*Please share repeatedly to get the word out*
As I documented on the previous blog, I try to remain diligent in reporting attacks in and around Cairo and unfortunately, I decided to come directly home before meeting with friends to tell this story because it is so terrible.
About three hours ago, I received a phone call from a friend of mine who is a teacher and has been living in Egypt for about three or four years. She told me that last night around 7 pm, an American female (reportedly from Mississippi, but I can’t confirm) took a taxi to do some shopping in Maadi. The woman had just arrived to Egypt about a week ago, therefore it is no surprise that she didn’t recognize where the taxi was taking her.
Next thing she knows, the taxi has taken her to an undisclosed location and men pulled her out of the car. They beat, raped and robbed her.
Questions you might be asking:
What was her location?
Please see the above statement that she’d only just come to Egypt a week ago. However, she was in Maadi.
Did she give a description to the police?
When you move to a foreign country, it is hard to identify anyone as they all look the same (ie Chinese babies). So this point is moot.
She picked up the taxi in Maadi. It was not so late. And for all of you wondering if she’s okay, she is on her way back to the US as we speak telling her school this morning (an American school in Maadi, but NOT CAC) that all she wanted to do was “get out of this horrible country.”
Please share this blog with anyone you know living in Egypt. Ladies, please carry some weapon, never go alone and always take trusted drivers although I know sometimes you may not have a choice (in which case, please don’t go alone).
And although I’m sure the victim will never see this blog (why would you ever want to read anything dealing with a place of such a horrendous memory for you), I hope and pray that you’re okay. I couldn’t imagine taking a 12-hour flight alone after the ordeal you’ve been through. And I pray that you are able to preserver despite this horrible incident.
As a friend just told me, “This is supposed to be exciting, an adventure. And then you get here and this happens?” I am hurriedly writing this (so apologies for the continuity), but please warn everyone you know. The school is allegedly on high alert and unsure what actions to take now in protecting their staff.
Egypt wants tourists, but even those that come here to help educate Egyptians are being attacked so why should tourists – whom particularly don’t know the country – ever venture here?
Dear President Morsi,
I understand you have a lot on your plate, but you can’t continue to ignore the increase in crime.