January 3, 2011

The Dark Side Of Cairo

Everyone knows i love Cairo.

The are many many things i love about that city, but there are also many things that really and truly sadden me.

Sitting in Khan AlKhaleli, an old bazaar, filled with coffee shops, people milling around. It is a major tourist attraction in Cairo.

I see a little 3 year old boy walking around with a toy in his hand.

I wave to him and try to talk to him. He looked a bit sick and wasn't in the mood. His older sister or cousin was standing rite there with him.

The boy walked away and i saw him being lead by an older woman to a far corner.

A few minits later he came out crying very very quietly, holding his arm.
Which i swear to you was broken.

My aunt called him over and hugged him. Asking him wats wrong. His older sister chipped in. His grandma called him over and beat him up for not being hyper and cheerful so he would collect more money.

He wasn't making enough she said. He wasn't working like he should be.

If only you could see the pain and hurt that were in that little boys face. If only you could have seen the devastation.

I'm writing this to you with tears streaming down my face. He broke my heart.

All my mom could say was 7esbe allah wani3ma elwakeel 3ala ahlik.

That child has no childhood. No innocence. No time for play.

He will never go to school. He will grow up to be nothing and no one, just like the thousand kids before him.

The sister told me that only some of them go to school, but the rest of them have to work.

How can the Egyptian government allow this to happen?

This has been going on for many many years, and there are no indications that it will stop.

No one is taking a substantial stand against it.

God all i wanted to do was find the grandmother and beat her to a pulp. i wanted to hurt her, to cause her pain. to break her like she broke that tiny child.

something must be done.

Now. Today. This moment.
posted by eshda3wa at 10:20 PM


:( that's really , really sad.
It makes me angry and sad to see things like this still happening in our world.
Our governments throughout the world have enough money to STOP this from happening...why don't they? Makes me sick.
Thanks for shedding light on the situation.
Much love

January 3, 2011 at 11:53 PM  

This moved me to the core. Allah yehdi el jamee3 w inshallah the grandmother gets some sense into her head and realizes what she does is wrong..!!

January 4, 2011 at 9:35 AM  

في احد المرات قرأت تقرير بجريدة القبس عن مصر يتحدث عن التحديات المعيشيه هناك
ويوصف التقرير انه اكثر من 46,6% من الشعب المصري تحت خط الفقر اي ما يقارب 36 مليون مصري فقير ولا يستطيع تدبير اموره الا لليله واحده او ليلتين بالكثير من ابسط الحاجيات المعيشيه
اضيفي على ذلك ما يشيره التقرير عن تزايد العدد ليصل الى ما دون خط الفقر بسبب كثرة التزاوج وعدم تحديد النسب وكثرة ابناء الزنى لديهم بتزايد ملحوظ مما يؤدي الى رميهم بالشارع في بعض الاحيان بالعشرات
كل هذا فكري فيه مع انهم لا يملكون ارادتهم الحره بسبب تزوير الانتخابات بشكل مستمر

January 4, 2011 at 9:57 AM  

that's so sad :(

January 4, 2011 at 10:17 AM  

way3a! Kaser yakser eedha!!!

How could the goverment be more merciful towards it's citizens when their own parents are the cause of their misery?

his mother could have killed her self trying to provide for him and get him into a public school until he graduates and becomes something instead of working him into the streets... if his own mother doesnt care about his education how can you expect strangers would w3liya!!!

and that boy was just lucky his arm as broken... they have a trade where they cut off the kids limps or gauge out their eyes to turn them into authentic beggars!!!!!!

Some people do not deserve to have children! Maybe if they stop people reproducing chinese style their problems would be solved and they would pay more attention to the child they have!

January 4, 2011 at 11:40 AM  

This is unarguably considered worse than child abuse in any other country. To violate a kid physically because his not begging people enough for money.

This is what I hate about Egypt, the way some people are raised there only teaches them to only care about themselves. Of course this also happens elsewhere.

I'm so sorry to hear this story, I wish one day he'd get adopted to a caring understanding family before it's too late. The odds are very slim, but hope is always there for those who seek it.

January 4, 2011 at 7:27 PM  

Laaaaaa 3ogob postaaat elyooooooooum yabeeela we should gather and join and beat the hell out of everyone who is wrong and bad to this society!! LOOOL la wallah jad seriously ga3da ath7ak min ilqahar eli feni!! lana believe me if i ur sure wallah i would've followed that Grandma!!! and at least AT LEAST i can do is talked to her!! 9adgeni mara7 askit!! ana wayed shft mawaqif similar bil q8 surely for different reason bes still they don't deserve it o still mit7asfa laish ma sawait shay! and now i don't think something will stop me:) if they couldn't change at least ill try to :)

January 4, 2011 at 7:38 PM  

it is very sicking :(

i doubt that very much. that woman has no heart.

the situation in egypt is dire.
if people in the capital are being treated this way, i can only imagine ppl bel qora

yes it is

fee nass ma fee gloobhum ra7ma.
they should have there tubes tied

how else can they be raised?
if the damn goverment will not provide education or jobs or shelter to help them...
they think thats the only way for them to survive

Bint ilkuwait
if we talked to the grandma, she would probably beat him up some more. hatha etha ma 6agatni ana.
so aggressive!

January 5, 2011 at 9:16 PM  

I saw similar situations when I was in Cairo a couple of years ago, maybe not quite so disturbing as what you described, but I saw a lot of children on the street and mothers with new born babies begging in the dirt. It's a sad reality.

I really hope their suffering eases up.

Thanks for sharing

January 8, 2011 at 3:38 AM  

إن شاء الله إذا نال الشعب حريته سيعود الأمل لهذا الطفل وأمثاله!
يا رب

February 3, 2011 at 11:58 PM  

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