Invisible Children

Khyra Ishaq

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

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Khyra Ishaq, age 7, was starved to death by her mother, Angela Gordon, and stepfather Junaid Abuhamza. Khyra and her five siblings were homeschooled.

The children were subjected to regular beatings with a cane and punished by being forced to stand outside in the cold. The kitchen was kept locked and the children were starved and forced to vomit. Khyra was withdrawn from school in December 2007 and imprisoned in her bedroom. When she died in May 2008, two of her sisters were also hospitalized for starvation. She weighed only 37 pounds at the time of her death.

Gordon and Abuhamza pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Gordon was sentenced to 15 years in prison and Abuhamza was sentenced to life.

Date: May 17, 2008
Handsworth, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK


Documents: Date:
The tragedy of Khyra Ishaq’s death 02-25-2010
Mother of Khyra Ishaq who starved to death cleared of murder 02-25-2010
Timeline: Khyra Ishaq’s death 02-25-2010
Family of seven-year-old Khyra Ishaq who was starved to death by mother and stepfather sue council for failing to step in 01-07-2013
Brothers and sisters of starved Khyra Ishaq sue council over failures 01-07-2013