitality and contemporary facilities. There are seven speciality restaurants offering
cuisine from Italy to the Middle East as well as Thila, a restaurant which extends out over the
water which offers gourmet breakfasts and seafood dinners.

You can go snorkelling over the nearby reef full of colourful marine life or sign up to a dive
package as part of your stay, or just enjoy a private pool when staying at one of the spacious
villages. There are also deluxe beachfront bungalows offering direct beach access and views
of the crystal-clear waters.

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Healthcare Workers To Receive Coca-Cola-Funded PPEs From Nigerian Red Cross

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Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease in Nigeria, our healthcare workers have continued to lead the charge against the disease. As the number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Nigeria began to increase, these healthcare workers rose to the challenge and fought tirelessly to protect the lives of Nigerians impacted by the disease.

Considering the risks these healthcare workers face, there is a crucial need for adequate protective equipment for these brave frontline workers.

Coca-Cola is excited that over 400,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) procured to support the intervention efforts of the Nigerian Government and other key stakeholders to fight the COVID 19 pandemic have arrived. We do believe that this will to provide succor to our healthcare workers on the frontlines

These PPEs comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.

Since the first confirmed case of the disease in Nigeria reported in February, over 800 healthcare workers have contracted the disease. While Nigerians are encouraged to stay home where possible and practice social distancing, these healthcare workers are needed across the country in the continued fight against the disease.

This donation forms part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s COVID-19 relief interventions in Nigeria. The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided $2.5m in grant to IFRC who seeks to directly impact the lives of 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership.

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Taking Care of Tomorrow’s Leaders Today – The itel, Lagos Food Bank Example

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Waking up to a special meal or choice gift is the best feeling ever. Hundreds of children in Mushin, mainland Lagos, had a filling taste of this feeling for the October 1 st celebrations. It’s an experience they will remember for a long time.

Being one of the most responsible corporate citizens around, celebrating Independence Day was always going to be on the radar for itel Mobile. To make this possible and memorable, the brand got to work in earnest. The focus of the work was picking the best way to commemorate the 60th independence anniversary of the most populous black nation on earth.

The efforts soon paid off through an impact-driven partnership with the Lagos Food Bank Initiative. With the arrangement, both partners considered a couple of activities capable of affecting communities positively and bringing smiles to people’s faces in Lagos. At the end of the exercise, taking care of children, the leaders of tomorrow, in the commercial city secured the highest votes.

With the decision, itel Mobile set about making this happen. Not surprisingly, the decision was
influenced by giving children the means to excel and prepare them for leadership and nation-building, for them to enjoy better life. For the good of their immediate family, community and the Nigerian society.

Idiko, Mushin, a suburb of mainland Lagos, was chosen as the benefiting community. And the partners strategically reached out to the beneficiaries, children and families, with gifts of love, care, happiness and support made possible by the itel Love Always On CSR initiative.

Over 1,000 families benefited from the gesture as well as 600 children, and each one of them received food packages to celebrate Nigeria’s 60 th Independence Day commemoration.

Speaking on the event and itel’s Love Always On CSR Initiative, Oke Umurhohwo, itel’s Marketing Manager said, ‘We wanted to mark this year’s Independence Day celebrations differently, and that is why we did something so momentous for our children. Children are the backbone of any longstanding community, and as such, we are proud to be able to give back and support them on their journey as leaders of tomorrow and for a better life.’

To meet the demands of the memorable event, 30 volunteers joined the customer-centric brand and the Lagos-based NGO to share smiles, and to convey just how important it is to love and take care of today’s children who will ultimately become leaders of tomorrow.

With the thoughtful activity, there are insights for everyone, from the government to citizens, on partnerships that are capable of making life better for children. Indeed, itel Mobile and the Lagos Food Bank Initiative have offered a great template on bringing this to reality.

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