Thursday, May 9, 2013

Shalateen : See the City You Neglect and then remember

I love how people in Egypt screamed about the Egyptian identity of Hala’ib triangle last month suddenly remembering that there are two cities on our southern borders especially with the renewed debate about the disputed triangle.
El Badil TV team travelled to Shalateen and made a very important short clip about that city. I hope you share it.
Shalateen : See the city and meet the people
Unfortunately the video is not translated still I have summarized the most important remarks in the video. Shalateen is the biggest city in the triangle and is 530 km away from red sea governorate which it follows it officially.
For those who care about the Egyptian identity of Shalateen , there is huge problem in issuing Egyptian ids and birth certificates in the city. From what I understood there is a lot of neglect and red tape involved. 
There is infrastructure in the city. There is no education too as it should. There are couple of schools no operating as it should. There is no health care either in the faraway city as it should. Thought there is a single big hospital “that looks from outside as some hospital in the U.S” like an old man said in the video , it is poorly equipped.
Doctors are inexperienced not to mention that they do not show up at all. You can see how the hospital is poor. After all who would be encouraged to go and to work in a very poor city leaving big cities like Cairo !!
People suffering from kidney failure have to travel to Al Qusayr city. Pregnant women delivering their babies also travel to Al Qusayr to give birth. The lucky ones do not die in the way !! 
The people demand two thing : Healthcare and education.
There is unemployment among youth in the city that depended on trade with Sudan. Now the borders are closed with Sudan for unclear reasons there are no jobs. The elderly got no pensions either.
Another thing I do not understand that is mentioned in the video that the people are not allowed to build their houses with cement. They build their poor houses as you can see in the video with wood. Wood , hot weather and inflammable material cause fire. The people also complain from the distribution of land and residence blocks. I do not understand this either.
This is a quick post, it is tip of the ice berg indeed.
This is from the rare moments we see the city for real in the media aside from the the National security talk. Of course it is hard for journalists to get to Hala’ib city and film there as it is a military zone.
Also you must know that there are amazing youth from NGOs mainly from RESALA NGO who care for Shalateen and have been trying to help the people there as much as they can. I know that they are helping them in digging water wells. Those youth managed to build a mosque for the people in the Shalateen as they requested it.

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  1. Also you must know that there are amazing youth from NGOs mainly from RESALA NGO who care for Shalateen and have been trying to help the people there as much as they can. I know that they are helping them in digging water wells. Those youth managed to build a mosque for the people in the Shalateen as they requested it.

    I hope the people staffing those NGOs are Egyptians and not foreigners. No offense, but Egypt is no place for foreigners. They risk not only their own safety, but an international incident and perhaps even war by traveling to a place like Egypt when there are so many safer countries populated by better people they could be helping.

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  2. May be they neglect the Halayib territory because it is an occupied land, not Egyptian. SO they don't feel the connection to it. Its just a colony of Egypt, an occupied part of Sudan. Look at the people, they loook Sudanese, they talk Sudanese, and it is a military zone, occupied territory.

    This is how foolishly Egyptians are treating it.

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    1. "they look Sudanese, they talk Sudanese"

      Are they black? I don't know Arabic but Debbie Schlussel says Arabs are very racist and call black people "Abeed" or "slaves".

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    2. No, Sudanese like the people of North Sudan, Arab Sudanese not African. They talk in the Sudanese accent, like there is a Khaleeji accent, a morroccan accent, a Levant accent!!

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  3. what a stupid thing! egyptian are african as well wake up bitch

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  4. what a stupid thing! egyptian are african as well wake up stop racism with our own people..we are all african

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  5. Just like when Taba was occupied by Israel, one day, sooner or later, we or our children will witness their liberation and return to the land of their kith and kin.

    What a lying, disingenuous post.

    Long live the rise of Ethiopian Hydro-development.

    You have learned 'nothing' from history.

    We are the ancestors of the Medjay who resisted Lower Egypt and the Ansar who shed their blood for national liberation from the likes of those with your arrogant attitudes.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tpLEIjZFpE&feature=player_embedded

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