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In Egypt.. “Blue Whale” Game threatens lives of teenagers

Sunday 22/April/2018 - 11:06 AM
Blue Whale Game
Blue Whale Game
edited by: Basant Ahmed
On Saturday، Egyptian prosecution office said that it will block dangerous online games including the "Blue Whale Challenge."

"These games are dangerous، as they misguide youngsters to hurt themselves or their family members. They may also lead to committing suicide or murder،" Egypt's top prosecutor Nabil Sadeq said in the statement، according to Xinhua.

Sadeq said that such games "affect the safety and security of a large segment of Egyptian families، which is related to national security and higher interests."

Depression and suicide cases in Egypt
On Friday، A 17-year-old Egyptian girl caused the death of her mother and disabled brother after she burnt their house down as part of a Blue Whale game task، said a security official، Al-Arabiya News reported.

The police department in al-Balina received a call about a house that was on fire، said the official. The house was owned by Essmat Kamal، the girl’s father.

The 49-year-old mother، Shadia، and brother، Mohammed Essmat، were burnt alive and the third sibling، Taha Essmat، was left injured.

During investigations، it was learned that the teenager، Shahinaz، had poured petrol throughout the house then lit it on fire. She also explained that the motive behind the crime was a Blue Whale game task from her administrator. The prosecution has decided to detain Shahinaz for four days pending investigation.

Last week، A 12-year-old Egyptian boy was found hanged inside his bedroom in Beheira governorate، and an app for the deadly cyber game Blue Whale was found on his mobile phone، Al-Arabiya News reported.

The security services in al-Beheira received a report that an Egyptian child named Al-Sayed Ahmed Al-Sayed was found hanged in his bedroom at his grandfather's home، while his relatives said the Blue Whale app was found on his phone.

The security investigation revealed that the child was undergoing a severe psychological crisis because his parents separated، and each remarried، as he had to move to live with his grandfather.

According to the investigation، during the last few days the boy isolated himself in his room. The family believed that this was due to his sadness.

Earlier this month، Former Egyptian MP Hamdy al-Fakharany’s son was found dead in his room where several notes with scribbled handwriting and unknown symbols referring to the infamous Blue Whale game were found، according to his sister، Al-Arabiya reported.

Yasmeen al-Fakharany took to her Facebook account to blame the game for her brother’s death، stating that they found papers with whale drawings among other symbols related to the game.

She added that her brother was a religious boy and would not have committed suicide that easily، especially that he was not going through any major problems that would push him to take his own life.

Yasmeen said that children are easily prone to the “devilish game”، and implored her followers to supervise their children’s’ cellphones and computers so that they do not fall victim to it.

MPs reactions
Deputy head of the Defense and National Security Committee at Parliament، Yehia el-Kedwany، said that the state should ban the games that threaten the youth life.
There are many games that threaten the lives of young people، including the blue whale game، which killed a young man who committed suicide، el-Kedwany added in a statement to Sada ElBalad.
The media should educate young people and parents to beware of these games، el-Kedwany noted pointing out that these electronic games affect Egyptian national security.
He called on international institutions to confront these games and ban them immediately، and to launch awareness campaigns for children and young people to avoid everything threatens their lives.
Moreover، Egyptian MP Mohamed Hany Al Henawy warned the government of the spread of the Blue Whale game.
The government must take urgent and quick steps to ban the circulation of such dangerous games online، the MP said.

psychiatrists reactions
Some psychiatrists say the 50-day Blue Whale Challenge is a psychological trap with weird daily tasks and challenges، such as watching horror movies، mutilating skin with a carving shape of whale on the arm and finally committing suicide.

Suicide cases around the world
The game is said to have been responsible for 130 suicide cases around the world between November 2015 and April 2016.


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