Source: Middle East Monitor
By Amelia Smith & Laila Ahmet
In December 2020 Ghada Najibe woke up to a phone call – “the Egyptian government has announced they are stripping you of your nationality”, Ghada’s friend told her down the line. That morning Egypt’s Official Gazette had published a government decision, signed by the Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly, which stated that Ghada was originally Syrian and had a Syrian passport.
Ghada was distraught. Although her father is Syrian, she has never held any other nationality than Egyptian. The government has not presented any documents or paperwork to support their accusation, she told MEMO. Even Amnesty International has investigated this claim both in Egypt and Syria and concluded that Ghada was telling the truth.