January 01, 2006
Eyewitness Account of Cairo Police Raid on Sudanese Sit-In
An eyewitness account by Nora Younis of the Egyptian police raid on the Sudanese refugee sit-in in Cairo, complete with onsite photos and interesting commentary, including from other Egyptians, at bottom. So much for inter-African solidarity, I guess.
Posted by Matthew Hogan at January 1, 2006 01:34 PM
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since when has inter-african soildarity EVER been even a pipe dream?
Posted by: drdougfir at January 1, 2006 04:32 PM
"interafrican solidarity" never included north africa. egyptians do not think of themselves as "africans", and skincolor-based racism is very pervasive through the MENA region.
so this is actually quite normal for egypt. in a sense, the killings during the elections are much, much more "abnormal" (& perceived as such) than the "clearing of a sudanese protest camp".
Posted by: raf* at January 1, 2006 04:53 PM
My jibe at interafrican solidarity was at the Africa-myth romantics in the Western Hemisphere (including Rastas)-- as well as South African Bikoites -- and the five or so still-living NKrumahites and Nasserites. The bigotry of MENA folks to subSaharans is notorious; one does not have to travel outside American convenience stores to pick it up. The lack of any uniform African consciousness or culture even subSahara is also ill-appreciated.
Posted by: matthew hogan at January 2, 2006 05:45 AM
reminds me of that time i TA'ed african history and had to wean my students of concepts like "the african nation" as well as confront them with the SHOCKING fact that africans went on raids to enslave other africans.
these (mis)perceptions also explain how african-american college students can choose for their "year abroad" to go to egypt to "get back to their roots" ... and then seek in vain for any "nubian queens" at the american university of cairo.
Posted by: raf* at January 2, 2006 09:07 AM
This raid is a crime against humanity. If 20 Italians had been killed somewhere it would be all over the media and the Pope, the US President and Kofi Anan would be howling.
Where is the outrage? Is it just a regrettable mistake? My God - they just massacred a bunch of squatters because they wouldn't move? What would Ghandi say? Guess civil disobedience doesn't work if the world accepts the murder of brown people.
Explain to me how I am misreading this situation. I cannot comprehend it.
Posted by: Leila at January 2, 2006 11:56 AM
Raf* and Matthew, correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't all those people black?
everyone knows that black people don't matter, especially in egypt.
Posted by: drdougfir at January 2, 2006 01:15 PM
My dear Leila,
Welcome to reality. Afraid Sudanese refugees are not that attractive. Of course their demands were also quite absurd - there are not get into the West Free Cards anymore, for better or worse, and UNHCR can't change that.
Else, Egyptians were just following a long standing tradition. Have to uphold traditions, you know.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at January 2, 2006 02:25 PM