Picture of Syrian Allan was a turning point for me: Saba Mubarak



Thu, 22 Jun 2017 - 11:14 GMT


Thu, 22 Jun 2017 - 11:14 GMT

Saba Mubarak at UNCHRE Refugee World Day Celebration

Saba Mubarak at UNCHRE Refugee World Day Celebration

CAIRO – 23 June 2017: United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees in Egypt (UNHCRE) celebrated the World Refugee Day on Monday.

It hosted a major film event at the Zamalek cinema under the title “Refugee Voices in Film” the program included an address by Goodwill Ambassador Adel Emam, director Amr Salama, actress Saba Mubarak, the screening of a number of films. UNHCRE reported on Instagram

Jordanian actress Saba Mubarak speech addressed refugees’ crisis in the world. She said that the picture of the Syrian child “Allan” found lying face-down on a beach near Turkish resort, was a turning point in her life that motivated her to work more and spotlight the refugees’ issues. Akhbar El Youm Reported.


Mubarak referred to her new movie “The Guest: Aleppo – Istanbul" starred and produced by her. The movie’s story is about an eight year old Syrian girl, Lena, who lost her family members in the Syrian war. The movie will be screened in Cannes Film Festival, she told Egypt Today.

“When we started working on the movie, we decided that we will not use actors, but the refugees themselves will be the heroes of their stories, and after we recorded 250 hours with refugees, we realized that no scenario will show their painful reality.” Mubarak said in her speech.


Mubarak Added that the crisis does not only relate to refugees, their homelands that were destroyed and the host countries but it also relates to the whole world, it is our responsibility to cooperate and guarantee their simplest rights as humans, Akhbar Al Youm reported.

World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20, to commemorate the strength, courage and perserverance of millions of refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee. UNCHR website reported.



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