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Kareem Taha was born on November 10, 1986, in Cairo into a Muslim Sufi family. He grew up in the Christian-Jewish neighborhood of el-Zaher. After studying at a secondary School of Franciscan Studies, he completed a bachelor’s programme of business administration. He couldn’t finish his master’s degree. He worked with many non-profit organizations and made a living as an entrepreneur. He has been the target of state repression against activists critical of the situation in society. In 2008, he participated in the activities of the opposition Youth Movement on April 6. He continued his civic activism under all other regimes that have taken turns in Egypt since the fall of Hosi Mubarak in February 2011. He was imprisoned several times, and during his internment he experienced torture, including electroshocks. Before threatening further imprisonment, he decided to flee to Sudan in 2015. The Czech Republic granted him asylum for life. He spent three years in Prague, where he found it quite difficult to find his way into Czech society. In 2017 he went to Brno, where he founded the Egyptian front for human rights (EFHR). He has run this organization since. He married in the Czech Republic and has a son.