An Open Letter To The Egyptian Billionaire Who Offered To Buy An Island To Rehouse Syrian Refugees

An Egyptian billionaire has offered to buy an island off Italy or Greece in order to rehouse hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing Syria and other conflicts.

He says If Greece or Italy sell him an island, Naguib Sawiris, the 10th richest man in Africa, says he will host the migrants and offer them jobs in the new country.

Naguib Sawiris, the 10th richest man in Africa, announced the initiative on Twitter, but said that he had not yet approached the Italian or Greek governments about his plan.

“Greece or Italy sell me an island, I’ll call its independence and host the migrants and provide jobs for them building their new country,” he wrote.

Here Is my problem with you Mr 10th richest man in frica

    1.Did you try to offer any help or approach the African governments, Africa Union or United Nations about the plan to help Nigeria when Boko Haram was busy blowing off people’s heads all over Nigeria.

    Where were you when your own Africa needed you?

    Libya is dying in front of your own eyes and you are worried about Syrians??Atleast those people have Europe to look forward to,How about Africans? Who should they look forward to?


    He later told AFP news agency that it would involve giving “temporary shelters to house the people, then employing the people to build housing, schools, universities, hospitals”.

    -First of all lets look at Egypt.According to Egypt’s last Unemployment rate stood at 12.70%..well thats impressive for an African country but we have to understand that it once stood at 8%.So how about we first help Egyptians get jobs before we cross over to Syria?

    But those who took shelter would be treated as “human beings”, he said. “The way they are being treated now, they are being treated like cattle.”

    So lets learn as Egyptians to treat other Egyptians as humans first so that we can atleast try to teach other people to do the same.We can’t teach other people things which we on our own fail to implement.

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I am still thinking of more press or publicly acceptable suggestions because the ones I have right now might get me in trouble

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Source: By Africa Metro's Anna Benjamin

8 Responses to An Open Letter To The Egyptian Billionaire Who Offered To Buy An Island To Rehouse Syrian Refugees

  1. Marvellous September 4, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    How about we first try to fix Africa before jumping into other people’s problems.Keep in mind I am not trying to be disrespectful to the refugees or their struggles or even Mr Rich guy over here.Where was your help when Lybia was falling Mr I am very rich and I want to help poor people.

    People like these make me sick sometimes, they want to help only when its convinient for them

  2. Halil September 4, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    spend that money on poor Egyptians

  3. Mustafa September 4, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Why not buy one for Palestinian refugees as well?

  4. Ibrahim September 4, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    May God bless and protect you. .you have a soft heart and the world needs more people like you

  5. eric cusey September 4, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    bravo pour cette idée, suis sur que beaucoup de gens vous aideront moi le premier à mon humble niveau.

  6. Mahmoud September 4, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    pardon my french! But this is the dumbest tweet I’ve ever read in regards to the Syrian refugees topic!

  7. Amira September 4, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Loving the idea, it’ll save lives, but don’t you think that it might create a new ‘Palestine’? What are we going to call it?

  8. Adrien Wainer September 4, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    You are creating a publicity stunt for yourself, fellow traveling with Islamists & doing it with murdered people.


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