Egyptian Chronicles

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Rosetta boat tragedy

Earlier Tuesday, Egypt's Petroleum Marine services managed to float the sunken migrant boat off the shores of  Rosetta city.
According to the people of Rosetta, the Beheira governorate and the Egyptian ministry of health, the death toll increased to 202 after it was 169 on Sunday.
The migrants boat
The death boat on Tuesday
"Burg-Rashid FB page"

As the wooden boat floated back to the surface of the sea after 6 days of hitting its bottom, 33 bodies more were found.

According to the locals in Borg Rashid or Borg Rosetta , the Egyptian Navy forces took the wooden boat to Abu Qir Navy base in Alexandria.
Since early Sunday, the sea began to give more bodies to both fishermen and Navy forces' special search and rescue units.

The numbers jumped from 51 on Thursday to 148 then to 156 then to 169.

Photos coming from Borg Rashid or Borg Rosetta showing the dead bodies at Rosetta port pier with people devastated all around it.

The Rosetta general hospital's morgue has a space for only 8 bodies. It is not equipped to have all those bodies.

The small village of Borg Rashid in Rosetta already has been turned upside down thanks to that tragic incident.

Thus the bodies were left in the sun with ice blocks to try to preserve what remains from the sea water till they are transferred to other morgues and hospitals in Beheira and Alexandria.
The ice preserving the dead bodies found in the boat
on Tuesday "Burg Rashid official Facebook page"
This could be one of the worst capsized migrant boat incidents Egypt has seen so far.
I can not recall anything like that before.

How the tragedy started

It started earlier last week according to survivors.

A fishing boat was in the sea 12 km away from Borg Rasheed in the coastal city of Rasheed or Rosetta waiting to be loaded with migrants from Egypt , Syria , Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia.

Fishing boats are the cover for the illegal migrant boats in Egypt , they are granted special permits for fishing from security authorities above them Egypt's General Intelligence service. It is also booming business as well despite it is illegal.

For three days starting on Saturday, smaller speed boats carrying migrants came to the fishing boat from Edku and Rasheed or Rosetta specifically Borg Rasheed or Borg Rosetta in Beheira governorate and Borg Maghzy in Kafr El-Sheikh governorate.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Notes on the Pro-Sisi rallies organized by the Coptic Church in NYC

Egypt's current President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi was in New York earlier this week to attend the UN General assembly meeting for the second year in a row.
Last year, his supporters in Egypt from businessmen and media moguls organized public diplomacy delegations that headed to New York to cheer for the President against the evil Muslim Brotherhood protests planned against him in the big apple.
This year the same businessmen/media moguls "Mohamed Al-Amin" and "Ahmed Abu Hashima" headed to New York to support El-Sisi with media figures in an unofficial delegation that was smaller in number and quieter than last year's big circus.
Abu Hashima and Sisi supporters
Ahmed Abu Hashima and members of American Coptic Association 
Yet,they were not alone this year.
The Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church officially called Egyptian Copts in the United States to mobilize and join the Pro-Sisi rallies in New York.
Yes , officially the Coptic Orthodox Church in New York and New England called the Egyptian Copts in the States to head to New York to support El-Sisi in rallies.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Seen in Cairo : Leaving the capital

Location Cairo Ramses Station, Ramsis Square, Al Fagalah, Al Azbakeyah, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

Taken in May on the train to Alexandria while leaving Cairo for a short break. This photo was taken at Cairo's Ramses Railway station , the main railway station in Egypt.
 via Instagram

Sunday, September 18, 2016

F-A Artwork Presents : Saint Catherine Mount in 4K

F-A Artwork team on Facebook presents Saint Catherine Mount in 4K time-lapse.

Saint Catherine - Timelapse 4K from F-A Artwork on Vimeo.
It is really beautiful and magical.
You should check the work of Egyptian photographers Fady Hesham and Ahmed Tarek at their F-A Artwork's official Facebook page and like it to follow their amazing work across Egypt.
Here are amazing photos by Hesham and Tarek from the amazing Sinai.
A mountain  somewhere in Sinai "F-A Artwork"
It looks like from another world 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Unionist's contradicting statements , 5 dead men got no link to Regeni : The probe continues

From two weeks ago , Egypt's Prosecutor General Nabil Sadek issued a statement in Rome about the latest progress in Giulio Regeni's murder investigation and cooperation with Italian Prosecutor as well investigations.
Giulio Regeni
Late Giulio Regeni 

Sadek revealed in the statement that Egyptian police had investigated and followed late Regeni briefly before his murder but suspended the operation after 3 days only when it was found that there was nothing suspicion about him.

Another important revelation in the Egyptian prosecutor general statement in Rome  There are "doubts" regarding the link between Regeni and that so-called gang that was killed in March by security forces.

Now the Egyptian government admits that Giulio Regeni was on its radar , even for some time despite all the denials in the beginning.

This progress happens after 9 months and huge unprecedented Italian escalation that affected the Egyptian-Italian relations.The Italian ambassador has not returned back to Cairo up till now following the decision of the Italian government to recall him over the Regeni probe and the cooperation with the Egyptian government.

Regeni and the street vendors unionists of West Cairo 

According to the details revealed in the Egyptian media , the 26-years old Cambridge student who was working on PhD about independent unions in Egypt was reported to the Egyptian authorities by the head of street vendors independent syndicate.

Allegedly, Regeni contacted the head of that independent syndicate for an interview and the man felt suspicious and decided to report the Italian researcher to security forces as a good citizen.
I am afraid that what has been said in the international and Egyptian media from several months ago. I remember the first journalists to speak about the Street vendors independent syndicate in West Cairo and its head as well their relation to Regeni were Ahmed Ragab and Mostafa El-Marsafawy in Al-Masry Al-Youm in late February.
In their last long investigative report in Al-Masry Al-Youm independent newspaper , Ragab and El-Masrafawy explored what was known about Regeni during then in Egypt speaking with his friends and members of the street vendors syndicate who spoke with Regeni.

Interestingly, the head of West Cairo's Street vendors syndicate Mohamed Abdullah said in that interview in February that he met Giulio Regeni for nearly ten times , hinting out that he did not report to the authorities then despite he was suspicious of him.
Interestingly he added that Regeni used to meet and have a chat with the street vendors at Ahmed Helmi market in Cairo's downtown and that "half of those vendors are security informants". Well it is common belief in Cairo that street vendors are actually informants.

Even more interestingly in the same report , police officers in two police stations "Shobra and Azbakia" supervising that market denied completely that Regeni had gone there as they got officers and cameras all over the place and were not informed about him.It is a very good point because a foreign man would definitely catch attention in that bus station-turned-into market allocated by Cairo governorate to Downtown Cairo street vendors.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Happy Arafat Day and Happy New Egyptian Year

We got too many things today.
First , Happy Arafat Day for all Muslims around the globe.
Muslim Pilgirms at Mount Arafat "AP" 
Muslim Pilgrims outside Arafat "AP"
Let's pray for peace truly in the world and stability as well democracy in Egypt.
Let's pray for Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Libya and other war-torn areas
Second , Happy New Egyptian year from Egyptian Chronicles.
Today marks the start of the first day in the ancient Egyptian calendar.
The 11th of September marks the start of the Ancient Egyptian year "6258" and its first month in the Ancient Egyptian Calendar Thout.
The ancient Egyptian calendar in temple of Kom Ombo
Ancient Egyptian calendar on the walls of Kom Ombo temple "Kodak Agfa"
The reformed ancient Egyptian calendar is still used by the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church till this day as Coptic Calendar.
Today, the Egyptian Coptic Church will celebrate the Nairouz  or rather "Ni-Yarouou" Day.
It is known that Egyptian farmers are still using the Ancient Egyptian Calendar till this day due to its accurate timing when it comes to weather.
Of course, I shall not forget that it is 9/11 and I pray that this won't happen again.
I pray for the 9/11 victims whether those who were killed on that or killed after it.

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