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Popular Egyptian singer, Sherine sentenced to prison over River Nile joke

Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel Wahab has been sentenced to six months in prison for joking about the cleanliness of the River Nile.

Sherine, one of the country’s most famous singers – and a judge on the Arabic version of The Voice TV show – told a fan that drinking from the famous river might give them parasites.

“Drink Evian instead,” she joked.

She responded by saying “drinking from the Nile will get me schistosomiasis” – a disease commonly known in Egypt as bilharzia, which once plagued rural water sources.

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The Egyptian Musicians Syndicate announced that it had banned her from performing over her “unjustified mockery of our dear Egypt”.

She has since apologized:

“My beloved country Egypt and sons of my country Egypt, I apologise to you with all my heart for any pain I may have caused you,” she added.

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