Joanna Girling, a 45-year-old woman, experienced a dramatic turn of events during her vacation to Egypt with her husband of 20 years. While in Sharm-El-Sheikh, she met Hassan Kahlied, a 24-year-old local who showered her with attention and compliments, making her feel desired in a way she hadn’t in years due to her loveless marriage. Captivated by Hassan’s charm, Joanna began a romantic affair with him, leading her to leave her husband behind.
To be together in Egypt, where premarital sex is prohibited, Joanna and Hassan obtained a fake marriage certificate and started a new life in an apartment. However, once she moved in, Hassan manipulated her into giving him all her money, citing cultural norms that dictated men handle finances. Despite initial happiness, Hassan started disappearing for days at a time, raising suspicions.
Joanna discovered that Hassan was planning to marry someone else and had only used her. Heartbroken, she decided to return home but was met with cruel messages from Hassan, who called her “old” and “fat.” Crushed and with nowhere else to go, she returned to Egypt, taking a job as a nursery worker.
In a surprising turn of events, Joanna began dating another local, Hysm Feygo, a 38-year-old shopkeeper. They engaged in an illegal relationship, using another fake marriage license, and even planned to have a baby. Her family disowned her for her choices, but Joanna didn’t seem to mind, feeling like she had a second chance at happiness.
However, Joanna’s actions put her at odds with Egyptian law. She remains married to her husband, and her relationships with Hassan and Hysm are illegal under Egyptian law. This could lead to serious legal consequences, including charges of adultery in the Sharia-governed country.
Joanna’s story serves as a cautionary tale of the consequences of making impulsive decisions driven by a desire for acceptance and love. To avoid potential legal trouble, she should consider addressing her marital status and seeking a more stable and lawful path to happiness.