Another Black Day In Egypt’s History
More than 1000 are feared dead in the rough Red Sea waters, after a crumbling ferry sunk yesterday, carrying Egyptian workers on their return trip from Saudi Arabia.
Survivors are accusing the crew. There are so many complaints on the insufficient numbers of lifeboats and rafts. The accident was blamed on a fire on deck. Crew could not extinguish the fire and the ferry was down in less than 10 minutes.
If you are poor in Egypt or a worker who sought a better income in one of the oil countries like those Egyptian workers, you still do not have a price. To be poor in a country like Egypt with no higher-up connections, your life is threatened everyday. Where are the Egyptian authorities responsible for maintaining those ferries to guarantee the safety of the passengers? But let me tell you the word “maintenance” does not exist in the Egyptian dictionary. I want to see those responsible for killing those innocent Egyptian before justice. But remember Beni Suef inferno? Where is the justice? More than 47 talented and skilled Egyptians were killed because of some irresponsible government officials who are not taking their job seriously.
It is heart breaking to see all those hardworking workers returning back to meet their families that they probably did not see for a long time and then such tragedy happens. Imagining the moment of bringing families together brings tears into my eyes. Being part of the brain drain wave in Egypt, I know what it means to look forward to meeting family or vice versa or to dream of the day of arrival to meet the beloved. I am so saddened by this terrible accident and my heart is beating outside my chest with the pain for those families. The second reason why I feel so sad is because taking the decision to leave home is such a difficult one for all the love we hold for Egypt. My Deepest heartfelt condolences to my people. My heart is bleeding for you.
Life is a choice and death is not to be forced!