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Egyptian Christian billionaire wants to buy island to shelter 200,000 Mideast refugees

naguib-sawirisEgyptian Christian billionaire and philanthropist Naguib Sawiris couldn’t take it anymore.

During an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Sunday, Sawiris said his heart breaks every time he sees migrant families getting turned down by border authorities in Europe and forced to deal with hunger, sicknesses, and homelessness all by themselves.

Sawiris said he could not just sit back and relax and do nothing to address the plights faced by refugees.

To show that he cares, the Christian telecom mogul said he plans to buy an island, either in Greece or Turkey, to serve as a haven for refugees.

Sawiris said it was actually the story of Aylan Kurdi, a two-year-old Syrian boy who died while trying to reach freedom with his family, that prompted him to get started on his humanitarian effort.

“I actually must admit, it’s the picture of Aylan that woke me up,” Sawiris said. “It was a very touching picture. In addition to that, the way these pictures were coming out of Hungary, the way these refugees were being treated by the authorities there, and being, you know, beaten and put into trains and buses, I mean it was just too much.”

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