Lagos - A Lagos based Egyptian mother, Thuraya Elshamy , has called on the Egyptian authorities to release his detained Al Jazeera journalist son, Abdullah Elshamy, who has now been imprisoned for 253 days.
Elshamy said her son, who was born in Egypt, but raised in Lagos, Nigeria, has been on hunger strike for 93 days and that the family is in total support of the hunger strike embarked by her son.
The father, Nusehy Elshamy, expressed concern about the health of his son. He said their son has lost a lot of weight, but his strength is boosted everyday by the solidarity of his colleagues from all over the world.
Abdullah, who works as a West Africa correspondent for Al Jazeera Arabic, has been in detention since December 2013 alongside his colleagues, Al Jazeera English correspondent Peter Greste and producers Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.
Calls for their release have been made from the White House, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the European Union.
Similarly public calls of support for the #FreeAJStaff campaign have been made from prominent media personalities with over 50 000 people supporting the #FreeAJStaff campaign, which has had over 1.1 billion impressions on twitter.
Various media freedom and human rights groups have also issued statements, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, the International Press Institute, Amnesty International and Foreign Correspondents’ Association of East Africa.