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A chance encounter

Dear all, I am a non-member so will be grateful if you would take the time to read my post in the hope that I will be able to somehow find the information I am looking for.

In the summer of 2007 I was sitting in Trafalgar Square waiting for some friends to return from an open-top bus tour in central London and I got talking to an elderly gentleman who described how he had been separated from his parents (and ten siblings) in a riot in Cairo at the age of five. He told me he had to survive on the streets for a long time and, had it not been for the kindness shown to him by a Major in the British army it is unlikely he would have survived.

His family had fled Russia and were in Cairo to get papers/passports and then, I believe, it was their intention to move somewhere else.

Ten years on from my meeting with this very interesting man I have decided to a story based loosely on the information he gave me, but I would like to be as factual as possible wherever I can be. I went to my local library and have searched the internet for information on life in Cairo from 1950 till 1960/65 but have found very little information that is useful.

The gentleman was not specific about when he was separated from his parents but I assume it had to have been somewhere around the "Black Saturday" riot on in January 1952.

In order to do the story credit I am trying to imagine what life would have been like for a "street-kid" in Cairo during that time and I thought it may be possible that someone in your association would be happy to share some insights.

Incidentally, the stranger was reunited with his family many years later (thanks to the heroic Major who managed to track them down in Australia) and was able to go and visit them. His father and most of his siblings were still alive but his poor mother had died not ever finding out what had happened to her little boy.

Thank you and best regards, David Brooke-Mee

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Re: A chance encounter - by Bill Badger - Jul 4, 2017 8:16am
Re: A chance encounter - by Bill Badger - Jul 4, 2017 8:34am
Re: A chance encounter - by David Brooke-Mee - Jul 4, 2017 8:39am
Re: A chance encounter - by Bill Badger - Jul 5, 2017 10:37am
Re: A chance encounter - by David Brooke-Mee - Jul 5, 2017 1:20pm
Re: A chance encounter - by robert sharp - Jul 4, 2017 2:50pm
Re: A chance encounter - by David Brooke-Mee - Jul 4, 2017 3:01pm
Re: A chance encounter - by robert sharp - Jul 4, 2017 3:21pm
Re: A chance encounter - by Jim Watson - Jul 4, 2017 9:38pm
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Re: A chance encount - by Jim Watson - Jul 5, 2017 2:05am
Re: A chance encount - by robert sharp - Jul 5, 2017 2:56am
Re: A chance encounter - by David Brooke-Mee - Jul 5, 2017 1:08pm
Re: A chance encounter - by robert sharp - Jul 5, 2017 2:32pm
Re: A chance encounter - by David Brooke-Mee - Jul 5, 2017 2:35pm
Re: A chance encounter - by Jim Watson - Jul 5, 2017 9:49pm
Re: A chance encounter - by David Brooke-Mee - Jul 11, 2017 3:33pm
Re: A chance encounter - by Jim Watson - Jul 11, 2017 5:42pm
Re: A chance encounter - by David Brooke-Mee - Jul 11, 2017 5:49pm
Re: A chance encounter - by robert sharp - Jul 5, 2017 7:37pm
Re: A chance encounter - by David Brooke-Mee - Jul 6, 2017 6:07pm
Re: A chance encounter - by Bill Badger - Jul 11, 2017 4:25pm
Re: A chance encounter - by David Brooke-Mee - Jul 11, 2017 4:43pm
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