Rania is a true survivor. Growing up in Egypt, she faced sexual assaults in the streets and ceaseless violence with nowhere to turn for help, not even her own family. As a queer woman who doesn’t conform to typical ‘feminine’ norms, she was a target of 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 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 was a queer woman.
With the help of Rainbow Railroad, Rania escaped to France. Her and her young son now live a life free of persecution. For them, even everyday pleasures seem extraordinary.