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[Sherif Gaber Help Me Escape Egypt]
[Sherif Gaber:] Source: LYBIO.net
As most of you know, in 2018 I’ve been charged with multiple blasphemy charges by many people. These charges forced me to try and leave Egypt to Malaysia in May 2018. But unfortunately, as also many of you know might know. I’ve been arrested at the airport by the Egyptian National Security. Spent a few days in jail, and got out. Without knowing why they stopped me, why they imprisoned me. And why, in the end, they let me go. That is what most of you know. But what nobody knows is what happened after. And even though I can’t say everything because many things shouldn’t be said in Egypt, but I’ll say what I can say.
7th May, 2018
After I got out of jail in May 2018, I thought of leaving Egypt again in the same week but what I experienced in those few days made me fear even going near the airport and that’s what happened. Since I got out, I was moving from one place to another from a hotel to another, and from one location to another. There was no place to go. And I couldn’t feel safe anywhere. Because I know that many people would love to harm me. I couldn’t think what to do. How would I be able to live here anymore and anywhere I go I’ve to always look behind and hide my face. How would I stay anywhere while expecting the knocking of the National Security on my door? I didn’t know what to do. Especially when the option of “trying to escape Egypt again”. Doesn’t exist, because I didn’t want to experience jail again. I tried to adapt with my situation.
17th July, 2018
I made a video talking briefly about what happened, and I started to work on the next video. And even though I was going through severe depression. But I had to keep myself busy. To let go of the idea that I’m living here by force. Until a few days after I uploaded that second video. I received a message from someone saying that he knows where I live and even though a big part of me knew that he’s probably a liar. But a small part believed him. I couldn’t accept the idea of living anymore in fear and worry and I couldn’t go through the process of finding a safe place again for someone to find it in the end. That’s why I said I’ll try to leave Egypt again, but this time I’ll calculate it, and take all of my precautions.
22nd Aug, 2018
The first thing I thought about was the charges that were laid against me. If I wanted to leave from the airport, there has to be no charges. And my criminal record has to be clean so that no one can stop me. And I had 1 year of hard labor prison sentence because of the “contempt of religion and defending LGBT rights” felony in 2013. That I was expelled because of it from the university and without going in the details so that I won’t be in anymore danger. I had some money.. and somehow I found my criminal record to be clean. And that “1 year sentence” removed. But that, of course, was temporarily until I manage to leave. I went and got a “Criminal records certificate” to make sure that the sentence is removed. And that my criminal record is clean. And then I started to think of which country I should go to. Of course I can’t go to any country that requires a visa because it’ll take much time and at the end it can also be rejected. So I knew I had no choice but the countries that don’t require one. I thought of Lebanon, and I decided to go there, it’s a tourism country and anyone can go there. The plan was that when I go there I’ll spend something like 1 week. Then go to another country, that doesn’t require a visa, also for 1 week. Then go to a third country that also doesn’t require a visa. For another week, and from there I’ll apply for a visa in any European country. The idea was that when I go to many countries like this and at the end go to an European embassy to apply for a visa and they see my passport. They’ll find that I traveled to many countries before. That I must be just a tourist and I’m not going there to work or something. So they’ll approve my visa and from there I can ask for a political asylum. The plan would’ve worked.
27th Aug, 2018
But the first step was to leave Egypt. I tried to take account of everything. First, I had to book a round flight to Lebanon and I had to book a hotel for a week. It had to be a good hotel and the booking must be paid and confirmed. To let the airport officers think that I have money and I’m not going there to work. So, I prepared everything, booked the hotel and the flights. And prepared myself to leave in a few days. To find out that travelling to Lebanon needs what’s called a “Security clearance before traveling”. Meaning that Egypt fears it’s people might go from there and join terrorist groups. So the NS have to check on them before leaving to Lebanon. I couldn’t get that Security clearance. Because the National Security already has a file of me. I had to cancel Lebanon and I had to consider what I’ve spent. A collateral damages for the freedom I’ll taste at the end then I said I’ll go to Dubai instead of Lebanon. A tourism country and no suspicions about it. So… I booked a round flight and a hotel for a week and It was paid and confirmed but Dubai requires an electronic visa. It’s an easy one that anyone can get and almost nobody gets rejected. I applied for an e-Visa and waited a few days. To find out that my visa was rejected. I don’t know why it was rejected. did they search my name so they knew who I was and then they rejected it. Or there’re other reasons that I don’t know but what I’m sure of is that there was no reason to reject it, but I didn’t give up and I considered all of this effort and attempts the price of the freedom. That I’ll reach at the end and then I said I’ll go to the Maldives. A country that doesn’t require a visa or a clearance or anything. So.. I booked a flight.. and a hotel for week and I said I’ll go through the Alexandria airport instead of the Cairo airport because it’s a small one, and the security can be smaller there and so as that. A few days left before the flight and I waited and prepared all of the papers and everything, so I can be ready to leave. I took the “Criminal records certificate”. So if any officer stopped me, I can show it to him and prove my criminal record is clean. And legally you can’t stop me from leaving.
5th Oct, 2018
The day came. And the flight was at 1 a.m. and no matter how I tried to describe what I was feeling when I was at the airport. I won’t be able to, I stood at the line of the exit stamp until it was my turn and the 5 secs the officer took while looking at my face before stamping my passport, they felt like 5 hours and he did.. stamp my passport! At that moment I felt free. All this effort, fear, mental exhaustion and attempts to leave this place. Is finally over, the only thing that was between me and complete freedom was only getting into that plane and leave until I heard them calling my name. Sherif Gaber. Sherif Gaber. While I was frozen in my place, watching officers running towards me and then took me to the National Security office at the airport, then took my Passport, and my phone and I waited for 3 hours, 3 hours of staring at the floor. Waiting for them to come handcuff me and put me in jail for the third time and at the end they told me I won’t travel and they didn’t want to give me my passport. Or even let me know why they took it. I got out of that airport after 3 am, while blaming myself for every moment I spent in this country, I blamed myself for every second. I got the chance to leave this place before but chosen not to I blamed myself so hard for chosen this country over my freedom. And my sense of security, I didn’t know what to say. How would I be able to speak again when every word I say will put me behind bars? I felt imprisoned. In a very big prison. I kept wondering about the difference between me and Galileo when they sentenced him to life because the church said he’s an infidel. After I got out of that airport I was severely depressed I didn’t know neither how I’ll be able to live here again nor how I’ll be able to leave when I don’t have my passport and I’m banned from leaving. I wrote on Twitter that I’m banned from leaving Egypt and didn’t say any details. Not only because I knew I’ll be imprisoned for more years, under the charges of “Intentionally defaming Egypt”. Like what happens to anyone who tries to express what he feels about this country but also because I didn’t believe anything could help me now.
9th Oct, 2018
[Sherif Gaber:] Source: LYBIO.net
After I got out of that airport I stayed in a hotel, I couldn’t eat, think or know what I’m supposed to do now. Until one day I found a private number calling me. Saying that he’s a National Security officer and they want me at the National Security headquarter at midnight, I said sure I’ll come. After I hung up the phone, I removed my SIM card and destroyed it, I knew that such decision was very dangerous and will harm my situation more but I really had no choice. I didn’t know why I’ll go and I didn’t know what they wanted from me. And from what I’ve seen and experienced, I’d be so fool. If I went to the National Security by my will. In the past few months, there wasn’t a single day in which I didn’t think of a way to leave Egypt. I tried everything, I tried everything legal and illegal you can think of. Nothing will work. I’m trapped in here. Just waiting to be either arrested and imprisoned or something worse happens. I now have nothing to lose but my life. That’s why I’m trying to do anything to save it. Yes, I’m banned from leaving Egypt and my passport has been taken away. And I’ve many blasphemy charges against me with a prison sentence to do. But after searching a lot, I found a way out of Egypt. And legally. Even if there’re charges against me. And that’s by giving up my “Egyptian Citizenship”. If I managed to give up my Egyptian Citizenship. I’ll be able to leave the airport without anyone stopping me. And it has been done before by many people. Who had charges against them and even a life time sentences. The problem here is that I don’t have another citizenship. To be able to give up my main Egyptian citizenship and leave. And the only way I could get another citizenship is to buy it and even though many countries require a lot of money. And requires the person to stay in their country for a period of time to able to get the passport but some countries don’t require that, and anyone can get the citizenship and the passport while he’s in their home country. Without going to the other country. Like Dominic and this is the cheapest and easiest country I can get it’s citizenship & passport while I’m here but unfortunately it’s also expensive, it requires to pay 100,000$ for anyone to get it’s citizenship but if I managed to pay that.. I’ll finally be able to leave. I don’t have that much money. And I won’t be able to collect it alone. That’s why I’m asking for your help. And I understand very well. How much this video can harm me. Not only because I said things that shouldn’t have been said while I’m in Egypt. But also because I know that there’re many people who dedicate their lives to try and prove me wrong and bad so that others stop listening to me, but I’m willing to risk that because I know that if I was arrested and imprisoned today. There will not be a single second that goes by in prison. In which I won’t stop blaming myself of not trying until my last breath to be free. I didn’t want to be put in this position. I didn’t want to ask anybody for help. But I had to do what I’m doing now. All I really wanted is to live in a respectable country that respects me as a human being and respects my human rights. In a country that’s safe and be willing to protect me in country I can live peacefully in it, and not being forced to be locked in a house for months and be afraid of going out, I wanted to do a “GoFundMe” page. But I won’t be able to withdrew anything while I’m in Egypt. Any bank that will see money coming from abroad will ask about the source and I’ll be in trouble that’s why I did it on my Patreon page because I can withdraw from it and I know that the possibility of reaching that target is extremely small, but I’m forced to try and save my life until my last breath Whatever happens after this video know that I don’t regret making it because, even if it’ll make my situation worse but it also can be the reason I will be free. What I’m going through is really bad and I won’t be able to pass it alone. Because I’m being hit from all directions, and without your help, I’ll stay here, until I either get arrested or something much worse can happen. I need the support from everyone of you and if there’re foreign diplomats watching this video. And can provide me with a citizenship, then I really need it and as soon as possible.
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