Tuesday, January 16, 2007

A Story: Nepotism And Religious Persecution In Egypt

One of the sadder stories about Egypt.

Within Egypt you'll find all the drawbacks of a third world country. Some of those drawbacks include bold faced nepotism, cold hearted religious persecution and mind numbing bureaucratic backwardness. Naturally the following story contains all three.

I have a Christian friend in Egypt whose cousin was a police officer determined to become a detective. We will refer to my friends cousin as "Hany". Hany was lucky enough to know people who could help make his dream come true. The proper arrangements were made and Hany was entered into the training program for detectives among several other candidates with Hany being the only Christian among them.

The tests included a shooting range like you see in the movies called a "hogans alley", basically you walk through a practice field and shoot at moving targets. Hany performed the test perfectly but another officer was not as skilled and an accident occurred. While performing the test in the shooting range this other officer accidentally shot and killed the commanding officer. You're not going to believe me but I swear to God the guy who accidentally shot the commander happened to be a second cousin to Suzanne Mubarak, the Presidents wife.

So what do you do when the Presidents cousin-in law kills a high ranking officer? Falsify the official report and blame someone else of course! Who was that someone else? Hany, the groups only Christian and highest scoring officer. Hany wasn't put in jail though, instead they expelled him from the training camp and fired him from the police department. Hany's family feared revenge from the police so Hany's cousin arranged a visa for him to leave Egypt for Australia.

Problem solved right? No, because of Hany's training as a detective the Egyptian Government refused to let him leave the country for a minimum of 10 years so that he might forget all the "secure information" he had learned as a matter of national security. As if the Australians are dying to get their hands on Egyptian police training techniques. So what is Hany doing now? He fell into a depression, forced his wife and kids out of their home and now spends his days drinking and smoking hash. He never leaves the house and refuses to see any of his family members. Last I checked he was absent at his sisters wedding because he didn't want to face the family. Poor guy, mostly for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

5 Comments:

At 4:49 AM, Blogger Arima said...

That's an awful story. I had no idea that corruption was quite so bad in Egypt...I mean on a personal level rather than in the grand political scheme of things.
Nor did I realise that one could be, effectively, put under house arrest through no fault of their own. the situation is so awful that it is almost laughable.

 
At 9:02 AM, Anonymous wael said...

i think Hany must not quit and should fight back...and i think his friend should fight with him too and help him clear his name... they are afraid of him as much he is afraid of them... this way they kept him free because they don't want his story to become a cause...

 
At 11:51 AM, Blogger Egypeter said...

Speechless!!

And this is by no means an exception. I could add many other stories that I've heard from Egyptian immigrants that are WAY WAY worse than that one. At least poor Hany got away with his life...

And so the misery continues in Egypt. Wealthy Christians and Muslims, or anyone who has the ability and means to escape, will continue to flee Egypt until the only ones left are the fundementalists...

As every year goes by it becomes more and more apparant that Egyptian Christians are strangers in their own homeland and they are no longer welcome to live there. These stories are becoming more and not less frequent. The divide between the Muslims and Copts in Egypt is, sadly, as huge as it ever has been. The saddest part about that is that they are ALL EGYPTIAN!!! Apparantly, nationality no longer matters in Egypt these days...it's ALL about religion. And you can thank the Ikhwan and Saudi's wahabbi ideology, that has spread like the Bird Flu all over Egypt, for this!!

Wasn't it Mehdi Akef that said it would be more appropriate for a Malaysian Muslim to govern Egypt over an Egyptian Chrisitan???!!!! Can you believe that?? I will NEVER forget that comment! Sounds like he's trying to bring back the good 'ol Caliphate...

Now, think about that logic for a second and that will explain to you why Egypt is the shithole that it currently is. In his blind eyes, a Muslim from Malaysia would be a more qualified president than an infidel Egyptian Christian. Wow! It's sooo laughable to me!!!

Where will Egypt be in 10 or 20 years D.B.??? Honestly, I'm horrified of the answer.

 
At 12:36 PM, Blogger Fadfadation said...

If true this is a very sad story
lelasaf :(

Egypeter,
"Wasn't it Mehdi Akef that said it would be more appropriate for a Malaysian Muslim to govern Egypt over an Egyptian Chrisitan???!!!!"

I heard the whole conversation, he didn't say "would be more appropriate " at all. I am not sure where you got tha from. Isn't that the convesation with the Karama newspaper guy who went to Rose-Al-Youssef?

I think you are simplifying the problem by only pin pointing the Ikhwan for being the problem in Egypt.
What about all the muslims and chirsitans who are not part of al ikhwan (obviously) and still pull at each others throughts?
What about the governement and the stupid decissions with things related to copts?
What about international interference which is awlays there in the background of things in Egypt?

I for one by the way don't like the current morshid of the Ikhwan. Put there are some of them who are intellects one has to respect.

Agree with them or don't is ok. But blaming them and only them is not fair, sa7?

 
At 1:42 PM, Blogger Egypeter said...

I'm sorry fadfadation. Mehdi Akef DID say that!!! He said it LOUD AND CLEAR!

It doesn't matter if YOU want to believe it or not, but he did say it and if you'd like I'll find it for you.

And, yes, the Ikhwan are an ENORMOUS part of the problem! Are they the sole reason for the wave of religious fanatacism that is plaguing Egypt right now? No. It goes way deeper than that. All of the Egyptian laborers who returned from the Gulf in the 80's with their radical wahabbi thought is also part of the problem. A govenment that doesn't give a shit is also part of the problem. Illiteracy rates of 40% is also part of the problem...and the list goes on and on and on.

But the grand prize winner for why Egypt is moving towards the 7th century instead of the 21st is the totalitarian, fanatic, intollerant ideology that the IKHWAN espouse. Do you not see a DIRECT correlation between the rise of the Ikhwan and the rise of fundementalism? I'm afraid that if you don't see a correlation than you may a part of the problem and not the solution. So please spare me the bullshit of "intellectuals" in the Ikhwan. As far as I'm concerned, there is NOT ONE SINGLE "intelecutal" in the Ikhwan!!!

The Ikhwan is the Egyptian equivalent of the KKK but in regards to relgion and not the color of your skin. Period. And I'm sorry if the truth hurts.

Egypt would be a much safer and better place if those dirtbags were all thrown in jail instead of bloggers and converts!

I hope I made myself clear.

 

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