First Egyptian TV announcer with Down Syndrome

18-12-2018 04:31 PM

Michael Girgis


The 22-year-old swimmer, athlete, tennis table champion and basketball player Rahma Khaled, is now the first female broadcaster to appear on screens in Egypt and the Arab World despite her Down’s Syndrome.

Khaled is now among the crew of “8 am” programme broadcasted on DMC satellite channel every Thursday at 8 am.

Khaled, who long dreamt of becoming a famous announcer, fought to achieve her dream over the past few years and succeeded to achieve it for 24 hours when the UAE’s al-Ghad TV channel invited her to appear as an announcer on the occasion of celebrating persons with disability day.

Amal al-Utaifi, Rahma’s mother, explained that her daughter was preparing to become an announcer since last year. She took courses on radio for a month and a half; and presents the news once a month on a news website.

Rami Radwan of “8 am” said he was happy to have Rahma Khaled, the first announcer with Down Syndrome, on the “8 am” radio show on DMC. “We chose her and she chose us,” said Radwan.

“Rahma is a determined young woman,” Radwan said. “She has energy, enthusiasm and positivity. Her smile lights up the whole world,”

Khaled said “I am very happy, especially because this is my first appearance as an announcer.”

Watani International

18 December 2018

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