Google Exec still missing after participating in Egyptian protests

wael ghonim

Google’s head of marketing for the Middle East and North Africa, Wael Ghonim, remains missing in Cairo, his Twitter feed having gone silent on January 27th.

Ghonim has been tweeting about participating in demonstrations, even sleeping on the streets of Cairo, and relatives and colleagues fear for his safety. Ghonim tweeted:

I said 1year ago that Internet will change the political scene in#Egypt and some friends made fun of me 🙂 #Jan25

Hey @Gladwell, #Jan25 proved you wrong. Revolution can be a #Facebook event that is liked, shared & tweeted.http://nyr.kr/bYKeLq

Pray for #Egypt. Very worried as it seems that government is planning a war crime tomorrow against people. We are all ready to die #Jan25

Heading to Tahrir square now. Sleeping on the streets of Cairo, trying to feel the pain of millions of my fellow Egyptians. #Jan25

Ghonim’s final tweet was in reply to a user asking how his tweets were going through in the absence of internet in Egypt, to which he replied “proxy servers.” Google released a statement earlier this week, confirming Ghonim’s disappearance, and pleading for help in locating him:

A Googler, Wael Ghonim, is missing in Egypt. He has not been seen since late Thursday evening in central Cairo. The safety of our employees is very important to Google, so if anyone has any information please call the following U.K. number: 44 20 7031 3008.

The last confirmed sighting of Ghonim was nearly a week ago- at 9 am on Friday morning.