In recent Egyptian news, Dr. Raslan Fadl is being held on trial for administering female genital mutilation to a 13 year old girl, Sohair al-Bata. Solhair died as a result of the procedure and the National Population Council and Egypt’s chief prosecutor have decided to seek justice for Solhair’s death. Although female genital mutilation was outlawed in 2008, the procedure is still administered across the country. Roughly 91% of women ages 15-19 have been circumcized. As I see it, the law was put in to place for a multitude of reasons but first and foremost it is a health and sanitary concern for women. The fact that it is outlawed means that these doctors are administering care and procedure that has no standards or restrictions. These girls are becoming sick, deformed, or even dying as in Solhair’s case. The purpose of the NPC’s “witch hunt” in this case is to make an example out of this doctor in order to prevent further health issues and deaths related to this type of procedure. Even though I have a difficult time empathizing with this custom (because of my Western perspective) I think if this is a cultural tradition the country either needs to regulate the procedure or do exactly what they are trying to accomplish with this prosecution. Protect young girls lives.
Article Author: Nicci Mende
Mohamed Sheta, the editor and publisher of Auto Arabia and a road safety activist shares his thoughts with Egypt Today on road safety in Egypt and the best vehicles for the job. In the article, he informs Egyptian buyers (specifically Egyptian buyers) what to look for in a reliable and safe automobile to be driven in Egypt. He provides resources on where to locate vital information. He also sheds light on some standards that are not regulated by the Egyptian government but should be considered when buying a car. I think the article is extremely informative, as Sheta goes into great lengths on educating Egyptians about the vehicles they are buying. Also, I think it is a good platform for Egyptians to evaluate the current safety standards and practices elsewhere in the world and how it can aim to benefit them as well.
Article Author: Ibrahim El-Shakankiry of Egypt Today
Article Link: http://egypttoday.com/blog/2014/03/06/keep-it-stable/