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Hassan Abozeid_oral history_video.mp4

55-year-old Hassan was born in the Philippines, and his parents' diplomatic career moved him between Egypt, Afghanistan, and the UK. Hassan discusses his experiences of migrating straight out of university to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain, nepotism in the workforce in the GCC, and maintaing roots at home.

Shereen Elshafei_oral history_video.mp4

37-year-old Shereen was born in Saudi Arabia, returning to Egypt at the age of 10 before migrating to Oman to work as a teacher at the age of 31. Shereen discusses the challenges of living abroad as a single woman, the importance of financial independence, and why parents shouldn't hesitate to let their daughters live abroad.

Ziad Gadou_oral history_video.mp4

27-year-old Ziad was born in Egypt, migrated with his family to Saudi Arabia at the age of five then to Oman at the age of 12, and now lives in the UAE. Ziad discusses memories of trips home to Port Said, anti-Egyptian racism in the Gulf, and the transformative experience of re-connecting with Egypt during his mandatory military service.

Stephanie Alexander_oral history_audio.m4a

Interview with Steph Alexander. Steph Alexander, 21, is a first generation immigrant, who was born in Alexandria and migrated to Canada with her family at 8 years old. In this interview she speaks about home, Canada and why they chose Toronto specifically, how family and the Coptic church played a huge role in settling and assimilate into Canadian culture. Interviewer is Karen Abdelsaid.

Ibrahim Soliman_oral history_video.m4v

Ibrahim Soliman, 71 years old, was born in Cairo in a Coptic family. He served in the Egyptian army. In 1994, concerned with the rise of violence against Christians, he moved to the U.S. There, he met his wife, a Brazilian woman, and moved to her country. Soliman found work as a priest at the local Antiochian Church, where he also learned how to paint religious icons.

Monica Shafik_oral history_video.mp4

Interview with Monica Shaik, 23 year old. This interview was with a first-generation immigrant, who was born in Sudan, lived in Egypt briefly, and moved to Canada at the age of three. In this interview, she spoke about why her family came chose to Canada, Coptic persecution in Egypt, and the importance of community when moving to a new country. Interviewer is Karen Abdelsaid.

Ahmed Ghaly_oral history_video.mp4

Interview with Ahmed Ghaly, 23, was born in Cairo and immigrated to Mississauga, Canada in 2008 because his parents wanted a better lifestyle and education. Ahmed shares memories of school, friends, and sports before and after migration. Even though he lives in Canada, all his peers are Egyptian or Arab and he still listens to Arabic music. He remains closely connected to his homeland and frequently visits Egypt. He wishes to move back one day. Interviewer is Sarah Al Naqeeb.

Egypt’s Migrants in Brazil

File consists of oral histories that explore explored the motivations, journey, challenges, and settlement of Armenian, Italian, Jewish, Muslim, and Coptic individuals in Brazil. Interviewees are first-generation immigrants from urban centers across Egypt who migrated in the second half of the 20th century. Interviews conducted by Diogo Bercito, a doctoral student at Georgetown University who joined Egypt Migrations as a summer intern in June 2021. Records include audio and video oral histories, transcripts, and consent forms. Records include audio and video oral histories, transcripts, consent forms, and photographs.

Ilana Radetich_oral history_video.mp4

Ilana Radetich, 71 years old, was born in Alexandria in a family of Italian and Yugoslavians origins. Her mother was Jewish, but Ilana was raised Catholic. She recalls the traumatic journey to Brazil in 1957, wearing all the clothes and jewelry she could. “Like a Christmas tree,” her grandmother had instructed her. With time, Ilana says, Brazil became her new homeland.

Anonymous 1_oral history_video.mp4

Anonymous, 30 years old, was born in Banha in a Muslim family. He worked as a poet and a journalist in Cairo. He left Egypt in 2014 after his disillusionment with the outcomes of the 2011 protests. In Brazil, he created a company to export coffee and black pepper. Covid, however, has hit him hard. Even with his current financial challenges, he says that Brazil is his true home.

Tareq Mesbah_oral history_video.mp4

Tareq Mesbah, 28 years old, was born in Mansura in a Muslim family. His parents worked as government employees and owned a farm. Mesbah decided to move to Brazil in 2017 in search of opportunities. Mesbah says he was also looking for a less conservative country. From the restaurant that he opened in São Paulo, he talks about his passion for Pharaonic history.

Oral histories

Series consists of oral histories conducted by Egypt Migrations. These interviews explore the experiences of first- and second-generation immigrants from Egypt. Records include video and audio oral histories, transcripts, photographs, and consent forms.

Anonymous 1_consent form.pdf

Interview with Jacky Bekhit. This interviewee is a 28 year old first generation immigrant, who was born in Egypt, raised in Kuwait, and moved to Canada at the age of 15 in 2008. In this interview, she speaks about her experience living in several countries and the importance of her parents’ prioritization of their children's education.

Hussein Fathall_oral history_audio.m4a

Interview with Hussein Fatahallah, 24 year old. This interview is with a first-generation immigrant, who was born in Alexandria, Egypt, grew up in Dubai, and moved to Canada right before the revolution in 2011. In this interview, he spoke about the complexities of assimilating to a new culture and familial experience with back home. Interviewer is Karen Abdelsaid.

Lobna Hassan_oral history_video.mp4

Interview with Lobna Hassan, 22, is a first-generation immigrant. She was born in Cairo and moved to Toronto, Canada with her sister in 2011. During Egypt’s Revolution, Lobna talked about how unstable and unsafe it felt, and how that drove her parents to decide she continue her education in Canada. When Lobna first arrived, she felt nostalgic. As time passed in Toronto, she has come to learn how to be grateful for the opportunity of being where she is now. Interviewer is Sarah Al Naqeeb.

Markus Michel Zechariah_oral history_video.mp4

Interview with Marcus Zacharia, 35, is a first-generation migrant who hails from South West Egypt. He left Egypt in 2011 for Washington, DC and then Canada 2014, where he was offered a professional opportunity. After facing some struggles at first, he now finds Canada a multicultural and diverse society (something that he finds lacking in Egypt). He currently works to help settle immigrants and newcomers and is invested in building bridges with other communities around Canada. Interviewer is Sarah Al Naqeeb.

Moha ElGendy_oral history_video.mp4

Moha Elgendy, 69 years old, was born in Cairo in a Muslim family. She migrated to Brazil in 1975 with her husband, an agronomist. At that time, there was a high demand for such professionals in Brazil. They lived in the state of Goiás, in the mid-west. Moha narrates her struggle to adapt to a new, less conservative culture—and also her feeling of belonging there.

Tareq Mesbah_oral history_video.mp4

Tareq Mesbah, 28 years old, was born in Mansura in a Muslim family. His parents worked as government employees and owned a farm. Mesbah decided to move to Brazil in 2017 in search of opportunities. Mesbah says he was also looking for a less conservative country. From the restaurant that he opened in São Paulo, he talks about his passion for Pharaonic history.

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