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Inside Look: Syrian Refugees Imprison...
Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
24 Mar 2015

March 22, 2015
Alexandria, Egypt

A group of Syrian refugees who attempted to smuggle themselves illegally by what they call the "boats of death" from Turkey to Italy have been detained by Egyptian police and sent to Karmouz prison in Alexandria. The refugees who fled from the civil war in Syria, set off from the Turkish port town of Mersin on September 23, 2014. The boat's engine stopped in Egyptian waters leaving them adrift. They spent 7 days floating in the sea with little food or water before they were picked up by the Egyptian coast guard on September 30, 2014, and brought back to Alexandria.

These photos and videos were taken in the Alexandrian prison on March 22, 2015. They show how the refugees are living their daily lives inside the prison where the prison warden has allowed them to have laptops and mobile phones. According to the refugees who declined to give their names, there are 74 Syrians and Syrian-Palestinians who are being detained in this prison, including 15 children and 8 women. They were all victims of human trafficking. 

In the videos two men describe the ordeal of the refugees and their desperation. One of the men asked that his face be obscured.

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Syrian Refugee Imprisoned in Egypt
Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
22 Mar 2015

A group of Syrian refugees who attempted to smuggle themselves illegally by what they call the "boats of death" from Turkey to Italy have been detained by Egyptian police and sent to Karmouz prison in Alexandria. The refugees who fled from the civil war in Syria, set off from the Turkish port town of Mersin on September 23, 2014. The boat's engine stopped in Egyptian waters leaving them adrift. They spent 7 days floating in the sea with little food or water before they were picked up by the Egyptian coast guard on September 30, 2014, and brought back to Alexandria.

These photos and videos were taken in the Alexandrian prison on March 22, 2015. They show how the refugees are living their daily lives inside the prison where the prison warden has allowed them to have laptops and mobile phones. According to the refugees who declined to give their names, there are 74 Syrians and Syrian-Palestinians who are being detained in this prison, including 15 children and 8 women. They were all victims of human trafficking.

In the videos two men describe the ordeal of the refugees and their desperation. One of the men asked that his face be obscured.

Transcription:

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man)
1min 35 sec
“We left Syria around a year ago. After several attempts, we after traveling reached Egypt in the sea for seven days. We almost died in the middle of the sea because the boat broke down. We suffered a lot. We lost drinking water, luggage and food. A baby who was with us on the boat died. The Egyptian navy arrested us on September 30, 2014. Until this day, we have been detained in Karmouz prison. We were transferred to different prisoners. There is not any country that will receive us because we do not have documents. The only country that would receive us is Syria. However, we cannot return to Syria. All human rights organizations have talked with us, but they have given us false promises. We do not have any hope. I also have a personal suffering. I lost my wife, son and brother in another journey, during which the boat drowned. My psychological situation is very bad. We are suffering a lot.
We hope that you… we urge all the officials in Egypt or any other country as well as the [United Nations] to help us to travel to Europe, which was our initial destination.”

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Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
22 Mar 2015

A Syrian refugee washes his plate in his cell in the Karmouz prison, Alexandria

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Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
22 Mar 2015

A Syrian refugee washes his plate in the Karmouz prison, Alexandria.

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Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
22 Mar 2015

A Syrian refugee hangs out his washing in his cell in the Karmouz prison.

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Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
22 Mar 2015

A Syrian refugee prepares a meal inside the Karmouz prison.

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Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
22 Mar 2015

One Syrian refugee stands on another's shoulders to fix the light in their cell.

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Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
22 Mar 2015

A Syrian child sleeps in a cell inside the Karmouz prison.

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Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
22 Mar 2015

A Syrian refugee prepares a meal inside his cell in the Karmouz prison.

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Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
22 Mar 2015

The communal cell of the detained Syrian refugees. The prison warden has allowed them access to mobile phones and laptops.

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Syrian Refugee Imprisoned in Egypt
Alexandria, Egypt
By hoda zakaria
22 Mar 2015

A group of Syrian refugees who attempted to smuggle themselves illegally by what they call the "boats of death" from Turkey to Italy have been detained by Egyptian police and sent to Karmouz prison in Alexandria. The refugees who fled from the civil war in Syria, set off from the Turkish port town of Mersin on September 23, 2014. The boat's engine stopped in Egyptian waters leaving them adrift. They spent 7 days floating in the sea with little food or water before they were picked up by the Egyptian coast guard on September 30, 2014, and brought back to Alexandria.

These photos and videos were taken in the Alexandrian prison on March 22, 2015. They show how the refugees are living their daily lives inside the prison where the prison warden has allowed them to have laptops and mobile phones. According to the refugees who declined to give their names, there are 74 Syrians and Syrian-Palestinians who are being detained in this prison, including 15 children and 8 women. They were all victims of human trafficking.

In the videos two men describe the ordeal of the refugees and their desperation. One of the men asked that his face be obscured.

Transcription:

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Unnamed Syrian held in Karmouz Turkish prison
55 sec.
“Peace be upon you. Our story started when we left Syria. We fled war and destruction, in search of decent life. We headed to the Turkish city of Mersin, where we stayed for a few months waiting to travel to the Italian shores. We sailed in the Mediterranean in the so-called ‘boats of death.’ After 10 days, we were forced under the threat of arms to disembark in an Egyptian island near Alexandria called Nelson Island. We have been detained in Karmouz prison for nearly five months. Our problem cannot be solved. As we suffer from this catastrophe, we do not find any hope. We urge all international organizations and the [United Nations] human rights commission to find a solution for us and get us out of this deadlock.”

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Egypt , Alexandria , police station
By Ahmed Medhat
17 Mar 2015

A young Syrian girl sleeps on the ground inside the police station in Karmooz, Alexandria.

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Egypt , Alexandria
By Ahmed Medhat
17 Mar 2015

Detained Syrian women. A group of Syrian refugees have been detained in police stations in Egypt after they tried to reach Europe illegally by boat. Four years after the start of Syria’s civil war, Syrian people are still fleeing to neighboring countries looking for a safer and better life for their children.

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Egypt , Alexandria , police station
By Ahmed Medhat
16 Mar 2015

Food of the detained Syrian refugees. A group of Syrian refugees have been detained in police stations in Egypt after they tried to reach Europe illegally by boat. Four years after the start of Syria’s civil war, Syrian people are still fleeing to neighboring countries looking for a safer and better life for their children.

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Alexandria Tram Firebombed
Alexandria
By stringersnewsagency LLC.
03 Feb 2015

February 3, 2015
Alexandria, Egypt

Muslim Brotherhood protestors set fire to a tram in Alexandria on Tuesday. The passengers fled as protestors stormed the tram and set it on fire with molotov cocktails. The attack comes one day after the sentencing of 188 Muslim Brotherhood members to death, for the killing of a policeman in 2013.

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Urban Sketchers: Alexandria’s Archite...
Alexandria
By Sergi Cabeza
31 Oct 2014

October 31, 2014
Alexandria, Egypt

The ‘Description of Alexandria’ is a cultural and artistic project carried out by a team of volunteer sketchers and documenters that seeks to record the remains of cosmopolitan Alexandria and its architectural heritage.

Artist and architect, Mohamad Gohar, founded the project more than 4 years ago with the aim of raising awareness about the threat posed to Alexandria’s cityscape by urban developers, as well as documenting the current and former architectural face of the city.

The appearance of this legendary city is rapidly changing and many of the older buildings are being demolished and replaced with sterile modern structures. Since the revolution of 2011, more than 27,000 new buildings were erected, most of them illegally. Much of the data about the city’s buildings is fragmented and outdated.

The sketchers cover as much as possible and include four main types of drawings: Facades, perspectives, details, and the memory of the place. They have compiled a book split into five volumes according to area. The book describes the architectural descriptions of the buildings as well as discussing their historical context.

The video shows the sketchers drawing a Venetian building on Alexandria’s corniche as well as an exhibition of Mohamad Gohar’s work in an art gallery.

Shot List:

0'' Villa Aghyon, destroyed in February, was the first to be build with concrete.
6'' Villa to be demolished
9'' closer look
12'' Villa where Lawrence Durrell wrote the Alexandria Quartet famous books
17'' Same Villa, different perspective
22'' A villa in bad conditions with a new building behind.
27'' Buildings under construction, the new face of Alexandria
31'' More buildings under construction
37'' Same
57'' Alexandria's downtown corniche
1'04'' A group of urban sketchers drawing on a friday morning by Alexandria's corniche
1'10'' A closer look
1'15'' Mohamed Gohar, the founder of the project 'Description of Alexandria"
1'20'' Gohar sitting and drawing
1'25'' Zoom on his hands
1'30'' The sketch
1'35'' The 'Venice' building, the one that the sketchers are drawing on this Friday morning
1'40'' Another perspective of the artists.
1'46'' Mohamed Gohar: "Alexandria is facing a great problem of loosing its buildings. This buildings contain history and since we don't have any updated data and information about buildings and urban plans in Alexandria, I believe that the Description of Alexandria will play a great role in recording this data for our next generation. In the Description of Alexandria we not only draw buildings, we also describe every element of this building and the surrounding of this building and also we describe how people live by this building and on this area.
2'38'' Gohar shows the finished version of his sketch
2'42'' He drew only a detail of the building.
2'47'' Gohar: "It's a life project, we can't finish. I wish I can draw all Alexandria and record it for history, but it's a very, very big project and need more time, more lives."
2'57'' A member of the group. Work in progress
3'03'' She draws vignettes of life around the buildings.
3'09'' A family having coffee.
3'13'' Sylvie Bargain, a French urban sketcher joined the group while visiting Alexandria
3'19'' Sylvie's drawing
3'23'' Sylvie goes colorful
3'30'' Almost finished
3'34'' Final sketch. She would later finish coloring.
3'39'' Sylvie Bargain: "It really is a touching project to preserve the heritage of the city like this. It is what pushed me to come from France and spend a week here discovering Alexandria thanks to this project by Mohamed Gohar"
3'53'' The whole group has just finished drawing.
3'58'' Mohamed Gohar minutes before the opening of the exhibition featuring his sketches.
4'04'' One of the sketches exhibited
4'09'' Another one, the already demolished Villa Roushdy.
4'14'' Exhibition opening
4'19'' Visitors observing a sketch
4'25'' Attendance was high
4'29'' More visitors.
4'36'' A woman looks two of the sketches
4'41'' A couple.
4'46'' Mohamed Gohar chats with one of the visitors
4'54'' Looking carefully
4'59'' More visitors
5'04'' A visitor wanted a picture with the artist
5'08'' Dominique Waag, French Consul in Alexandria speaking to the public
5'14'' Dominique Waag, Consul of France in Alexandria: "As you know the problem of heritage is something crucial for Alexandria because Alexandria is a city that has a 20th century heritage absolutely exceptional but that unfortunately has not been preserved in the right way until now and that i think we could say it's really in danger (threatened) today since a large number of buildings have already been destroyed and the ones who are still standing are for a great part damaged and many of the ones damaged have already been destroyed"
5'43'' Dominique Waag: "I think that this exhibition will help raise the awareness of the civil society in Alexandria, of the people of Alexandria, on the importance of this heritage and of the importance of this heritage for the future of the city"
5'55'' Description of Alexandria's draft version, First volume.

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Pollution and High Costs Harms Alexan...
Al Max, Al Wardiyan Sharq, Qism Mina El-Basal, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt
By Mohamed AbouElenen
16 Oct 2014

October 16, 2014
Alexandria, Egypt

Magdi Issa, Chairman of the Association of Fishermen in Alexandria, raises the issue of water pollution in the Max Canal, west of Alexandria, the second largest city in Egypt. He states that oil companies surrounding the canal dump toxic waste into the water which the fisherman rely on to earn a living. The area around the Max Canal in Alexandria has the highest concentration of oil companies In Egypt and produces 60% of the nation's petroleum. The lives of the fishermen are becoming increasingly difficult due to the rising price of fuel which they need to power their fishing vessels.

Shot list
1- Long shot of Max canal, west of Alexandria.
2- Medium shot for a car holding Fish were caught.
3- Medium shot of fishermen holding fresh fishes.
4- Close shot of fishermen holding fresh fishes.
5- Medium shot of cars holding fishes.
6- Close shot of fisherman holding fresh fishes.
7- Medium shot of Magdi Issa auctioning the fish for the highest price.
8- Medium shot of the auction.
9- Close shot of fisherman holding some fish.
10- Long shot of Magdi Issa rearranges his fishing nets.
11- Medium shot of Magdi Issa rearranges his fishing nets.
12- Sound bite: Interview with Magdi Issa
13- Medium shot of Magdi Issa rearranges his fishing nets.
14- Medium shot of Fishermen houses in the water.
15- Sound bite: Interview with Magdi Issa (man, Arabic)
16- Medium shot of fishermen boats .
17- Sound bite: Interview with Magdi Issa (man, Arabic)
18- Medium shot of fishermen boats and they rearrange their fishing nets.
19- Close shot of fishermen rearrange their fishing nets.
20- Sound bite: Interview with Magdi Issa (man, Arabic)
21- Long shot of Max canal west of Alexandria.

Interviewees:

Magdi Issa, Chairman of the Association of Fishermen in Alexandria, (man, Arabic)

Transcription:

“Here in Max we have no less than 600 boats and every boat is used by no less than three to four fishermen. In addition to these boats we have "Cnchola boats” which are large and hold over 20 fishermen. Every one of them have their own families and some of the young people wanted to get married but don't have a steady job. All of the surrounding petroleum companies employ laborers from other provinces, although we are the ones who are in danger and suffering most from the pollution."

”Poisonous liquids which come from the companies nearby have caused the fish to die and there are fish species that have disappeared completely, such as tilapia and mullet. It used to be the best place for fishing in Egypt, many fishermen from other ports in neighboring provinces used to come here. Now the fish have disappeared due to toxins in the industrial waste thrown into the canal by the Alexandria Company for Petroleum and other oil companies. They are all throwing their toxins in the canal. Why don't they [officials] build a special canal for the toxins and left overs?"

“The price of fishing equipment is too high, fuel prices also went up, as well as the tax rates, so the fisherman live a hard life”.

“Toxins from companies which are dumped in the canal and then flow out to the sea. Fishermen are suffer in a critical situation and previous governments did not give enough attention to the development of fisheries.”

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Egypt Election Voxpops: Who Will Peop...
By Rabie Fahmi
16 May 2014

May 16, 2014
Alexandria, Egypt

Voxpops: People in Alexandria discuss who they will vote for in the upcoming Egyptian presidential election, and why.

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Egypt Election Voxpops: What Do Peopl...
By Rabie Fahmi
16 May 2014

May 16, 2014
Alexandria, Egypt

Voxpops in Alexandria streets, on the expectations from the new president who will be elected on 26 and 27 May 2014.

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Egypt , Alexandrea , police station
By Ahmed Medhat
21 Sep 2013

A group of Syrian refugees have been detained in police stations in Egypt after they tried to reach Europe illegally by boat. Four years after the start of Syria’s civil war, Syrian people are still fleeing to neighboring countries looking for a safer and better life for their children.

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Egypt , Alexandria , police station
By Ahmed Medhat
18 Sep 2013

Syrians women talking. A group of Syrian refugees have been detained in police stations in Egypt after they tried to reach Europe illegally by boat. Four years after the start of Syria’s civil war, Syrian people are still fleeing to neighboring countries looking for a safer and better life for their children.

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Syrian Refugees Held at Alexandria Po...
Egypt , Alexandria
By Ahmed Medhat
17 Sep 2013

A group of Syrian refugees have been detained in police stations in Egypt after they tried to reach Europe illegally by boat. Four years after the start of Syria’s civil war, Syrian people are still fleeing to neighboring countries looking for a safer and better life for their children.

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Syrian refugees detained in Egypt 3
Egypt , Alexandria , police station
By Ahmed Medhat
17 Sep 2013

Refugee women and their children inside the prison in Alexandria. A group of Syrian refugees have been detained in police stations in Egypt after they tried to reach Europe illegally by boat. Four years after the start of Syria’s civil war, Syrian people are still fleeing to neighboring countries looking for a safer and better life for their children.

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Syrian refugees detained in Egypt 5
Egypt , Alexandria, police station
By Ahmed Medhat
16 Sep 2013

A group of Syrian refugees have been detained in police stations in Egypt after they tried to reach Europe illegally by boat. Four years after the start of Syria’s civil war, Syrian people are still fleeing to neighboring countries looking for a safer and better life for their children.

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Egypt: Violence in Alexandria after M...
Alexandria
By Mohamed AbouElenen
04 Jul 2013

Violence broke out between protestors and pro-Morsi Muslim Brotherhood activists in Alexandria on July 5,2013 after Morsi was removed from power by the armed forces. 12 were killed and hundreds were injured in the violence that also led to hundreds of arrests.

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Egyptian Pope Shenouda III Buried at ...
Wadi Al-Nitron, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
20 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 20, 2012

Pope Shenouda III, late head of Egypt's Orthodox Church, has been taken on Tuesday, March 20, to St. Bishoy Monastery at Wady al-Natron on Cairo-Alexandria desert road for burial.

His tomb was prepared and a massive number of Copts and priests were waiting for the arrival of his body to be buried at the monastery according to his will.

Thousands of Christians endured to make a trip to the monastery at the desert to bid the last farewell to the late pope.

They raised his posters and chanted statements like "Do not say the pope has died! He has just been taken to Heaven!" and words in Coptic language meaning "O God! Have mercy on him!"

Crowds of Copts tried to break into the monastery yard and some skirmishes rose up but the situation was contained by the massive numbers of army soldiers of Military Police who spread everywhere to secure the burial.
When the coffin arrived in an ambulance, the security men, as well as Copts and priests hurried to carry it to place the pope's body in the grave, amid sighs and tears of the attendees.

Egyptian Christians make up approximately 10% of the country’s 84.5-million population.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 20, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 20, 2012
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Video Size: 173 MB
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SHOTLIST:
1- Medium shot, a sign on the road with an arrow pointing to the way to St. Bishoy Monastery
2- Various external shots of St. Bishoy Monastery
3- Various shots inside the grave prepared for the late pope
4- Pan left, Coptic drawings on the dome-like ceiling of the grave
5- Zoom out, an old black-and-white portrait of Pope Shenouda at the entrance of the monastery grave
6- Various overview shots of crowds of Copts at the monastery
7- Various shots of skirmishes contained by the military police
8- Various shots of Copts raising posters of the late pope, chanting prayers for him
9- Various shots of the ambulance carrying the pope's coffin surrounded by a large number of army soldiers, Copts and priests
10- Various shots of the coffin taken to the tomb
11- Various shots of women and men shedding tears while the pope is being buried
12- Wide shot of crowds outside the the grave where the pope was buried

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Father Mourns Son Ahmed Abd-Ellatif A...
Cairo, Egypt
By Beirut Editor's Picks
10 Jan 2012

Cairo, January 10, 2012
Mubarak's trial, outside the court.

Ahmed Abd-Ellatif Ahmed was shot in Alexandria on January 28, 2011.

"I'm here for Mubarak and ex-interior minster El-adly, ..." "The trial is slow, very slow, the trial is supposed to be done in 9-10 months, and this is my fifth time attending the trial..." "I have hope, much hope in God, because I had fought for Egypt before, and I'm afraid for Egypt." "I do not want any money, I want justice for the killer."

"The one who killed my son is an investigation officer, Wa'eel El-Kommy, from the police department in El-Raml, Alexandria, on January 28, 2011." Alex Butcher - What are you going to do if Mubarak is found innocent by the court?
"Innocence? How it could be? I will execute him in the square ...we will get him...all Egyptian People condemned him." "I want all people to live, but we must have our rights, the martyrs' rights, our sons who were killed, my son is my only male son, with four females, I wished for him from God, and he was killed by dogs....I came to Cairo from Alexandria and I will continue, I will not stop. I stopped working, I will not move from here."

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Mother Mourns Son Killed Demonstrating
Cairo, Egypt
By Beirut Editor's Picks
10 Jan 2012

January 10, 2012 - Cairo

A mother whose son was shot and killed in Alexandria on January 25, 2011, shouts outside of Mubarak's trial, "Sons of bitches..sons of bitches, the government."

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Standing With His Photo
Cairo, Egypt
By Beirut Editor's Picks
10 Jan 2012

Cairo, January 10, 2012
Mubarak's trial, outside the court.
A martyr's mother, carrying his photo and explaining how he was shot in Alexandria 0n January 25, 2011.

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Victims Group Photo
Alexandria, Egypt
By randoshka2000
29 Oct 2011

Group photo for the victims of the explosion in Church of Saints - Alexandria