In Egypt, the water from the Nile, vital and wasted

“I barely produce enough to feed my home and my animals”, Nour Eldine sighs. The peasant, with his weathered face and callused hands, hardened by a life of work, thinks of the ancient times when the land in Egypt was a wealth. A single harvest could then be sufficient to pay the dowry of a son or daughter to be married off.

In Harbashant, some 150 km south of Cairo, the water supply has been scarce for two years. The crops and income of this 60-year-old farmer suffered. In this large village of 15,000 inhabitants housed in small brick buildings, the lack of water has impoverished all the families.

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Previously confined to the north of the delta, these shortages are worsening, to the point today “Generalized to the whole of the Nile valley”, says researcher Saker El Nour, an Egyptian agricultural specialist associated with the Institute for Development Research. Dependent on highly water-consuming irrigation, smallholders are the first victims of this crisis.

Flood agriculture

Their method, called by flooding, consists of submerging all the cultivated soil. To do this, a network of canals, controlled by the State, feeds the channels that crisscross their plots. In Harbashant, “The level of the canal has dropped by a quarter and no longer allows water to flow through the fields”, explains Nour Eldine.

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In his field, covered with a down of fodder plants, the earth has cracked. “The soil dries up on the days when it is no longer irrigated, and the plants start to die, they no longer grow, he worries. Last year the corn on the cob was so small that I couldn’t sell it. My harvest has shrunk by two-thirds. “

For him, there is no doubt that the source of his misfortunes is more than 2,000 km to the south, in Ethiopia. It is there, on the Blue Nile, the main tributary of the Nile, that the great Renaissance dam is currently emerging from the ground, destined to become the largest hydroelectric power station in Africa.

Of course, the years of filling its immense basin risk reducing the flow of the river and therefore the share of water that reaches Nour Eldine, and to Egypt as a whole. But the dam does not explain the current shortage.

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“Of course the dam will have an impact if the rainy season is weak and Ethiopia retains water in the basin. But this year, there was no impact ”, notes Sherif Fayyad, agronomist at the Egyptian Desert Research Institute. Because, luckily this year, the rainy season has been abundant in Ethiopia. Egypt was thus able to conserve its share of the Nile water: 55.5 billion cubic meters of water per year. State-regulated distribution to the irrigation canals of the Nile Valley therefore remains officially stable.

Unequal conditions of access to water

“So where does the water go?” “, asks Saker El Nour. According to him, the shortages are due to both the degradation of irrigation canals and the diversion of water from the Nile to cultivated land in the desert and to the edges of the delta.

Over the past 30 years, the cultivated area in Egypt has thus gained nearly 3 million feddans (1 feddan = approx. 4,000 m2). The majority of these farms, irrigated by drip, depend on groundwater. “But 20% of these ‘new lands’ are fed by the Nile, which affects the ‘old lands'”says Sherif Fayyad. “Foreign investors are granted unlimited access to the water of the Nile for crops that are not intended for the Egyptian market”, denounces Saker El Nour. “Is it normal that a country that lacks water like Egypt is the world’s largest exporter of oranges? “, questions the researcher, who condemns the “Inequalities in access to water”.

In Egypt, the water from the Nile, vital and wasted

Because, faced with the massive support given to agribusiness focused on export, the state is just starting to renovate the irrigation canals, responsible for “heavy water losses”, according to Saker El Nour. Last year, the government announced plans to re-seal a third of the network to fight against infiltration. Ultimately, the authorities hope to save 5 billion cubic meters of water per year.

In total, by adding rainwater harvesting and groundwater to the Nile, annual natural resources amount to 60 billion cubic meters. However, the country’s needs are estimated at 80 billion. More than half of this deficit is filled by the treatment of wastewater and, to a much lesser extent, by the desalination of seawater. This share is set to rise thanks to a plan of more than 7 billion euros. euros, spread until 2050.

In addition to diversifying its resources, Egypt is trying to reduce the consumption of the agricultural sector which swallows up 80% of its water while domestic use is barely more than 5%, despite the population explosion. In terms of agriculture, the state has drastically limited for ten years certain crops that require too much water, such as rice and bananas.

Sherif Fayyad wants to go further, however, in favor of“A national strategy” to distribute the crops, according to their water needs, between the Nile valley and the desert. To encourage smallholders to turn to more economical methods, he also calls for a “Massive state support”.

This help, the farmers of Harbashant no longer expect it. To compensate for the drop in the level of the canal, some pump groundwater. Too expensive an installation for Sayed Marzouk. This 27-year-old farmer is already working at a loss. The land, inherited after the death of his father, became for him, the eldest of the family, “a burden”. Her brother preferred to work in a hotel in Alexandria. Nour Eldine sent him two of his three sons to Cairo. “It’s not just our village,” he says, “all the youth of the Nile Valley have left. “

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Sharing the waters of the Nile

The Blue Nile, which originates in Ethiopia and crosses Sudan – where it joins the White Nile – alone provides about 85% of the Nile water on which Egypt depends more than 90%.

1929. The British power recognizes the natural and historical right of Egypt on the waters of the Nile.

1959. By a treaty, Egypt and Sudan grant themselves respectively 66% and 22% of the average flow of water, and ignore Ethiopia.

1970. Egypt is building the Aswan Dam.

1999. The eleven riparian states come together in the Nile Basin Initiative for concerted management.

2010. Through the Entebbe agreement, several upstream countries contest the 1959 treaty.

2011. Ethiopia begins construction of the Renaissance Dam.

2020. She begins to fill the dam.

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Handball: The fight for the World Cup

Sport Fight for handball world championship

Players protest, but the head of the association does not consider a postponement necessary

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In the struggle for the ball: Patrick Wiencek (2nd from left) and Finn Lemke (right) during the game against Bosnia-Herzegovina In the struggle for the ball: Patrick Wiencek (2nd from left) and Finn Lemke (right) during the game against Bosnia-Herzegovina

In the struggle for the ball: Patrick Wiencek (2nd from left) and Finn Lemke (right) during the game against Bosnia-Herzegovina

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The global championship fights for handball players should start in six weeks. While there is resistance among the players, world association boss Moustafa defends the plans. “We do not currently consider a postponement necessary,” he says.

Eines is very important to Hassan Moustafa. Monetary considerations are by no means the top priority for him when he looks at the global championships in his home country. The Egyptian has headed the world handball association IHF for 20 years, and the World Cup in the desert state is set to rise in six weeks. Another high point in the presidential reign and a great source of income for the sport.

“For the IHF, it’s not about finances at first,” Moustafa explains to WELT. “Since we are in the fortunate position of having a healthy financial situation, a rejection would not hurt us so much. However, this would have an enormous impact on the handball industry and the sport itself. “

Moustafa and colleagues are currently facing a balancing act. On the one hand, it is important to ensure the health of the players, coaches and supervisors at the World Cup, which starts on January 13th, on the other hand, the industry could not accept a completely understandable cancellation due to the worsening corona pandemic worldwide . The fact that there is increasing resistance to hosting the tournament makes the work of the Egyptian functionary and his colleagues more difficult.

Four players infected

The fact that the World Cup is to be played with a record number of 32 nations for the first time is proving to be a Herculean task. The expansion with many more travelers from all over the world increases the risk for those involved on site to become infected with the corona virus.

Head of the International Handball Federation for 20 years: Hassan Moustafa

Head of the International Handball Federation for 20 years: Hassan Moustafa

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The German national team only recently had to find out. After the European Championship qualifiers in Düsseldorf against Bosnia-Herzegovina (25:21) and in Tallinn against Estonia (35:23), four players fell ill with Corona. Some like the Minden director Juri Knorr showed severe symptoms such as high fever and chills. Since this experience at the latest, they have been warned of international duels in the camp of the German Handball Federation (DHB).

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Numerous handball players are now openly expressing their doubts about the meaning and purpose of the major event in Egypt, which is scheduled for two and a half weeks. “I still see the World Cup critically, and the positive cases now confirm my opinion,” says Germany’s defense chief Hendrik Pekeler.

And his Kiel team-mate Patrick Wiencek criticized: “There is nothing more important than health. And unfortunately some people quickly forget that. We are the ones who are on the record. And unfortunately we are not included in such discussions, whether it makes sense or not. “

“Players are in a bubble”

If Moustafa has its way, however, such doubts and worries are quite unfounded. “We’re still very interested in hosting the event,” he says. The Medical Task Force of the IHF and the medical commission of the World Cup organization, in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization, carefully drafted a catalog of precautionary measures.

“As soon as they arrive at the airport, the players have to take their temperature and undergo quick corona tests,” said the president. This is followed by a so-called PCR test (polymerase chain reaction, a particularly reliable test procedure) in the team hotel. “Then,” explains Moustafa, “a PCR test is carried out every 72 hours to ensure that the players are not infected. Upon arrival, the players also receive their personal protective equipment. “

Severe symptoms: Germany's playmaker Juri Knorr

Severe symptoms: Germany’s playmaker Juri Knorr

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In order to prevent the World Cup from going down in sports history as a Corona hotspot, Moustafa and the organizers of the title fights are relying on further precautionary measures. “In general, the bubble concept is used. The players are in a bubble with no external contact allowed. A social distance of 1.5 meters should also be used inside the bladder and avoidable contact should be avoided, that is, no shaking hands, no hugging, ”said the 76-year-old handball boss.

“Players have to leave the field immediately after the game. In addition, all player areas are regularly disinfected and hand disinfectants are made available at all important points such as the entrance and exit of the arena, the playing field or the changing rooms. There are Covid-19 officials in all hotels and arenas to monitor the situation. “

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However, it seems doubtful whether such planning is sufficient to fully guarantee local health. “Of course we cannot foresee the development of the pandemic,” admits Moustafa. “But we planned with different scenarios because we want to hold the event as planned. Not for us, but for everyone who loves handball. We are continuously monitoring the situation and currently do not consider any postponement necessary. “

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Pictures of “Ibn Hamido” .. How did “Ismail Yassin” return in 2020?

Moussa loved the profession of photography from an early age, and says that he touched that love since he was in the sixth grade of primary school, until he grew up with that attachment, until the hobby of childhood turned into a profession after that, specifically 5 years ago, driven by his parents’ encouragement for him greatly since he was young.

“I did not want to be a traditional photographer, I make sure to do something special that sticks in people’s minds, even once a year .. Hence the idea of ​​photographing famous characters from foreign films, in the streets of the city,” relying on a model and a fashion designer, Moussa says to the website Sky News Arabia.

The photographer continued his passion for the idea of ​​embodying famous personalities, until he finally implemented the idea of ​​filming Ismail Yassin, which was widely appreciated on social media, and presented it positively to the audience, given the attachment of people to the personality of the late artist, especially the character of “Ibn Hamido” that Yassin embodied.

Abdo says: “I want to do a special work so that people can remember me .. And by chance I found the application of” TikTok “on a person called Amr Yasser, who embodies the character of Ismail Yassin fluently. Taking advantage of the availability of our fishing grounds in Damietta. “

Months passed until he was able to communicate with the young man who simulates the character of Ismail Yassin, and they agreed together to photograph the character of “Ibn Hamido” in Damietta, but a number of obstacles prevented the implementation of the idea for two years, including the circumstances of the Corona virus, until we were finally able to photograph the “Seshin” Which was published in a special time (the tenth day of October at ten in ten minutes), after an agreement with a fashion designer to design fishermen uniforms similar to the outfit of “Ibn Hamido” in the famous movie.

The pictures that Abdo shared through “Social Media” show clips of his colleague Amr Yasser, while he simulates the movements of the character of Ibn Hamido, the famous character who excelled in representing Ismail Yassin in the cinema and is widely known, with quotes from the most famous “Qafshat” famous that he used to repeat in scenes Different personality.

These photos created a state of nostalgia, as shown by the comments circulating on them via the “social media”.

Abdo, who is currently preparing to photograph and embody a new international artistic figure, notes that he and his colleague used to watch the film about 20 times per month during the long preparations period.

He adds, “The group that was published represents a commemoration of an artist not disputed by two. I did not want to present something vulgar, such as portraying a naked woman or otherwise..I wanted to present real value, and remind people of the beautiful time and its artists.”

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a hot final between Egyptian clubs Al-Ahly and Zamalek

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The final of the African Champions League will oppose two rival clubs, Al-Ahly and Zamalek on Friday. The fiery duels of these two Cairo teams have long dominated Egyptian and African football.

For the first time in its history, the final of the African Champions League, Friday, November 27, will see two clubs from the same country, but also from the same city: the big rivals Cairo Al- Ahly and Zamalek.

Former Arab League boss Amr Moussa, himself born in Cairo, has even gone so far as to nickname them “the two biggest popular parties” in Egypt. The historic rivalry between Al-Ahly and Zamalek has escalated recently, especially after their Egypt Supercopa encounter in September 2019, which Al-Ahly won 3-2. The match had been followed by incidents.

“Ahly and Zamalek are like brothers, and unfortunately fanaticism only exists among the supporters,” said Hazem Emam, ex-Zamalek and national team player.

Al-Ahly has already won the African Champions League title eight times and Egyptian champion 42 times. Zamalek has pocketed the African title five times, tied with the Congolese club Tout Puissant Mazembé, and has 12 Egyptian titles.

Tensions around this meeting

The historic rivalry between Al-Ahly and Zamalek raises fears of excesses between the supporters, pushing the authorities of the country to put themselves on high alert.

On Monday, Egyptian Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi called for a meeting to say “no to fanaticism” at the international stadium in Cairo. Despite this call for moderation, spirits began to heat up on television sets, which prompted the National Media Authority to suspend several programs.

The country’s governorates are on high alert due to possible incidents between supporters, but the government says it has not imposed a curfew. Fans should be able to watch the game on television in clubs or youth centers, but not in cafes and public places.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the meeting will take place behind closed doors in Cairo. In a joint statement, the African Football Confederation (CAF) and the Egyptian Football Federation (EFA) justified their decision by assuring that “their top priority was to ensure the safety of Egyptian and African football families”. The final will therefore be held without spectators in the international stadium in Cairo, with a capacity of 74,000 seats.

The Covid-19 invites itself into the locker rooms

At the same time, the Covid-19 came to disrupt the two teams after the infection of the players of Ahly Walid Soliman, Mahmoud Abdelmoneim “Kahraba”, Saleh Gomaa, and that of Zamalek Mahmoud Hamdi “Al-Wansh”, as well as the assistant coach Medhat Abdelhadi. Other players, like Hazem Emam and Mohamed Hassan from Zamalek, are recovering from recovery.

According to Hazem Emam, “team football” has been Al-Ahly’s hallmark since the arrival of South African coach Pitso Mosimane in October. He replaced Switzerland’s René Weiler, using goalkeeper Mohamed el-Shenawi and star player Mohamed Magdi “Afsheh” as major assets. Ahly can also count on Tunisian defender Ali Maaloul, Malian midfielder Aliou Dieng and Nigerian striker Junior Ajayi.

Zamalek coach, the Portuguese Jaime Pacheco, for his part, says he is confident in his players, their strong personalities, their ability to “please the supporters”. With his former French coach Patrice Carteron, Zamalek won the African Supercup in February in the United Arab Emirates against Esperance Tunis (3-1). If Mahmoud Hamdi “Al-Wensh”, one of Egypt’s best defenders, will be absent, Mahmoud Alaa will be there to compensate.

To reach this final, Al-Ahly qualified by beating Wydad of Casablanca (2-0 and 3-1). And Zamalek won over Raja Casablanca (1-0 and 3-1), after several postponements of matches due to the new coronavirus.

The two teams have already faced each other in the Champions League in 2005, 2008, 2012 and 2013. Al-Ahly have won five times and three matches have ended in a draw. But this is the first time that the two rivals from Cairo have faced each other for the supreme title of African football.

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Arrested human rights activist: My friend Gasser

Journalistic distance? Sometimes that doesn’t work. A good friend of our Egypt correspondent was arrested. The story of a friendship.

Gasser Abdel Razek is a prominent human rights activist in Egypt Photo: private

I stare at my computer screen for hours. How do you report objectively and with journalistic distance that one of your best friends has been arrested? In a country where journalism itself has been fatal for some colleagues? Gasser Abdel Razek has been one of my best friends in Egypt for many years.

Last year I asked him to be my best man. When I was in Iraq for weeks in 2004, reporting on the war, Gasser helped out at home in Cairo with my then small children. They have now grown up, but Gasser has remained an “uncle” for them.

We have long feared that he might be arrested. His work is too much a thorn in the side of those in power. As head of one of the last remaining human rights organizations in the country, Gasser knew the risk.

He knew that publishing reports of arbitrary arrests, torture, unfair trials, the death penalty, and the curtailment of the right to freedom of assembly and the freedom of the press always ran the risk of one day taking turns.

Muhammad Bascheer and Karim Ennarah, two employees of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), which he heads, were arrested earlier this month. The arrests followed a meeting in the organization’s office with 13 ambassadors and embassy representatives, most of them from the EU, including the German ambassador.

He packed his bag and waited

The diplomats had been briefed on the human rights situation in the country. That, Gasser was convinced, was the reason why his colleagues were arrested. He suspected what would happen next. He sent his wife and two sons to the Fayoum oasis, an hour and a half from Cairo. Then he packed his bag and waited at home to be picked up himself. The time had come on November 19th.

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On the night of his arrest, he was interrogated by prosecutors and officially charged the next morning. He is said to be a member of a terrorist organization. He is also accused of jeopardizing the security of the state with false reports.

I remember many trips with Gasser through the Egyptian desert. When we let the cars slide over the sand dunes for days, when we dug them out of the sand because they got stuck, and then sat around the campfire at night – in the most beautiful 5 million star hotel in the world. We often talked about the human rights situation while Gasser, an ambitious cook, was preparing one of his gourmet meals at the alcohol stove in the middle of the desert.

Two cars in the desert, a windbreak is stretched between them, a man is standing on the roof of one car

Gasser Abdel Razek on one of the excursions into the desert Photo: private

As passionate as he is about cooking, so is he about his work. It makes no difference whose human rights are to be defended. Whether under the ousted Hosni Mubarak in 2011, the Muslim Brotherhood President Muhammad Mursi or the former military and current head of state Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Gasser defended everyone whose human rights were violated in Egypt for 25 years.

He fights for equal rights for all

He never made a difference whether these people were secular, Islamist, communist, liberal or veiled. Whether they wore a Salafist or Che beard, whether they were discriminated against Christians or homosexuals – for Gasser they all have the same rights. I hardly know anyone who has such clear principles as he does.

So how do you write about your arrested friend – objectively? Last Monday, Gasser was brought before the public prosecutor’s office again. His head was shaved. He told his attending lawyers that he was sitting in an isolation cell in the notorious Torah prison in Cairo with a metal bed without a mattress or bedding.

He only has the thin clothes that he is wearing. The warmer things had been taken from him, like all other personal items that he had brought with him. He was cold, he told the lawyers. Last night I lay awake in my warm bed in Cairo and thought of my friend in the cold cell. How can I report about it objectively?

One could write about the worldwide reactions to Gasser’s arrests. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called for Gasser’s immediate release, supported by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. The EU and members of the EU Parliament have condemned his arrest. Numerous governments of countries whose ambassadors were present at the meeting with Gasser in Cairo protested, including the German human rights commissioner Bärbel Kofler.

A warning from the designated US Secretary of State

International human rights organizations such as Amnesty and Human Rights Watch make statements behind Gasser, whose organization she has provided with information over the years. Perhaps particularly serious for the regime in Cairo: Anthony Blinken, nominated by Joe Biden as the future US Secretary of State, also condemned the arrest in a tweet. “Meeting with foreign diplomats is no more a crime than standing up peacefully for human rights,” he wrote.

But one could also ask what all these international protests are really worth if they don’t even lead to Gasser getting a mattress on his cell bed. At least to the outside world, the regime in Cairo has so far been defiant. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry refuses to interfere in internal affairs and accuses EIPR of violating existing laws.

How seriously are these many protest notes actually meant? After all, in many western capitals, Arab autocrats like al-Sisi are seen as a guarantor of stability in the region, as a bulwark in the fight against terrorism and as a partner in preventing refugees from crossing the Mediterranean.

The third largest arms importer in the world

And they want to continue to earn money selling arms to Egypt. The country on the Nile is now the third largest arms importer in the world. The USA and France are among the most important suppliers. A third of the value of arms imported into Egypt between 2015 and 2019 came from French production. This year, Egypt also holds first place in German arms exports with 585.9 million euros to date. Thyssenkrupp has supplied the country with four submarines. Further arms sales from Italy valued at $ 9.8 billion are also under discussion.

In contrast, my friend Gasser looks very small in his cold cell in Cairo, although he is actually much bigger. When Gasser was transported back to prison by the public prosecutor’s office on Monday, his wife Mariam caught a glimpse of him through the barred window of the prisoner transporter.

The only thing that Gasser could briefly call outside was: “Mariam, give my regards to our children. I love you. ”Mariam will be allowed to visit him for the first time after 30 days in prison.

I have argued time and again that good journalism for me means being very close, turning the objects of reporting into subjects who tell their stories, about which the readers can then form an opinion.

Tomorrow I will visit Mariam and her two sons, ten year old Khalil and seven year old Murad. I will sit at the kitchen table where I would often laugh, play and debate with them for hours. We’ll talk about Gasser, my friend and best man, who is just a few hundred meters away as an “accused terrorist” in prison. And it will be too close to report on.

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Abdullah Al-Sharif’s comment on the fall of Muhammad Ramadan provokes an interaction

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Egypt .. A big drop in subsidies for petroleum products

Al-Mulla said in statements to “Reuters” that “subsidies for petroleum products fell to 3.9 billion pounds (249.8 million dollars) in the first quarter from 7 billion pounds that were in the budget, compared to 7.25 billion pounds in the same period last year.”

The Ministry of Finance in Egypt aims to have petroleum subsidies for the current fiscal year amounting to 28.193 billion pounds.

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Naguib Sawiris after the picture of Muhammad Ramadan with an Israeli singer: I stayed on the passport

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris commented on the uproar that engulfed social networking sites after the image of Egyptian artist Mohamed Ramadan and Israeli singer, Omir Adam.

Sawiris said in a tweet on his Twitter page: “From one hour the subject of the picture of Muhammad Ramadan with the Israeli singer, what happened did not happen to me on Passport, anyone who wants to imagine with me !!! For a problem not everyone walks in Passport.”

It is reported that the Egyptian artist published a photo of him in military uniform, saying in a comment on the controversy: “I respect the union’s decision despite my explanation of my position on the subject of my picture with an Israeli, and I don’t know his nationality, and if I knew I would have refused photography ..”

He continued, saying: “Secondly, the place (a restaurant) is not a private party, and I used Arabic, English and French songs, and when the Israeli song worked, I don’t know what was supposed to be. I was calling my companion and I was in an Arab country. Stopping me from acting in Egypt. Thank you, Syndicate of Theatrical Professions … Thank you for the production company for canceling the series next Ramadan .. Thank you, my fans, for not supporting me.

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“Cancellation of the series” and Muhammad Ramadan stopped acting … and the artist replies with a picture in a military suit and a comment

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Following the Egyptian artist, Mohamed Ramadan, on the decision of the Syndicate of Acting Professions in Egypt to suspend him after the uproar that swept over social networking sites because of a picture of the artist with the Israeli singer, Omir Adam.

Muhammad Ramadan’s response came in a post on his official Facebook page, publishing a photo of him in military uniform, writing: “I respect the union’s decision despite my explanation of my position on the subject of my picture with an Israeli, and I don’t know his nationality, and if I knew I would have refused to photograph ..”

Ramadan continued: “Secondly, the place (a restaurant) is not a private party, and it plays Arabic, English and French songs, and when the Israeli song worked, I don’t know what it was supposed to be. I was calling my companion and I was running in the elevator and I did not do what ?!”

He added, “I am in an Arab country, and the position is new to us, regret, and despite my explanation to Mr. Al-Naqib, I was suspended from acting in Egypt. Thank you, the Representative Professions Syndicate … Thank you, the production company, for canceling the next Ramadan series .. Thank you, my fans, for not supporting me.”

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With pictures … Yasmine Sabry receives “Our Lady of the Rain”

The Egyptian artist published on her Twitter account pictures that she collected with the “lady of the rain” and her husband, and attached the pictures to a comment: “Al Hajjah Naamat enlivened me today at home. We drank tea with each other and spoke about many needs. She is patient and fighting. Our Lord has health and longevity.”

Earlier, the Egyptian woman revealed that she had received a call from the artist Yasmine Sabry and her businessman husband, Ahmed Abu Hashima.

She stated: “The caller said that he is a businessman, Ahmed Abu Hashima. He was assured of my health and told me that he and his wife (actress Yasmine Sabri) will provide everything I need. Then she spoke to (Yasmine Sabry) and promised me a visit from her to meet my requirements.”

She added, “I grew up happy. I thank God for his grace and people’s interest in my story. I thank the owner of the picture, perhaps it is a sign from the sky at a difficult time.”

The image occupied many Egyptians, while a large number of observers asked about the lady and how to communicate with her to help her, and the pioneers of social networking sites sympathized with her, calling on the Egyptian government to support her.

However, the official response came quickly, as the Minister of Social Solidarity in Egypt, Nevin Al-Kabbaj, directed a team of homeless children and adults to contact “Our Lady of the Rain”, until she was found.

Mrs. Nemat Abdel Hamid, 63, from Beni Suef governorate, suffers from difficult humanitarian conditions, which prompted her to sell “thermos” in the streets of Cairo to meet her family’s needs of living and medicine expenses, as the husband suffers from kidney disease and the woman suffers from pressure, diabetes and shortness of breath.

Egyptian media reported that the Ministry of Social Solidarity team offered to deposit her in one of the shelters until her needs are determined and her file is completed through the case management program, but she refused and asked for a place to stay instead of the room in which she is staying.

Immediately, the Ministry of Social Solidarity coordinated with Giza Governorate to provide a new rental housing unit for the family and to provide urgent assistance to the woman and her family to meet the burdens of living, while her medical file was transferred to the Ministry of Health.

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