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Ghazal’s Story, Egypt
UNHCR , 20/06/2014
Ghazal arrived to Egypt from Damascus by plane with her two sons. She says, “we went through a great deal of pain, displacement, and shelling back in Syria; my house was bombed, my husband was arrested, my children suffered mental anguish as a result of the severe circumstances.” Ghazal remembers that during the flight to Egypt, she was crying the whole time, while her son was holding her tight. What really hurt Ghazal the most was leaving Syria, her homeland and her family who she has not seen since she had to flee. She was displaced several times, always fearing for her life and her children. “I left without saying goodbye… I was coming to Egypt without knowing anyone, without a plan, to the unknown.” Leaving Syria was a difficult but necessary decision “at any cost.”...
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Nabila’s Story, Egypt
UNHCR , 20/06/2014
“All I need is to find work in order to survive. Can you find me work?” These are the first words of Nabila, a 42 year old widow, originally from the city of Homs in Syria. She came to Egypt by air via Beirut with her 20 year old son and 17 year old daughter in February 2013. “Back home in Syria, I was running a ready-to-wear fashion store. My husband was a dentist and he managed his own clinic in the same city. We used to live comfortably and had a good social standing. One day in early February 2013, I learnt that my son was about to be arrested since one of his fellow friends had links with the opposition in Syria. I remember how I was frantically driving my car to the place where my son used to hang out with his friends. I “swept” him and two of his friends into the car just minutes before the army came to take them. On that very day, I made the difficult decision, th...
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Wassim’s Story, Egypt
UNHCR , 20/06/2014
I arrived from Syria to Egypt last year by plane with my family – my wife and four children, and my mother, who unfortunately passed away two months ago. I decided to leave Aleppo because we were under siege. We hardly had any means of survival left. Food, water, electricity and gas became almost non-existent. We were frightened for our safety as circumstances were getting worse day by day. Going to school became a great risk. The road leading to my children’s school was destroyed and as a result, the school closed. A couple of months later, we decided to leave. Our children’s education is a priority for my wife and me. We are determined to give our children all opportunities we can for their future. Though Egyptians have been very hospitable, supportive and empathize with our on-going crisis, I still miss my country and relatives a lot. I miss the sense of being home. Nothin...
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Raghad’s Story, Egypt
UNHCR , 20/06/2014
Raghad came with her family to Egypt after the situation in Syria became impossible to endure. She was married for only 40 days, of which she spent only one week in her house. Thereafter the family had to move a lot in Syria due to the lack of security and shelling. “I was shocked when my parents informed me about the death of my husband,” Raghad sadly recalled. “I could have imagined losing anything but him. I lost hope which is the most basic thing that makes a person feel alive. He was my source of strength.” When her parents decided to come to Egypt she explained, “I did not object because I knew that this was the best thing considering the circumstances we were living in.” However, it was not easy for her. “I loved Egypt. I used to see Egyptian movies and always thought that Egypt is beautiful,” she reminisced. “I had wished to visit Egypt as a tourist ...
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Syrian refugee women fight for survival as they head families alone
UNHCR , 08/07/2014
AMMAN, Jordan, July 8 (UNHCR) – More than 145,000 Syrian refugee families in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan – or one in four of all households – are headed by women facing a lone fight for survival, a new UNHCR report reveals today. The report lifts the veil on a daily struggle to make ends meet, as the women battle to maintain their dignity and care for their families in run-down, overcrowded homes, insecure makeshift shelters and tents. Many live under the threat of violence or exploitation, and their children face mounting trauma and distress. Woman Alone: The Fight for Survival by Syria's Refugee Women is based on the personal testimony of 135 of those women, given over three months of interviews in early 2014. Forced to take responsibility for their families after their men were killed, captured or otherwise separated, they are caught in a spiral of hardship, isolation ...
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"شئون اللاجئين":المنطقة العربية تستضيف أكبر عدد من النازحين فى العالم اقرأ المزيد على
Al Youm 7- http://www1.youm7.com/story/2014/6/23/%d8%b4%d8%a6%d9%88%d9%86_%d8%a7%d9%84%d9%84%d8%a7%d8%ac%d8%a6%d9%8a%d9%86_%d8%a7%d9%84%d9%85%d9%86%d8%b7%d9%82%d8%a9_%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%b9%d8%b1%d8%a8%d9%8a%d8%a9_%d8%aa%d8%b3%d8%aa%d8%b6%d9%8a%d9%81_%d8%a3%d9, 24/08/2014
أكد الممثل الإقليمى للمفوضية السامية لشئون اللاجئين فى القاهرة السفير محمد الديرى أن المنطقة العربية تستضيف أكبر عدد من اللاجئين فى العالم حيث يوجد 4 ملايين لاجئ فلسطينى بالإضافة إلى وجود 400 ألف لاجئ عراقى حتى نهاية عام 2013 متبقين من ملايين اللاجئين العراقيين بعد أزمة العراق 2003 . وقال الديرى فى كلمته اليوم الاثنين بمقر جامعة الدول العربية بمناسبة اليوم العالمى للاجئين إنه بالنسبة للاجئين السوريين فإن هناك 2.8مليون لاجئ سورى مسجلين لدى المفوضية السامية للاجئين يتمركز غالبيتهم فى لبنان الذ...
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العربى: المنطقة العربية تعيش الأسوأ إنسانيا نتيجة النزوح والهجرة بشكل حاد ومتفاقم
Al Ahram online- http://gate.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/13/54/507717/%D8%A3%D8%AE%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B1/%D9%85%D8%AD%D9%84%D9%8A%D8%A7%D8%AA/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%A8%D9%89-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D9%86%D8%B7%D9%82%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%A8%D9%8A%D8, 23/06/2014
أكد الأمين العام لجامعة الدول العربية الدكتور نبيل العربى، أن المنطقة تعيش فى الوقت الراهن الفترة الأسوأ لإنسانيا، والتي تعاني فيها الكثير من الدول من أزمتي النزوح والهجرة بشكل حاد ومتفاقم، وقال: إن مشكلة اللاجئين تزداد خطورتها فى العالم بأسره، مشيرا إلى تقرير المفوضية السامية للاجئين الذى نشر مؤخراً والذى يؤكد أن عدد اللاجئين على مستوى العالم قد تخطى 50 مليونًا. وأكد العربى - فى كلمتة بمناسبة يوم اللاجئ العالمي اليوم الأثنين بمقر الأمانة العامة لجامعة الدول العربية بحضور الشيخة حصة آل ...
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Refugee Voices in Egypt 2014: Exile, Refuge and Resilience
Al-Tahrir News Network (TNN), 07/07/2014
On the occasion of World Refugee Day, the photo exhibition “Refugee Voices in Egypt 2014: Exile, Refuge and Resilience”, opened on 25 June-8 July at the Legacy Gallery, at the AUC Tahrir campus. The exhibition, organised by the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) at the American University in Cairo and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) showcased an array of photos revealing the peculiarities associated with the state of refuge. “They threw him out of all refuges. 
They took his young sweetheart 
and said: You are a refugee.”- Mahmoud Darwish, On Man Mahmoud Darwish’s “On Man” rings in my ears as my eyes fall onto the display of photos featuring the faces of refugees from different nationalities who fled their homes to escape ugly, inevitable fates. Put together on the occasion of World Refugee Day, the exhibition is a...
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Picture refugee life in Egypt
Daily News Egypt, 29/06/2014
To celebrate the release of a new photo exhibit that offers a peek into the lives of refugees living in Egypt, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies organised an event this week to discuss the challenges facing those who claim asylum . The photo exhibition, titled “Refugee Voices in Egypt – Exile, Refuge and Resilience”, includes photos of Somali, Syrian and Sudanese refugees in Egypt. The photos, compiled by UNHCR and displayed at the American University in Cairo, highlight daily moment in refugees’ lives and illustrate how families have been impacted by conflict. The event focused on real stories of refugees in Egypt and the harsh circumstances they were subjected to that have pushed them to flee their countries. Abdelrahman Mostafa, a 21-year-old Somali refugee, came to Egypt with his sisters in ...
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Some improvements for Syrian refugees in Egypt: UNHCR Egypt
Daily News Egypt, 07/05/2014
Assistant Foreign Minister for Refugees and Migration Tariq Maati hosted an international delegation tasked with inspecting the status of Syrian refugees in Egypt on Tuesday. The delegation, made up of representatives from nations willing to resettle Syrian refugees, concluded its visit on Wednesday, according to a foreign ministry statement. Nations represented in the delegation included Canada, the United States, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden. Following the meeting, Maati said that Egypt is prepared to cooperate further with the international community “to ensure the best ways to help our brothers Syrians live in dignity and alleviate their suffering”. United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Regional Director Mohamed Dayri, also attended the meeting on Tuesday. “The international delegation expressed satisfaction with the level of cooperation between Eg...
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