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Wednesday, April 05, 2006


Egypt’s Poor Turn to Organ Trafficking
April 4, 2006

Cairo – Experts call organ trafficking the ‘new mafia,’ and the barbaric practice has happened to many Egyptians, Middle East Online reported. This human organ trade is a last resort for the country’s poor who have no other means of survival. Tragically, many do not survive the dangerous ordeal.

According to the report, “The large scars slicing the sides of many Egyptians in impoverished Cairo neighborhoods most probably testify to an illegal kidney sale to a rich fellow countryman or a Gulf Arab who could not find a donor.”

Hamdi al-Sayyed, the head of Egypt's doctors' union explains how easily it happens, “A Jordanian or a Saudi who needs a transplant comes to Egypt accompanied by a relative as an official cover and then looks for an Egyptian or a Sudanese who is ready to sell his organ.” The thousands of dollars obtained through the organ sale are split between the doctor, the donor, and the middle-man.

Aside from the impoverished Egyptians who volunteer to sell their organs, there have also been incidents of organ pilfering. Victims, looking for jobs in the Gulf, are tricked by traffickers into getting a medical examination, only to wake up in a hospital with no kidney.

"This mafia should be busted and the only way to do it is to pass legislation, regulating organ donation,” Sayyed told Middle East Online. As a lawmaker, he has been asking parliament to adopt new legislation implementing serious fines and prison sentences on people found guilty of involvement in illegal organ trafficking.

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New Patriarch for Egypt’s Catholic Copts

April 4, 2006

Alexandria – AllAfrica reported this week that Cardinal Stephanos II Ghattas presented his resignation to Pope Benedict XVI at age 86. Retired Bishop Antonios Naguib of Minya has been elected the new Patriarch of Alexandria of the Catholic Coptic Church. On March 20, he was elected by the Synod of Bishops of the Coptic Church at the St. Joseph’s Convent of the Egyptian Sisters of the Sacred Heart.

This election is a significant event for the 250, 000 Catholic Copts living in Egypt.

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Cathedral Restoration Has Significance for Egypt’s Christians

March 22, 2006

Alexandria - After being the centerpiece for the Greek community of Alexandria, Egypt for 150 years, this Greek Orthodox cathedral is once again open for service following an extensive restoration by the Aristotle Onassis Foundation. According to Middle East Times, the Church of the Annunciation underwent a $600,000 two-year restoration process, which began in 2002. The restoration marks an accomplishment for Christians living in Egypt, as it is an arduous process to do any type of church construction under regulations set by the government of Egypt.

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