Local Egyptian-Americans mourn casualties, hope for peace

Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 5:44 PM
Last updated Friday, Aug 16, 2013 1:30 AM
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Egypt’s soaring death toll left Dr. Mohamed Al-Shabrawey asking a troubling question: “How many? How many?”

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Doctor Mohammed Elsalanty moved to the United States twelve years ago. His parents live near the Cairo protests.   SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Doctor Mohammed Elsalanty moved to the United States twelve years ago. His parents live near the Cairo protests.


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Al-Shabrawey, an associate professor at Georgia Regents Uni­versity’s College of Dental Medicine and the Medical College of Georgia, could hardly comprehend the casualties that continued to rise Thursday as the nation sorted through bloodied bodies.

More than 600 were killed during clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

The Arab nation needs to settle the conflict peacefully instead of resorting to brutality, Al-Shabrawey said.

“I expected the administration to leave some room for a more peaceful end to conflict,” he said.

Al-Shabrawey, originally from Mansoura, Egypt, said his disappointment also falls on the Mus­lim Brotherhood. The opposing forces insist on extreme actions that take lives, he said.

“I feel pain. I cry hard when I see (images of) all these bodies,” he said.

Wednesday’s brutal police methods reversed progress toward a democratic nation, said Dr. Mohammed Elsalanty, also an associate professor at the dental school. He said he fears the killings will lead to further instability in Egypt.

“They are lighting the fuse,” he said. “It will only trigger more and more demonstrations in the country.”

Dr. Hossam Fadel, a retired physician from Martinez, said it’s disturbing to watch the conflict in his home country. Being so far away, the best he can do to help and support Egyptians is speak out on the need for the U.S. to cut off military aid to the country, Fadel said.

“The U.S. should not stand for that,” he said.

For local Egyptian-Amer­icans, the turmoil stirs fears about the safety of family and friends closer to the fighting. Elsalanty calls his parents every day. They live just a few miles from the center of the protests in Cairo. He also reads Facebook updates from friends treating the wounded at makeshift hospitals.

“Life is paralyzed for them, basically,” he said. “People just want a quick settle to it so they can get along with their lives.”

During a visit to Cairo in June, Al-Shabrawey sensed tension and division but said the streets were calm. He can’t grasp how the peace turned to violence so quickly; on Thursday he learned that his cousin was undergoing an operation after being shot twice.

Fadel said that his few relatives in Egypt are safe but that it’s difficult to be reassured of their safety.

“We always have to be hopeful,” he said. “But frankly, I don’t see any immediate hope.”

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JRC2024
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JRC2024 08/15/13 - 10:23 pm
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I bet the two doctors are

I bet the two doctors are glad they left. AS Dr. Fadal said "The US should not stand for that" and I agree". All aid shoiuld be cut off from that part of the world. We need the money here so badly for our people and our way of life. It seems they will never in a million years change their beliefs.

brightside0711
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brightside0711 08/16/13 - 01:27 am
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I agee
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1 BILLION a year to Egypt. Cut it off now.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/16/13 - 06:43 am
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Peace loving or chaos loving? The proof is in the streets.
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Peace loving or chaos loving? The proof is in the streets.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/16/13 - 06:45 am
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Obamasiah is creating chaos in the middle east. He's on target.
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Obamasiah is creating chaos in the middle east. He's on target.

Darby
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Darby 08/16/13 - 11:35 am
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"We need the money here so badly for

our people and our way of life."

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So true. On the other hand, if we don't send it over there, OzBama will just do another end run around the Congress and the Constitution and waste it all on more of his coveted social engineering projects.

Six of one, half a dozen of the other, don't you know?

At the rate things are progressing in this country, Americans may, at some point, begin to sneak into Mexico. Maybe even Egypt, who knows?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/16/13 - 01:45 pm
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Weak

Why, oh why, does our president go before the TV cameras and plead? Just yesterday he said something like, “The Egyptian people deserve better than this. I call upon the Egyptian military to end the escalating cycle of violence.”

His whimpering cries are a sign of weakness to the Middle Easterners.

tom31510
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tom31510 08/16/13 - 03:24 pm
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Obama

You know Obama isn't too concerned about this international disaster, if he was he would have made his statements on the Leno show.

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Fiat_Lux 08/16/13 - 05:10 pm
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I found this online, and it is very much worth reading

regarding this horribly distressing situation in Egypt.

https://www.sat7usa.org/understanding-the-present-situation-in-egypt

It describes what's going on without the lame sleaze media standard take on who the victims are and who the instigators are. It's a very useful perspective for reporting to regular, normal Americans.

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Kingbiscuitboy 08/16/13 - 10:49 pm
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Peace

The Arab WORLD needs to settle conflicts peacefully instead of resorting to brutality.

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