Amanda Figueras

Amanda Figueras is a journalist, multimedia reporter, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations fellow, and founder of a European News website. After a decade in the Spanish El Mundo (print and website. Economy, Breaking News, International) she is now living between Madrid and Cairo. Follow her @AmandaFigueras


Amanda Figueras is a journalist, multimedia reporter, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations fellow, and founder of a European News website. After a decade in the Spanish El Mundo (print and website. Economy, Breaking News, International) she is now living between Madrid and Cairo. Follow her @AmandaFigueras



ARTICLES BY Amanda Figueras



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Breaking the adoption taboo in Dubai

DUBAI—Aysha Albusmait likes to be called Umm Reem — “Reem’s mother” in Arabic — although her daughter does n


DUBAI—Aysha Albusmait likes to be called Umm Reem — “Reem’s mother” in Arabic — although her daughter does not look very much like her. The skin of the 5-year-old is more brown and while her eyes are just as lovely, they look different from her mother’s. Nonetheless, during the three years they have been together, […]

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Egypt’s “Best Mother” wears men’s clothes

Luxor, Egypt — Her house is little more than a nude brick building. It has three floors and an open roof that could h


Luxor, Egypt — Her house is little more than a nude brick building. It has three floors and an open roof that could have been converted into a pleasant terrace, but she never had enough money to carry out the renovation. The bathroom is a tiny room that looks more like a pantry, with a low […]

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Saudi Samar’s Activist Struggle: Samar Badawi

The black ‘abaya’ wrapping her body makes her look smaller and accentuates her pallor appearance. But Saudi Samar Ba


The black ‘abaya’ wrapping her body makes her look smaller and accentuates her pallor appearance. But Saudi Samar Badawi’s fragility vanishes when our conversation begins. Her brother is the blogger Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes after creating a digital forum for political debate and “insulting Islam.”  Her […]

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Living amongst the dead in Cairo: Egyptian life at cemeteries

Eman was elated. She was engaged and everything was ready for the wedding. Her family approved.  The groom was good for


Eman was elated. She was engaged and everything was ready for the wedding. Her family approved.  The groom was good for her: he had a job and a house.  They could be happy together.  But on the day that she visited him in what would be their joint home, the couple unexpectedly broke up. The […]