A quiet Wednesday at work. I receive a series of phone calls from an unknown creepy caller.
My colleagues Hamdy and Mohamed talk politely with the caller, listening to his excuses for calling eight times in five minutes – I was sure this was my cousin’s number, etc – before telling him firmly not to call again.
Um Abdullah, in the background: “Hua kaddab! Hua ibn al k***! Hua 3ayez aih??!” ("He's a liar! He's a bastard! What does he want??!")
No question who I’m asking to answer the phone the next time I receive one of those calls.