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Providing Rania and her child support to leave Egypt

Growing up in Egypt, she experienced sexual assaults in the streets and ceaseless violence with no one to turn to for help—not even her own family. As a queer woman who doesn’t conform to typical “feminine” norms, she was a target of the misogynistic and homophobic violence endemic in Egypt.


Providing Rania and her child support to leave Egypt Providing Rania and her child support to leave Egypt

Rania is a true survivor.

Growing up in Egypt, she experienced sexual assaults in the streets and ceaseless violence with no one to turn to for help—not even her own family. As a queer woman who doesn’t conform to typical “feminine” norms, she was a target of the misogynistic and homophobic violence endemic in Egypt.

There was a moment in Rania’s life before she escaped Egypt when she believed she would be killed just for being who she was. But her despair at this realization was accompanied by one of equal outrage and tenacity: she knew she did not deserve to die just because she is a queer woman.

With the help of Rainbow Railroad, Rania escaped to France. She and her young child now live a life free of persecution. For them, even everyday pleasures seem extraordinary.