Pennsylvania Mom Scours Egypt In Burqa To Rescue Her Allegedly Kidnapped Son From Crazy Ex

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kidnapped sonKalli Atteya deserves a space right next to the famously bad ass mom who dismantled prostitution rings looking for her abducted daughter. Kalli not only traveled to the ends of the earth looking for her missing son, but she found him. And all it took was two years, a private investigator, months in disguise, and a motorized cart.

New York Daily News reports that “a daring Pennsylvania mother” has rescued her 12-year-old son Niko by traveling all the way to Egypt. Kalli’s ex-husband, Mohamed Atteya, reportedly took off with his son after abandoning his ex-wife and daughter on a highway in Egypt. That was two years ago.

According to other reports, Kalli and her son were “lured” to Egypt by Mohamed to visit his dying mother. Authorities as well as “private companies” have since been involved but there had been no successful attempts to locate Niko.

The father’s motives are allegedly religious:

He kidnapped the boy “to make him a Muslim,” Kalli, of Chambersburg, near the Maryland line, told

“He said that we lack the morality and the values that their system has,” she said. “And he said that Americans were so violent, he said we are a rotting society.”

Kalli later traveled to Egypt four times. Both she and an investigator later found the boy on her last trip, and she reportedly spent months “disguised in a burqa” following both Niko and Mohamed around Alexandria. She tells one outlet that she came so close to her missing son that she could touch him, but refrained.

But one day, she found her opportunity:

She made her move on March 14. Niko, now 12, was getting off a school bus when his shrouded mother approached, grabbed him, and hustled to a motorized cart.

“Get in,” she said, according to

The boy recognized his mother’s blue eyes.

They went to a safe house and stayed there for three weeks before flying back to the U.S.

Today, the pair is staying at an undisclosed location, fearful of their safety.

Mohamed Atteya is currently wanted for forging documents claiming that his son was Egyptian and kidnapping an American citizen. Niko’s aunt maintains that he “always knew his mother would come for him.” Come thousands of miles, burqa disguises, or high water.

(photo:  tommaso delpiano / Shutterstock)


  1. Emmali Lucia

    April 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    “The American culture is so violent! The whole counties in decay! Now excuse me while I go kidnap my child and leave my ex-wife and daughter on the side of the road in a sweltering hot country immediately before a revolution”

  2. Valeri Jones

    April 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    There is a similar story going on here in my hometown, and still has yet to be resolved. The mother is pleading to the FBI and President Obama to help her, but so far nothing has been done. My heart breaks for any mother and child who have fallen victim to international kidnapping.

    • Justme

      April 25, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      That is an awful story and I cannot imagine how that mother must feel.

      On another, more juvenile note….moreheadnews.

    • Valeri Jones

      April 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Lol! The name of my town is Morehead, so it’s Morehead State University, prompting bumper stickers, T-shirts, anything you can put a graphic on to say I <3 More Head (two words). Gotta love it!

    • Justme

      April 25, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      Ha! I have heard of the university. Several of the more fratastic guys in high school wore the Morehead University white hat…paired with their Abercrombie popped collar shirts, madras shorts and rainbow flip-flops.

    • Valeri Jones

      April 25, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      Yup. That’s our campus. It’s a walking douchebag parade. Lol. Unless, of course, you like that kind of thing. You should visit. I myself do not.

    • Justme

      April 25, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      I’m proud to say that I am a recovering douche-aholic who is now happily married to an almost middle-aged, balding, slightly chubby but all around loyal, honest and devoted man. My parents are so proud.

    • Valeri Jones

      April 25, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      Me too!!! Well, almost. I am definitely recovered. My husband is 38, gaining weight by the day (but will keep a full, thick head of hair for at least two years after he dies), and is just all around wonderful. My parents would love him anyway, but they love him so. much. more because of all of the douchebags I dragged in and out for years. 🙂

    • Jen

      April 26, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      Valeri I dated more than one Morehead Douche…blech. Love the school…hate the fellas.

  3. Holly

    April 27, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Actually, it was his ex wife and her sister that he abandoned alongside the road. You should really consider fact checking before you post this shit.

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