Mr Husayn Mahmūd Husayn Ibrāhīm

Mr Husayn Mahmūd Husayn Ibrāhīm (Houssein Hassan Abi al-Muna), 11, from Syria (now Lebanon) was travelling with Nāsīf Qāsim Abī-Al-Munà to visit his parents in America.

They boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as third class passengers.

While Albimona was somehow rescued from the Titanic, the boy was lost. His body, if recovered was never identified.


Comment and discuss

  1. Andrew J. Kahl said:

    why didn't HASSAN ABILMONA, Mr Houssein Mohamed get in a lifeboat with ALBIMONA, Mr Nassef Cassem in lifeboat 15. I been wondering about this forever

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    Michael H. Standart said:

    Hard to tell after nearly a century. My bet is that he didn't get into a boat for the same reasons a lot of the men didn't. He may not have been offered a spot, he may have been refused access or he may have declined an opportunity because he believed he had a duty to stay behind and defer to the women.

  3. Bob Godfrey said:

    Houssein Hassan was just 11 years old. He may or may not have been related to Nassef Albimona, but was certainly traveling in his care. The fact that the man found a place in a lifeboat and the child in his care did not was obviously questionable. Craig Stringer points out that Albimona later claimed to have placed the boy in another boat before looking for a means of saving himself. Maybe he did, but it's probably more likely that he simply lost contact with him in the crowd. It's possible that Hassan looked older than his years and wasn't admitted to a boat which Albimona had assumed... Read full post

  4. Andrew J. Kahl said:

    Thanks Michael and Bob!

  5. Andrew J. Kahl said:

    I've developed a theory that Houssein simply got lost in the crowd or got misplaced in the loading of the lifeboats like the rest of the Asplund family did. Can anyone relate or have other theories! Much Obliged.

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    Michael H. Standart said:

    Theories abound and not just for this one instance. The problem is that certainty is elusive, and since 1500 people didn't live to tell their side of the story, will probably remain so. This is one area where the maxim "Don't overthink the problem!" is good advice.

  7. Andrew J. Kahl said:

    Good point Michael! Thanks all!

  8. Hildur Panula-Heinonen said:

    So i have recently began to study up on the Middle Eastern passengers, because there is so little info on them and will be posting some information as it comes along.

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Gavin Bell, UK
Leila Salloum Elias, USA

References and Sources

Elias, Leila Saloum (2011) The Dream and then the Nightmare: the Syrians who boarded the Titanic; Atlas, 2011. ISBN 978-9933-9086-1-4
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2017) Husayn Mahmūd Husayn Ibrāhīm (ref: #863, last updated: 10th August 2017, accessed 28th October 2020 11:23:22 AM)