“Blood feud is not taken from women” is a regulation that should not be overlooked in Upper Egypt and even Lower Egypt, but this “safety principle” doesn’t end the relationship between the women and the blood feud. In most blood feud crimes, women are the principal driver; they incite men, this instigator may deprive the son, brother, and husband of sleep and food to respond and avenge the deceased. Sometimes, they motivate tolerating and stopping the bloodline and maybe the only reason for the opposite.


In the seven stories from five governorates in Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt observed by Masrawy, women were the hidden drive of the blood feud or reconciliation. Starting from Wasifa who incited her sons to kill her brother and celebrated his murder, then Ayman’s mother who confronted her tribe after the murder of her husband to stop bloodline, and at the end Hosnia who provided the shroud for Hoda to stop the murder.

Story By: Mohamed El-Sawy

Prepared by:Sameh Ghaith

Video: Asmaa Yousry, Ahmed Lotfy, Naseem Abdel Fattah, Omar Hashem and Ahmed Hussein

Editing: Ahmed Abdel Shafee and Eslam Farghaly

Drawing: Sahar Essa

Infographic: Ahmed Yassin

Developer: Mostafa Osman

Director: Alaa Elghatrifi