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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Baz's fears for sister caught in Egypt chaos

RTE presenter Baz Ashmawy has revealed his fears for his sister Mahy and extended family, as violent protests continue to cause turmoil in their hometown of Cairo, Egypt.

The half-Egyptian star, who has been based in Ireland since he was eight years old, admits he is extremely worried for their safety as the crisis continues to worsen.

Baz (34) went on to explain how he could see the early warning signs of civil unrest in the North African country just last November when he spent time volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.

"My sister's in the middle of it all at the moment so it's very worrying," Baz told the Herald. "She lives in Egypt, as do some of my aunts and other relatives. It's really awful. They're all in Cairo but are doing okay.

"We were over there with Habitat for Humanity helping to build houses last year and you could see even then that there was lots of tension over President Hosni's [Mubarak's] rule.

"I met up with some of my family while I was there then. I'm hoping to get over to them next month again maybe, depending on how things are," he added.

Baz, who became a dad for the first time last year with long-term girlfriend Tanya Evans, said he is completely smitten with his daughter Hannah and admits he's curtailed his social life enormously since starting a family.

He had been planning to return to Egypt to introduce Hannah to her extended family but will now wait for an outcome to the current tensions.

Born in Libya, Baz, who is part-Egyptian, part-Irish, moved to Ireland at the age of eight and grew up in Rathfarnham, Dublin.

The chatty broadcaster said he's relishing his new role as a radio presenter alongside Lucy Kennedy and hopes to begin work on another TV project over the summer months.

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