Egypt praises naming of Dresden park after 2009 Egyptian victim of hate crime

Ahram Online , Tuesday 15 Mar 2022

Egypt’s Minister of Emigration and Expatriates' Affairs Nabila Makram welcomed the decision by the German city of Dresden on Monday to name a park after the late Marwa El-Sherbini, who was stabbed to death in a racist attack in 2009.

Marwa El-Sherbini
Marwa El-Sherbini

Marwa was a German resident who was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1977.

She graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy at Alexandia University in 2000 before moving to Germany in 2005.

Marwa worked at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus in Dresden and was studying to be accredited to practice pharmacy in Gernmany.

In July 2009, Marwa, who wore a the Islamic headscarf, was stabbed multiple times in a court by a German man whom she was giving evidence against in a criminal case of verbal abuse and racist insults for her wearing the Islamic headscarf in August 2008.

She was was three months pregnant with her second child at the time of her murder.

The perpetrator also stabbed and injured Marwa's husband.

He was convicted for attempted murder and murder, and sentenced to life imprisonment in the case that sparked public outrage in Egypt.

The naming of the park came as part of the International Week Against Racism which was organised by Dresden to fight racism and xenophobia. 

Makram expressed her appreciation for the events launched by Dresden to assert tolerance and acceptance without any discrimination.

In an official statement issued by the ministry, Makram said that tolerance and love are the only way for security and safety to prevail everywhere, adding that Egyptians abroad integrate into their societies and add many positive experiences.

An Islamic centre had been previously established and named after Marwa and an award carrying her name was implemented to spread tolerance.

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