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Arabic to English: ليلة 26 ديسمبر2007 General field: Art/Literary Detailed field: Journalism
Source text - Arabic كان نضال بدو سيناء، للمطالبة بحقوقهم، قد بدا يوم 25 ابريل 2007، بسلسلة متواصلة من الاعتصامات والوقفات والمسيرات والمؤتمرات. وفي هذا السياق اتفق البدو على وقفة احتجاجية يوم 1 يناير 2008. كتبت على مدونتي خبرا عن الوقفة، واعلنت عن نيتي المشاركة فيها.
ليلة 26 ديسمبر 2007، اي قبل الموعد بحوالي 5 ايام، كانت درجة حرارة رناد مرتفعة، وكنت وزوجتي نعمل لها ضمادات بالماء البارد، كنا ومازلنا نحاول مداواتها بالطرق التقليدية، محاولين قدر المستطاع الابتعاد عن كل ما هو كيمائي.
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Translation - English The struggle of the Bedouins in Sinai to demand their rights started on 25 April 2007, with a continuous series of sit-ins, demonstrations, and conferences. In this context, the Bedouins agreed to a protest on 1 January 2008.
I wrote a report about the protest on my blog and announced my intention to participate in it. On the night of 26 December 2007, less than six days before the date of the protest, Ranad had a high temperature, and my wife and I were making cold water dressings for her. We have always tried to use traditional methods of treatment and avoid anything chemical as much as possible.
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I am a freelance translator specialising in Arabic to English translation with English as my mother tongue.
Qualifications: I have a First Class BA in Arabic and Classical Literature and a Masters with Merit in Applied Translations Studies both from the University of Leeds. My Masters dissertation specialised in the translation of literary and socio-political texts. I have also gained knowledge and understanding of HTML code which I have demonstrated in my encoding of this section of the page.
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Cultural Knowledge and Understanding: I have developed an understanding of cultural differences from having lived in Cairo, Egypt, as well as from studying issues in modern Middle Eastern politics. I also come from a multicultural background and thus have grown up with an awareness of cultural aspects of both the Middle East and the West.
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