Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

Ireland's missing babies casting light on a dark history...

Read more

WEB NEWS

World Cup 2014: Germany-Brazil inspires the Web

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Boutros-Ghali: 'I wanted to reform the UN'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

57 000 little problems

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

The Sarkozy 'threat'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Budget challenge for India's new government

Read more

DEBATE

Africa's Newest Failed State: How to Stop Civil War and Famine in South Sudan? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Africa's Newest Failed State: How to Stop Civil War and Famine in South Sudan?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Israeli strikes on Gaza as seen on social media

Read more

  • French companies will have to accept anonymous CVs

    Read more

  • Germany asks US intelligence station chief to leave country

    Read more

  • Death toll rises in Gaza as militants target Israeli cities

    Read more

  • Senegalese man awarded French visa in gay marriage debate

    Read more

  • Tour de France passes WWI Chemin des Dames battlefield

    Read more

  • Video: Muslims in China confront obstacles to Ramadan fasting

    Read more

  • Israel steps up airstrikes as diplomacy gets under way

    Read more

  • Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties to reach World Cup final

    Read more

  • Foiled French jihadist ‘targeted Louvre and Eiffel Tower’

    Read more

  • Obama in Texas to urge congressional action on child migrant crisis

    Read more

  • Iraq’s heritage 'in danger' from ISIS militants

    Read more

  • Froome crashes out of Tour de France

    Read more

  • South Sudan independence heroes ‘have lost their way’

    Read more

  • 100 years on, the Tour de France returns to the Western Front

    Read more

  • Dozens of blindfolded bodies found south of Baghdad

    Read more

Middle east

Syrian refugees ‘living in fear in Egypt’

©

Video by Kathryn STAPLEY , Sonia DRIDI

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-09-17

Once welcomed as war refugees, Syrians exiled in Egypt are now under threat for alleged ties to the recently-deposed Muslim Brotherhood. FRANCE 24 looked into anti-Syrian discrimination and was confronted with first-hand experience of the trend.

Attitudes toward Syrian refugees are changing in Egypt in the wake of a coup in July that saw the Muslim Brotherhood ejected from power. Once welcomed as exiles fleeing a civil war, many Syrians now live in fear in their adopted country.

Abu Mahmoud, a Syrian refugee living in the “October 6” housing estate some 45 minutes from Cairo, told FRANCE 24 that his children were regularly beaten by other kids and his wife feared being kidnapped. They were “prisoners in their own home,” Mahmoud lamented.

Mohammed Saleh, an activist with the Aazer humanitarian NGO, said Egyptians were wrongly accusing Syrians of supporting Egypt’s deposed Muslim Brotherhood. He said the media was drumming up nationalism and anti-Syrian hysteria. “It's becoming unsafe, unfortunately, for Syrians to live in Egypt,” he told FRANCE 24.

While conducting its video report, Egyptian residents of the “October 6” housing estate interrupted filming, accusing Saleh of wanting to ruin Egypt’s international image and warning Mahmoud to stay indoors.

Mahmoud said many fellow Syrians, feeling persecuted, were heading back to their war-torn homeland, while others had decided to try to reach Europe.

Watch the full FRANCE 24 report on Syrian refugees by clicking in the player above.

Date created : 2013-09-17

  • GERMANY - SYRIA

    Syrian refugees make a new home in Germany

    Read more

  • SYRIA

    ‘Little doubt’ Assad is to blame for sarin attack

    Read more

  • EGYPT

    Egypt extends nationwide state of emergency

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)