Center for Migration and Refugee Studies
SUDANESE REFUGEE PROTEST IN CAIRO: COMMUNITY DYNAMICS AND BROADER IMPLICATIONS
Over the course of a 92 day sit-in, Sudanese refugees demonstrating in a park in downtown Cairo formed a close-knit community. They preferred to remain outside in a public park indefinitely to other options available to them. Who these protestors were and the reasons for their prolonged stay were a matter of contention from the first days of their demonstration. This paper incorporates my research conducted during the demonstration in order to understand the factors that drew these refugees to protest for such an extended period of time. While consistently demanding that the UNHCR and international community give them ‘their rights’ and improve their situation, the sit-in itself temporarily assuaged many of the hardships they faced. The park was transformed into a relatively autonomous community of refugees who created their own sense of security and provided mutual support and solace for each other. The constant uncertainty and frustration associated with life as a refugee was eased as they were able to take back some control over their present lives. Their protest emphasizes the importance and necessity of such mechanisms and outlets for refugees to seek support and solace; a need that has yet to be addressed for refugees living in this sprawling metropolis.
(2006). SOLACE AND SECURITY AT THE CAIRO REFUGEE DEMONSTRATION. SUDANESE REFUGEE PROTEST IN CAIRO: COMMUNITY DYNAMICS AND BROADER IMPLICATIONS, 1–13.
"SOLACE AND SECURITY AT THE CAIRO REFUGEE DEMONSTRATION." SUDANESE REFUGEE PROTEST IN CAIRO: COMMUNITY DYNAMICS AND BROADER IMPLICATIONS, 2006, pp. 1–13.