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I was born to a chemical engineer (father), and a Russian translator (mother) in suburban Cairo. I have two sisters. The older one, Dalia Rehab completed her masters in ESL at Northeastern Illinois University. After teaching English at various colleges in Chicago, as well as foreign language centers in Egypt, she now teaches in Kuwait University where she lives with her husband, Ahmed Maarouf (an Egyptian physician), and their little son, Yousef. My younger one, Dina Rehab is attending college at the University of Illinois at Chicago, she is double majoring in Political Science and Italian. She was awarded a scholarship to Perugia, Italy in summer of 1999.

I spent the first 6 years of my life in Egypt, I then moved to Manchester, England where my father was awarded his Ph.D. At the age of 11, I came back to Egypt where I spent the next 5 years. I then immigrated to the States with my family in 1992 at the age of 15. I have completed the last 2 years of high school, and graduated college since I got here. I am now doing my masters fulltime at DePaul, and am also employed full-time at Arthur Andersen - both downtown Chicago.