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Meet Sesame Street's Global Cast of Characters

Over the course of the 40 years that the program has been on the air, Sesame Street has spawned versions in countries around the world

Khokha- Egypt Alam Simsim

Khokha Sesame Street
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Khokha, whose name means “peach” in Arabic, is the star of Sesame Workshop’s Egyptian co-production, Alam Simsim. She began appearing on Egyptian television in 2000. Khokha serves as a role model for young girls who are just beginning school as she loves to explore future careers including writer, police officer and astronaut. The idea that little girls can grow up to be doctors and young boys can help their mothers around the house is relatively new to the country. In 2001, Khoka talked to Egyptian first lady Suzanne Mubarak about the importance of reading.

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