A week has gone by since anyone has heard from Wael Ghonim, Marketing Manager for the Middle East and North Africa. Ghonim, based in Dubai and Cairo was reportedly in Cairo last week as intense riots and protesting heated up over the current Egyptian regime.
You may have read reports that said Egyptian officials had cut off broadband internet in hopes to cripple communication. Google has teamed up with Twitter to help people in that region communicate with friends, families and loved ones. During the midst of this joint effort one of their own went missing.
Ghonim was described in many reports as “not very political” however thousands of young adults in Cairo have gotten involved in these efforts. At one point before going radio silent, Ghonim had tweeted that he was taking a rest at his home and safe but was heading back out to the protests later in the day.
Google has asked that anyone with information on Ghonim’s whereabouts please call the Google office in the UK at +44 20 7031 3008. They have also created an email address: [email protected]
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.