The Five from the Four and a Half
A usual yellow and dusty day in Cairo. The continuous noise of horns, the wind blows up city garbage that litters the streets, and the prickly drifting sand mixed with burning and exhausts penetrates into the skin, eyes, ears, and nose. It is time to wear a niqab and wrap a turban scarf, which the Egyptians use to save from the local climate.
Urban districts of Tabba, Zahra, Arba Wa Nus, El Rehab, and Nasr City are the traditional refuge for students from the Caucasus, studying at Islamic universities. According to official data, there are about five thousand of them here. Whether the desire to become a spiritual figure or ambition to learn Arabic or craving for the primary sources of religion leads the Russians here, they all face similar problems. On the one hand, the visa regime in Egypt is quite strict, on the other hand, very “leaky”. It makes visitors easy prey for the police.
“We have an unspoken agreement: if we know that some of our fellow compatriots arrived to war, instead of studying, or want to join an armed group, we “deport” them at our own. We contact their parents and send them home,” Ibrahim, Iskhaq, and Jakub told me.
achr” organization supported the release of fellow compatriots in the first weeks after the arrest. They brought the situation to the attention of the press and contacted the families of the missing people with journalists. Moreover, they made requests for search in all conceivable instances.
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