Google’s Head of Marketing for the Middle East and North Africa has been missing since Friday. The Egyptian capital of Cairo has been in chaos as of late as there have been violent protests against Egypts current regime. Major news outlets have reported widespread govenment mandated broadband internet shutdowns as well as other communication cut-offs during this violence.
Wael Ghonim who works in the region for Google as the Head of Marketing for the Middle East and North Africa hasn’t been since since Friday when he tweeted the message below:
“Pray for Egypt. Very worried as it seems that government is planning a war crime tomorrow against people. We are all ready to die.”
Ghonim wasn’t overly political, but like many young men in Cairo, he had allegedly joined the protests in some way or another. A friend of his Habib Haddad said he last spoke with Ghonim via email on Thursday and heard from him Friday morning. The last time anyone has seen or spoken to him was Friday morning around 9am.
Ghonim was based in both Dubai and Cairo and Haddad had said that Ghonim was most recently in Cairo for a conference.
Google has made a statement and a please for anyone with information about Ghonim to please contact Google at their UK offices
“The safety of our employees is very important to Google, so if anyone has any information please call the following UK number: +44 20 7031 3008,” Google said in a statement.