Ebrahim elmoly

 

/ Escape from Egypt

Escape from Egypt

This is the story of three Syrian refugees who are quite different, except that they escaped from Syria’s instability and came to Egypt looking for safety. Instead of safety Egypt has become a new prison. It is impossible for them to get visas renewed so they face prison and deportation either to the war in Syria, or refugee camps in Turkey. Most of the world has closed their doors on Syrians, so they are displaced to cities that aren’t their own, paying for the sins of others. It is said that the poor do not die of starvation, but of injustice. 
Fouad and Ali and Nora, like thousands of others feel their only option is to be smuggled acroos the Mediterranean sea. They feel their only choices are a slow death by injustice or risk a quick death by drowning. They sell everything they have, and put their life in the hands of a broker who promises to deliver them to the shore of Italy.

All the story's written by: Rasha Eldeeb (one of the winners of FAIR award )

special thanks to Egyptian initiative for personal rights (EIPR) NGO , Radwa adel, Refaa ُElrafaa'e ,Mahienour El-Massry

Ali is a 14-year-old child from Duma, a city about 10km outside of Damascus. He left his home with his family after repeated raids and in very difficult circumstances.
Ali’s brother-in-law Yasser is the main bread earner in his 21-member family. He was hit with shrapnel in his chest and legs during the war in Syria and his daughter was killed.
they share an 80-square-meter apartment with 21 other people. There are four families and due to the number of people at home,Ali cannot study by after 3:00 am
Ali family has tried to flee to Italy but was stopped by police before boarding the smuggling boats.
After they were released from prison, the student visas Ali and his brothers had received upon entry to Egypt were revoked. Egyptian authorities gave them new non-renewable visas valid for 30 days, which means Ali cannot legally continue to live in Egypt
“Our children have seen in Syria what any human being in the world can’t handle,” says Ali’s father. “Some of them scream at night from nightmares. Some of them are losing hair.
After experiencing air raids in Syria, the children are terrified when planes fly over their hous,
Ali sisters.
Ali and his brother-in-law tried to leave Egypt a second time and managed to board the boats. However rough seas broke the boats and as they seemed near to peril, Greek coast guard forces rescued them. However, they were again detained, this time in Greek
Ali in Holland.
Nora is a 15-year-old from the countryside of Damascus. She came with her family by road around the same time of the June 30 protests to oust Morsi and the violence that ensued.
Nora’s father suffered from a health condition for which he needed surgery. He was treated in a private hospital, where the family says that due to a medical error he went into kidney failure. He must have ongoing dialysis and has also gotten a virus
Nora often experiences harassment in the street, which she says terrifies her as she is not accustomed to facing it in Syria. Her father is now paying bus fees so that she won’t have to walk and will pursue her education.
leaving Egypt is their only hope at having a better life as they have been stifled and restricted, particularly after June 30. However, the father’s health and also the family’s lack of resources have prevented them from attempting to relocate.
Nora’s father died as their lives were being documented for this story. The image is the last one of her with her father.
that they can’t adapt to the Egyptian society and that they are mistreated by many Egyptians who have heard rumors that Syrians support the Muslim Brotherhood. “Here in Egypt we die every day,” says Nora.
Fouad is 64 years old. He spent 40 years of his life in Libya and four in Egypt, where he attended university. The rest he spent in Syria until the war erupted there. His wife is Palestinian and they have two sons and a daughter.
He came to Egypt hoping to find a point of passage to Europe after he heard from acquaintances that the Egyptian authorities let smuggling boats go during Morsi’s rule. But he was shocked to find a completely different situation after June 30. Nevertheles
Fouad hasn’t seen his sons for nine years. He is stuck in Egypt, while they are in Nablus and Palestine. Fouad calls his wife and children every day. He can’t speak to them through video so it doesn’t hurt him.
He failed twice to go to Italy by sea. He was detained for long times. ‘Am Fouad is claustrophobic and that’s why he describes prison as hell. photo from Fouad phone.
When the police arrested him during his second attempt to leave Egypt, Fouad fell on the ground and suffered from some blood clots in his eyes. The clotting forced him to stop taking his heart medication, He is simultaneously at risk of losing his eyesigh
Fouad stops praying. He says he can’t raise his head toward God because he has let him down.
Two weeks ago, Fouad called me from Germany and told me he had travelled there illegally. He fled through the Egyptian Libyan borders to Libya and from Libya to Italy then onward to Germany. photo of the smaller boats smuggled across the Mediterranean sea
Foud in Germany.