When Revolutions Collide

Sep 10 2013 @ 8:31am

Jenna Krajeski chronicles the plight of Syrian refugees who took shelter in Egypt, only to end up as targets of the military junta after the coup:

In June, Morsi delivered a speech in favor of the Syrian opposition. Standing dramatically in front of a large Syrian flag, he vowed to cut diplomatic ties with Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The gesture, meant to garner Egyptian support for the Syrian opposition—and for the embattled Morsi—backfired. Syrians were now seen as aligned with the Brotherhood. And when Morsi fell and the Brotherhood was declared terrorists, Syrians became terrorists, too—enemies of the state to which they had fled. … I was told of Egyptian security forces swarming 6th of October and arresting Syrians inside their homes. According to Edward Leposky of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, out of a hundred and forty-three arrested, fifty-eight have been deported, thirty-two released, and fifty-three remain in detention. Worst of all, the camaraderie Egyptians had shown toward Syrians—a solidarity cemented by the shared goals of the Arab Spring—seemed to have vanished overnight.