Interview 1

A refugee is a person "owing a well founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result f such events, is unable, or owing such fear, is unwilling to return to it" (Article 1(b) of the 1951 Refugee Convention). The refugee population is Egypt is quite large, hence there are a lot of schools, institutions, and NGOs in Cairo which exist to help them.

Most of the refugees in Egypt are not declared as such by the UNHCR, said a school Sudanese Refugee School Supervisor. The International Student Leadership Conference at the American University in Cairo became well aware of the refugee situation in Egypt this past year. The Human Development Committee Head, Dina Mady, learnt form the internet that there is a Sudanese Refugee School at the end of Nasr City of which is in need of help. The supervisors were calling for volunteers to paint their school. As part of ISLC's community service program called ISLC Cares, Mady was more than delighted to hear about that. She gathered her members and head to buy all the paint and brushes they needed. Through digital rhetoric, Mady and her members used facebook, ISLC's official website, and BlackBerry Messenger to publicize for their event! IT WAS A SUCCESS! Mady reports "painting the refugee school was one of the very successful ISLC Cares events throughout the years because it was publicized for very strongly, hence a lot of people showed up and our work was efficient". Before, ISLC Cares organizers used to make their announcements during meetings, and remind the people through text messages, but as soon as they began to integrate more digital means of communications and promotions, their events have become way more successful than before.

So, not only was the event very successful because of the use of digital rhetoric, but ISLC Cares organizers found out about the school, in the first place, through the internet' a major medium of digital rhetoric. And "that’s how important digital communication is", said Mohab Gamal, an ISLC Cares organizer!

Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees; 1951.

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