Graffiti on Mohamed Mahmoud Street, Cairo, Egypt, depicting a woman fighting against sexual harassment. (c) Amnesty International
Ahmed Ezz, a mechanical engineer, talks about his voluntary work with Operation Anti-Sexual Harrassment/Assault (OpAntiSH), an activist organization based in Cairo, Egypt, known for intervening in sexual assaults by mobs in Tahrir Square.
When people find out that a woman has been sexually harassed and assaulted, their first reaction is “what was she wearing?”. They always lay the blame on the women themselves. I’ve witnessed this so many times.
It is not safe at all in Cairo for women and girls. Their freedom of movement is constantly constrained. Some avoid using the metro, and spend more money on taking taxis or multiple buses, simply to minimize the risk of harassment and assault. If women and girls complain about sexual harassment, people around them just try to calm them down, belittle their concerns or accuse them of unjustly pointing the fingers at harassers.
Coptic Church, Shubra El-Kheima
Deacon Michael Habib spoke with sadness about the damage his church in al-Minya province sustained in an attack by a group of armed men in July.
“The aim of this church is, and always has been, to serve the neighbouring villages,” he said. “We had nothing to do with politics and were in fact loved and respected by everyone, so why was the church attacked and burned?”
Over the past four months, about 70 Coptic churches and church buildings have been burned and attacked, according to government statistics. A number of mosques also have been attacked, mainly following the dispersal of the Rabea al-Adawiyah and al-Nahda sit-ins in August.
This prompted Beit el-Aela el-Misriyah, a non-governmental organisation, to launch an initiative to renovate houses of worship damaged in recent acts of violence with support from the government, Al-Azhar, the Coptic Church and private individuals and businesses.
The initiative, launched October 31st, aims to promote tolerance and encourages all Egyptians to help repair damaged houses of worship, the organisation said. […]
‘All Egyptians are brothers’
“The initiative essentially aims to affirm that all Egyptians are brothers in every way, that protecting houses of worship is the responsibility of every Egyptian, and that when a Muslim or Christian house of worship is attacked, all members of both sects participate in renovating it,” said Mahmoud Azab, Beit el-Aela co-ordinator and adviser to Sheikh of Al-Azhar on dialogue.
Accounts have been opened at all Egyptian banks to receive donations, Azab told Al-Shorfa. A number of companies and businessmen have already announced they will make sizable donations, and renovation projects will soon kick off with help from the armed forces, he said.
Beit el-Aela el-Misriyah was co-founded by Al-Azhar and the Coptic Church in Egypt in November 2011, and aims to “preserve Egypt’s social fabric in co-ordination with all relevant government bodies and ministries”, Azab said. […]
Here’s how this is truly fiendish:
President Obama is secretly helping an organization he did nothing to aid when it was sacked by the military.
So this is really all a charade, you see. I mean, it’s kind of like how FDR made a deal with the Germans in World War II by laying waste to the entire country so that they could eventually return to power and…
Yeah, that sounds really really stupid, and so does Pat.
Yet…wingnuts all across America actually believe this shit…
In today’s category of “Well That Escalated Quickly”, Egypt basically went to hell in a handbasket after the Egyptian military moved to vacate the Morsi-supporting protest camps. Hundreds are dead, thousands injured. The Muslim Brotherhood is claiming figures far higher than the state, but unlike in past events, this time the distance between the figures is beginning to get shorter as more updates come from state officials…
A state of emergency was declared today (Wednesday) by the Egyptian interim government, and a curfew that was issued has entered into effect in the capital of Cairo and in additional cities across the country.
The drastic measures come in the wake of violent clashes that took place between Egyptian security forces and supporters of ousted Egyptian president Morsi after the security forces began dispersing two pro-Morsi camps in Cairo. The security forces moved in on the camps while utilizing tear gas, armored vehicles and bulldozers, and local reports have stated that the Egyptian police has seized full control of both protest camps.
According to statements by the Egyptian Ministry of Health, more than 270 people were killed, including 47 security forces, and more than 2,000 were wounded in the clashes. In addition, more than 500 protesters have been reported being arrested by Egyptian police forces. The Muslim Brotherhood movement has claimed that the actual number of casualties is far higher, with more than 500 protesters killed and 5,000 wounded as a result of the confrontations between security forces and the protesters.
A statement issued by the White House strongly condemned the violence in Egypt. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that “Violence will only make it more difficult for Egypt to move on a path towards lasting stability and democracy, and goes against the assurances made by the interim government to pursue reconciliation.”
Addressing the events in Egypt, US Secretary of State John Kerry stated that “the events that occurred today are deplorable. Violence will not pave a road map for the future of Egypt.” He added that the US is prepared to cooperate with the parties in Egypt towards any form of peaceful agreement.
The European Union has issued its condemnation of the Egyptian violence, and called on the interim government to bring the state of security to an end as early as possible.
More than 100 people have been killed and 1,500 injured at a protest held by supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, doctors say.
However the health ministry has put the death toll lower, at 38.
The army ousted Mr Morsi on 3 July. He has been formally accused of murder, relating to a 2011 jail outbreak, and of links to the militant group Hamas.
Both pro- and anti-Morsi demonstrators held huge protests overnight in the capital.
The anti-Morsi camp occupied Cairo’s Tahrir Square in support of the army, after its chief, Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, had urged people to demonstrate to provide a mandate for its intervention.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Morsi supporters continued their sit-in protest at the mosque in the Nasr City area.
On Saturday, Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim vowed to end the sit-in, saying local residents had complained about the encampment.
He said the protest would be “brought to an end soon, and in a legal manner” with an order from the prosecutor, although this has yet to happen.
The BBC’s Jim Muir in Cairo says the latest violence is the most serious since the army’s intervention to remove President Morsi, but this does not appear to have been a planned campaign to clear the area around the mosque.
Egypt’s interim leader has outlined his timetable for new elections, amid continuing unrest in the country.
Adly Mansour’s decree envisages changes to the Islamist-drafted constitution and a referendum, which would pave way the way for elections early next year.
This comes as at least 51 people were killed in the capital Cairo.
The Muslim Brotherhood says its members were fired on at a sit-in for ousted President Mohammad Morsi. The army says it responded to an armed provocation.
Mr Morsi, an Islamist and Egypt’s first freely elected leader, was removed from office by the army last week after mass protests.
His supporters accuse the military of staging a coup, but his opponents say the move is the continuation of the revolution that deposed President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
Egyptian security officials say suspected Islamic militants have bombed a natural gas pipeline to Jordan south of the city of el-Arish in the Sinai Peninsula.
The attacks early Sunday on two points on the pipeline started fires that were soon put out, but the flow of gas was disrupted, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
It was the first attack on Egypt’s natural gas pipelines in Sinai in over a year.