Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Egypt - crisis & hope

I passed the stage this morning where protests will continue tonight. Alongside there is anti-Morsi graffiti on the governate building where the police are stationed. And speaking to people - Muslims & Christians - there is a feeling and expectation that President Morsi must go. The queues for fuel, with more and more closed garages, add to the sense that this cannot continue.

"We have seen and experienced what the Muslim Brotherhood are like and we don't want them here in Egypt," was a statement to me this morning. Another Egyptian added:   "It is good you are here at this time of revolution - you can tell people what it is like for us!'            

Whatever happens over the next days and weeks, the faith and hope of our fellow Christians here in Egypt can only encourage us to help them through this time of crisis. One priest, Fr Francis, told me: "We endure very difficult times in Egypt now because of Islamic fundamentalists. Many people find it difficult to get essentials for life and many are very poor. Catechism and teaching children peace is important. Please remember us in prayer and inform others so that they understand how difficult and desperate it is for many Christians here and in the Middle East. We need your compassion. We pray for all at ACN and all our friends in Christ."                


Neville Kyrke-Smith
National Director
Aid to the Church in Need UK

Egypt 02 07 13

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