Egyptians need jobs;
they want tourists
more than military aid
Special correspondent reports:
In the (K)now correspondent Alex Ghawi on Tuesday visits The Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis.Click to enlarge. © SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.
Twenty-two year old Alex Ghawi, a resident of Falun, Sweden, reports from Egypt this morning that Egyptians he has met in Cairo are seeking “help” from the outside world.
Since his arrival in the strife-torn country a mere 24-hours ago, Ghawi has been reporting exclusively for In the (K)now blog.
“I’ve traveled to basically every area if Cairo,” today (Tuesday), he said via email. “Today I realized that people here need us right now. Not in a militaristic kind of way either, they need us to help themselves,” he writes from Cairo.
“We are all asking the wrong questions. Or at least I am.
“I was thinking; how do they feel? Why? What should the UN do?
“We should ask ourselves: why the hell aren’t we [visiting] there [as tourists] and supplying these people with jobs so that they can get up on their feet again?”
Al Jazeera reports the Muslim Brotherhood has rejected a proposal for a transition from military rule.
Meanwhile. Al Jazeera is reporting that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has rejected a timetable for transition from military rule.
In Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood rejects timetable it reports: “The Muslim Brotherhood party has rejected the transition timetable set out by the military-backed interim president.
“Essam el-Erian, a senior Brotherhood figure and deputy head of its Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, rejected the transition timetable on Tuesday, saying it takes the country “back to zero.”
On the streets, Ghawi has made some insightful observations.
“Today I saw a boy not older than 15 cleaning a highway filled with traffic using a shovel, a highway! For f**k’s sake!,” he reports
“Upon asking my guide what the boy was doing I was [told]: “he is working.”
Ghawi noted that since [the overthrow of former President Mohamed] Morsi, “everyone has started working again. They didn’t want to, though.
“[Morsi] thoroughly explained that Egyptians are inherently lazy and don’t care for work. But now they realize that they have to.”
Ghawi was impressed with the activity he saw.
“It was amazing! Everywhere I looked from that point on I saw another example of it.
Alex Ghawi, In the (K)now correspondent in Egypt tries out riding a camel at the Giza Pyramid.© SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.
“Literally, every 50 meters, I saw someone sweeping pathways, fixing broken furniture, savaging supplies from ditches or rebuilding houses.
“They fixed the houses in groups of threes – by the way this wasn’t any construction company. This was everyone collectively coming to a point where all the dust is about to settle and all you see is how best to fix your current situation.”
Ghawi note that most of those working to fix their communities are unemployed.
“The majority of these people literally don’t have a job,” he wrote.
“My guide told me that last time he guided a tourist was approximately a month ago. They complain because there are no jobs; well then what jobs do most people have? Tourism related jobs!”
There are no jobs, Ghawi added, “because there are no tourists! I understand that the issue also is a diplomatic one and that it is important to politically stabilize the country, but many people here are literally sitting around waiting for tourists to come by so they can make a living again.”
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