Syria to Egypt: Raghad’s Story

Uploaded on May 26, 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 with the possibility of going back to my country whenever I want…but not as a refugee.”

“Sometimes when I look at what is happening in Syria I think that we will never have the possibility to return. I hope we could one day go back to Syria and rebuild it again”.

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Executive producer: Red Carpet Productions, Amira Mashhour, Sherif Abdel Aziz
Production Manager: Amr El Hadidi
Research and Script: Amira Mashhour
DOP (Director of Photography): John Youhana
Cameraman: Mohamed Emad
Sound: Mohamed Kamal
Original Music: Joseph Tawadros
Editor: Ahmed El Sayed
Director: Amira Mashhour

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