Saturday, February 04, 2006

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.

Down with Mubarak for Failing to Guarantee Egyptians some Dignity to Live or Die in Peace.

Life is a choice and death is not to be forced!


At 3:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great blog FFM, This is so tragic and I concurr that those responsible should be brought to justice. The problem in such accident the rot is from bottom to the high levels and in Egypt we avoid the high levels of responsibility! Proof is the repeated nature of such accidents.Why don't the people who burn Danish flags protest the dismal nature of caring for fellow Egyptians?
Keep on your great blogging,
Egyptian in Germany

At 3:28 AM, Blogger Doubting Thomas said...

I am sorry about this sinking, FFE. Poor people have to have organizations to protect them, governments never do it, because they only concern themselves with the powerful. Poor people can only be powerful in organized mass so they can demand safety regulations, pure food and drug regulations, health law, and so forth. Are there no worker's unions in Egypt?

At 8:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sincere condolences to the families of all those who perished.

When reflecting on this tragedy we must also not forgot the tragedy of Black Friday, last December when 30 Sudanese refugees were butchered at the hands of the Egyptian police forces as crowds of passers by cheered...

What news is there of the Interior Ministry Inquiry into the events of black Friday?


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