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Woman creates life vest inspired by her refugee father

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2019-09-12 10:50

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The device is equipped with a GPS. When submerged, the vest sends the user’s location to the nearest coast guard.

“I started imagining if, God forbid, I woke up to the news that my dad was drowned and no one was able to help him. What state would I be in?”, the inventor explained.

Siba had made several applications for grants and scholarships, but she kept being turned down. She was then accepted to a scientific innovation competition for teens, which provided her with the necessary training to build the life jacket. In turn, this prototype allowed her to get a scholarship to study computer science at a University in Jordan.

“If anyone [at sea] comes across any danger, their voice will be heard and coast guards will be able to rescue them…It will not only reach refugees but also everyone, tourist groups, water-sport enthusiasts, and that they will live in peace and security”, Siba described.

The student hopes to get a patent and begin mass-producing her invention.

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Siba Obeid, born in Syria, in 1998, is a refugee who has been living in Jordan since 2013. She developed a high-tech life vest after her father told her he was migrating to Europe by sea, to help prevent him from drowning.

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