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FIFA issues security deadline to Egypt over Ghana clash, casts doubt over Cairo venue

Posted On Friday, 11th October 2013
FIFA has cash a huge doubt over Cairo as the venue for the second-leg of the 2014 World Cup playoff clash between Egypt and Ghana by issuing a 28th October deadline for a security plan to guarantee the safety Ghana and FIFA match officials for the game.

There is violence in Egypt

FIFA has cast huge doubt over Cairo as the venue for the second-leg of the 2014 World Cup playoff clash between Egypt and Ghana by issuing a 28th October deadline for a security plan to guarantee the safety Ghana and FIFA match officials for the game.

The world governing body says it would consider switching the venue for the 19 November match scheduled for Cairo if it is not satisfied with security plans by the Egyptian government.

In a strongly-worded letter to the Egyptian FA, the global body ordered the Egyptian FA to look for alternative venues for the match as the security situation in the country escalates.

FIFA said while it is monitoring the security situation in Cairo and other hotspots in the country,  the Egyptian authorities must provide a comprehensive security plan of guaranteeing the safety of the Ghana delegation and FIFA match officials.

The strong response from FIFA follows a protest the Ghana FA this week over the safety and security of the Black Stars for the proposed venue for the second leg of the final qualifier as violence in Egypt escalates.

Egypt had proposed to host the second-leg match in Cairo scheduled for 19 November before fans even though they played all their group World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors when the violence in Egypt was minimal.

Now that the violence is at its all-time high in Egypt, the country’s FA wants to host the World Cup return qualifier against Ghana in Cairo before fans which prompted the GFA to protest.

But FIFA says it need comprehensive security plans before it will decide whether the match will take place in Cairo or not.

“With regards to the recent security situation prevailing in Cairo and in some different spots in Egypt, and in order to ensure that all the parties concerned can organize their matches and play them in a totally safe and secure environment we would like to ask the Egyptian Football Association to coordinate with the national authorities by MONDAY 28th OCTOBER AT THE LATEST, the written security guarantees as well as the global security plan around this match in compliance with the FIFA Stadium, Safety and Security Regulations as of the arrival of the delegations (visiting team and FIFA Match Officials) up to their departure with all the necessary precisions regarding their stay and protection in Cairo,” FIFA wrote in a letter sent to the Egyptian Football Association and the Ghana Football Association on Friday.

“Although all our hopes and wishes sincerely expect that the security situation will go back to normal in a definite manner we would need to consider alternatives in the event that this were not the case in November.

“We will this keep monitoring the situation as possibly revert to you with additional request/enquiries in due course,” the letter signed by the FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke read.

The local league in Egypt has also been halted because of fears of violence erupting during matches as hundreds of protesters and security.

Meanwhile, the violence in Egypt goes on unabated after a suicide bomber rammed his car into an army checkpoint in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, killing four soldiers.

Another three soldiers were wounded in the attack on the Al-Reesa checkpoint just south of North Sinai’s main town of El-Arish, the officials said.

Attacks on the army and police have increased since the army’s July 3 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and a subsequent crackdown on his supporters and members of his Muslim Brotherhood.

Militants have launched a series of brazen attacks this week, after at least 57 people were killed in clashes between security forces and Morsi supporters on Sunday, most of them in Cairo.

On Monday, three people were killed and around 50 wounded when a car bomb exploded outside a security building in Al-Tur, the capital of South Sinai.

In the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya, gunmen killed six soldiers in an attack on an army patrol.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. kuukuphilly says:

    United states of America will be a great place for this game.

  2. milky says:

    This really sucks!!! I really want this game to be played in Egypt! I am a Ghanaian but I love Egypt. Its a shame that government has to mess it up for all these poor people. I’m sure things will abase in the coming weeks and the game would be played in Egypt. I believe Ghana would beat Egypt both home and away but i want the second leg to played in Egypt..So that other countries wouldn’t have anything to complain about.
    All the best Egypt in getting things order.

  3. egyptian says:

    okay … you fear to come and play in egypt .. you can ask fifa to play the two matches in a neutral country and we both will have the same chance but guess what ? ghana wanna beat us by have an advantage of playing in their home ! dirty ways .. and if fifa refuse cairo .. you will play in borg al-arab in alexandria with capacity of 80000 fan ! :D

    • PITO says:

      Egyptian, all your qualifiers prior to this game was played behind closed doors which means your government even knows the potential danger. And yet as for Ghana you want to go ahead and play it in Cairo with OPEN GAtes and Trooping Fans. IDIOTS! This shows egyptians panic when they heard Ghana

  4. Papa Nkrumah says:

    I don’t know why FIFA is playing with the lives of football players like this. Are they saying, in the event Egypt loses at home the fans cannot get round the guards to attack innocent players and officials? And even the mere presence of heavily armed soldiers and anti-bomb squad will send shivers down the bravest of football players any where in the world. If FIFA insists we play in Cairo when the situation does not improve, we should consider boycotting the match. Our lives are more precious than playing in the World Cup. We don’t want another Angola tragedy esp when we can see clearly we are walking into fire.

  5. egyptian says:

    and the sarcastic thing in this matter is that ghana football federation has to pay 30000 dollar because of the riot of their fans in zambia match and they complain of the security of egypt which is away better than their pathetic poor country ! LOL just LOL !

    • milky says:

      c’mon…you really comparing this to the violence in Egypt? c’mon bro…People are getting killed. anyway…i hope Egypt figures things out because i really want Ghana and Egypt to play the second leg in Egypt.

      • egyptian says:

        you really know the nature of violence in egypt ?
        it is only in 2 squares : tharir and rabaa (4) !

        the rest of cairo and other cities are very safe .. and absolutely safer than all pathetic poor african countries !

        • spellBOUND says:

          Egyptian i sense the despair and frustration creeping out of u. lol. calm urself before ur elevated blood pressure sends u to the hospital.

          • egyptian says:

            im already in a shift in hospital now ! at least we have hospitals .. do you have on in ghana ?! i highly doubt !

          • spellBOUND says:

            we have enough to take care of our peaceful countrymen. we dont need one every block to treat suicide bomb victims.

          • milky says:

            Can we talk without actually attacking each other? Its a fact, Egypt is not safe right now. you cant dispute that fact. i understand its only happening in one contained area but I dont think we should ignore that. How many people have dies within the past 2 weeks from violence attacks in Egypt? Cmon bro..lets stop insulting each each other and talk about the current problem Egypt is facing right now with regards to security.

  6. moud says:

    that’s a pic from 2011, nice try though

  7. Speed says:

    @Egyptian, We don’t care whether its 500,000 Egyptian spectators Or more. We only think about the safety of humanity. If your FA likes, let the match be played in Dubai,Saudi Arabia or Even Turkey, we will still thrash you hands down!!!

  8. OMr says:

    Stoooooop this dirty ways Ghana . coz this ways only weak teams perform it to win , Egypt is Safe and the game will be played in Cairo . either u like this or not :)))))

  9. egyptian says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSGaRVu2pos

    this country protest to play in egypt !
    which is :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lehd5FMtCk8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3AFHxpcBnA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwTcUfjrfAs

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_5ieNs2TJk

    and you can search sharm el shekh , aswan , portsaid , alexandria , hurgada and alot to know how level we are before you talking !

    whatever i will never comment again in this topic ! i understand the inferiority complex !

  10. SherifDeen says:

    @Egyptian…UR Moda! Yes we do have hospitals in GHANA.And yes we shall beat pharaohs home and away.I know its a bitter pill to swallow but thats the fact.

  11. selfmade says:

    We will only play in Cairo behind close doors!!! We can’t trust these mean looking Arab soldiers with guns because a suicide bomber can use this occasion to cause the most devastating castrophe the world and Africa will ever known!! Both Ghana and Egyptian players,officials and fans ll be blown apart!!! I have a very big doubt about Cairo venue and my instincts are almost always right!!

    • Moe says:

      You are only a fan, Cant decide where and under what conditions games will be played, Arab soldiers are mean looking ??? No wonder white people dare to walk in black neighborhoods in day light.
      Both Ghana and Egyptian players,officials and fans ll be blown apart!!! ARE YOU SERIES !!
      Are all Ghana people are as stupid as you ?

  12. selfmade says:

    If ruthless armed Arab cowards masquerading as terrorists can kill thousands of innocent civilians without even a knife to defend themselves, how much more a military installations packed with innocent Ghanaian footballers and fans coupled with the mean targets which is the Egyptian fans themselves!!! It a total buffoonery if FIFA allows this game to go on in an unstable volatile environment like Cairo!!! FIFA wake up!!

  13. selfmade says:

    FIFA wake up because this is not an African issue but a serious world issue!!! It doesn’t matter where the riots and senseless killing of these Arabs are taking place,it is still bloody egypt!!! A suicide bomber doesn’t care about the distance he needs to travel to kill innocent souls as long as it ll send a message,he or she doesnt give a fuck!!!! FIFA wake up before u further dent the already soiled reputation of this noble instititution!!!

  14. selfmade says:

    Life shouldn’t be lost because of a mere WC qualifiers!! Ghana has a legitimate concerns here and we have to stand strong to send our concerns to FIFA because security should be the first priority in a football match and we shouldnt allow Egypt to send us into a dangerous warring grounds because of a mere WC qualifier!!! Cairo is unsafe and we risk our lives both egypt and Ghana players playing there!!!!

  15. selfmade says:

    FIFA wake up because egypt and for that matter Cairo is a banana state now!!! Wake up FIFA before any nasty thing happens!!! No matter your intelligence report,it can never ever be equal to that of a terrorists organization!! They have superbly intelligence and they are very skilled in what they do,and that’s why they can bomb world trade center right in the center of new York without a hint!!! Wake up because the Egyptian military itself cannot be fully trusted because it the soldiers that are now fighting among themselves and your guess is as good as mines!!!

  16. selfmade says:

    Cairo is unsafe and FIFA doesn’t care about Africans!!! They are just waiting for a disaster to happens and then they turn round to blame Egypt!! We are tired of this and is about time we become smart from FIFA sheningans!!

  17. Troy says:

    I fear for my players and Supporters cause these Arabs terrorist can do anything. they recently killed our Professor Awuni in Kenya. we dont want to loose more of our people.

  18. freshboi says:

    i wish FIFA will just give Ghana the points fucking retards…talking like yall got no sense, aint nobody tryna die for this game dumb shit and this bitch ass nigga taking about Egypt better than Ghana country wise little fuck…we got peace muthafucka and fuck anyone who doubt me too

    • ZG GH4LIFE says:

      Lol, you just mad becaause all that is being said is true, if it was not true, why is it on international tv worldwide, just watch cnn,we not scared of Egypt,our last clash with you shows that, we want to be safe,i would insult you but you are not worth by bits and bytes.

  19. selfmade says:

    FIFA wake up because terrorists has taken over Cairo and anything, I mean anything can happen!!!!

  20. egyptian says:

    my comment is waiting moderation .. until that happen !
    1- go to youtube home page
    2- add this to the youtube link after the dash (/) :
    watch?v=jSGaRVu2pos

    3- feel shame and help your pathetic country before talking about others countries which are away better than you even they are in their bad cases !

    • egyptian says:

      hahahahahaha 4 % has internet access and this is an achievement omg can’t stop laugh ! LOL

      50 % has a cell phone subscription .. you don’t say ? :) LOL !

      • spellBOUND says:

        Stooping to such low heights does not get any point across. the conversation is about SAFETY! bringing up extra curriculars wont win u any VALID points. nice try though, but u just showed the levels of a desperate man. come again egyptian.

        • ZG GH4LIFE says:

          And yet we still smart enough not to destroy our beloved country like you are, you have it all and still not smart enough to use it,just imagine if we get all that you have, GHANA is shining with the little that we have, we love life than material things,so we dont kill each other for nothing.. AND I MEAN FOR NOTHING, let alone politics, ah laugh at yourself.and please once again dont forget to jump in the lake, am still coming to save u.

      • MamaKAb says:

        You ain’t fooling nobody. From your many trash talks here I know for a fact you are a Nigerian (you use a lot of catch phrases common with loud and obnoxious Nigerians).
        The funny thing is that Egypt and Nigerian were drawn in very easy groups yet couldn’t score as many goals as Ghana but they still have the guts to criticize Ghana.
        I for one know Ghana s going to humiliate Egypt in both matches.

      • bossman k says:

        I will rather live in a country with 4% of the population having internet connection than live in a country where there is a crazy radical suicide bomber on every block waiting to strike. material wealth is nothing if you can’t live long to enjoy it. Mr. egyptian, i suggest you go buy your bulletproof vest as soon as you can before you get shot dead by your own countrymen.

    • Ghanaman says:

      Dumb shit. That video is 2 years old. Ghana since then has had one of the fastest growing economies. Egypt is also VERY poor. Most of the country lives along the nile. 80 million rats relying on only one source of water. When Ethiopia builds that dam you will die of thirst you donkey

  21. Pastor Canada says:

    @Egyptian, you obviously have a myopic worldview. You tend to think that black Africa is impoverish and backward. You seem to have that strewed mindset of people who know nothing about the rest of the world except for their own small world. Where is Egypt? Isn’t it in Africa? I know that sometimes some of our Arab brothers seem to think that North Africa is not part of Africa. By the way is you were to go to your internet you will know that Ghana is not one of the places where people are dying of hunger. Why do you argue that Egypt is peaceful when currently the military government has sent the army to hunt for militants in the Sinai Peninsula? Are the residents of this area not accusing the military as well as the militants of killing innocent women and children? How come you will compare the situation to Egypt to Ghana the doyen of peace in Africa. Please give us a break a stop behaving as if you have extraordinary characteristics that make you better than black skin people.What makes up the human being is not the skin color but the intellect. Obviously this guy Egyptian has a bad upbringing as well as a very very low opinion of himself.

    • spellBOUND says:

      thank u pastor. egyptians desperation to prove any valid points failed.

    • sungato says:

      I’m surprised you guys are falling for this guy.
      he is not an Egyptian. i know Egyptians they don’t talk like that. Anyone can just pick up the name and talk nonsense. i suspect a Zambian or Nigerian obviously. I was talking to an Egyptian at my workplace an he wont even risk going to his country now. Don’t worry Fifa will decide. if we have to play there fine if not we will see.

  22. Troy says:

    Good Comment Pastor. thumbs up.

  23. Troy says:

    I even wish there were no Arabs in Africa so we can have our Peace as one continent.

  24. egyptian says:

    make it again and write these after dash and see egypt

    1-watch?v=Lehd5FMtCk8
    2-watch?v=l3AFHxpcBnA
    3-watch?v=nwTcUfjrfAs
    4-watch?v=6_5ieNs2TJk

    and you can search sharm el shekh , aswan , portsaid , alexandria , hurgada and alot to know how level we are before you talking !

    whatever i will never comment again in this topic ! i understand the inferiority complex !

    • milky says:

      Ghana might not have the money\resources that Egypt has, but we have peace…something that Egypt is lacking at this point. One thing that props up your economy is tourism and at this point due to the violence people are cancelling their trips to Egypt…This is really sad because Egypt have lots of cool things to offer. You economy is not doing too well..this you cant ignore. The US has cancelled its aids to Egypt and this will further hurt your economy because that aid helps alot to stimulate your economy. Bro stop attacking Ghana…We might not have money but we have lots of peace…something lacking in your country right now. Again i was in Egypt a few years ago and the people there were really nice to me…simple because i was from Ghana. I want to go back again but the violence right now is scaring me. All the best with peace in Egypt.

  25. selfmade says:

    @ Egyptian … And do u think we have time to read this nonsenses from your pea brain!!! All that you have wrote is total HOGWASH!!! All the so called cities u are boasting about are nothing but GLORIFY VILLAGE AND DESERT DUDE!!! U have inferiority complex and that’s why u wasting your time here trying to sold us your inferior fill complexes and we ll gladly deal with u!!

  26. selfmade says:

    Stop saying inferiority complex because is obvious is u who is suffering from incurable inferiority complexes and that’s why u are here trying so hard to impress us,u FOOL!!

  27. egyptian says:

    @selfmade i know egypt is burning you :D

    hurghada which is desert and village :D : watch?v=bibPs_0nlQY

    • spellBOUND says:

      Egyptian, how did this conversation transcend from football to resources and infrastructure???? the conversation changed because u couldnt bring forth any valid points. thus resorting to useless talk. i thought u were sensible than that.

      • egyptian says:

        i just showed how level we are and the difference between us as there are guys here said ghana is in the same level with egypt which is LOL and insulting Egypt !

        other thing … i show you that in our worst status , we still away better than any african country :)

        another thing .. all these videos are after 2010 which prove that all these violence is in only 2 squares and the rest of country is very safe !

        you don’t believe ? you can come enjoy visiting egypt and see by yourself and i will pay for you ! just try to have a visa to enter egypt which i think is impossible ! :D

  28. selfmade says:

    I have no problem with u but stop saying inferiority complex because I don’t understand why u are here chatting with fellas who are inferior filled? What’s the sense in it dude!!! Pass your comments without these total bullshits!!

  29. Reef says:

    @egyptian …stupid fool..How can you boast with someone else wealth????Egypt receives $1.55Billion in AID a year from Yankee.Tell us what you guys do/been doing with all that money since 1979..
    TOURISM…Well we all know that those giza pyramids,sphynx,and all were the hardwork of some ancient civilization..not mordern egyptians…Check out Dubai…LOL and they dont even get $1.55 BILLION of free money a year from no one! Egypt bunch of crackheads..THEY USED ALL THE AID MONEY TO SMOKE HASHISH,…BIGGER FOOLS!

    • egyptian says:

      well you are ignorant enough that you don’t know that this aid is military not money ! it is f16 planes and weapons ! and this is not aid .. it is in camp david agreement between egypt and israel ! US have to pay it to keep the security of israel !

      not modern egyptians ? LOL hurguda , sharm elshekh , alexandria , portsaid , ismailia and other cities aren’t enough ? LOL google them and see :)

      about dubai .. UAE is an oil country .. another thing they are arabs which mean all they have is ours .. there is no difference between us ! in 80s we give them a lot of money and now they give us a lot of money :) it is arab business :)

      tell me about your pathetic ghana :)

      • Reef says:

        Fool the figures include both economic and millitary AID!..

        so why is hunger killing 13 million egyptians??

        http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=44961#.UlioblCkoWQ

        • egyptian says:

          hunger what ? hahahahahahahahahah LOL that is really sarcastic ! come to egypt and see by yourself !

          LOL just LOL !

          • Reef says:

            Yes hunger,read the article …I know youre not blind so read the link and tell me what you see..Is that not egypt?? LOL MODERN EGYPT…
            Anyway buddy we shall beat u guys massively at kumasi and you know it.
            5 or more goals for GHANA bro…sorry but we MUST go to BRAZIL

          • Neto says:

            Ok Guys. I am Zambian but this @Egyptian guy is extremely useless. He even says “WHAT UAE HAS IS OURS BECAUSE WE ARE ALL ARABS”???????? What a stupid way of thinking. I think this is a street CHAP! Only an illiterate can stoop so low as to think that what my rich neighbour has is mine because he is a fellow white or fellow black. The implication of this kind of approach to issues is that you stop working hard for your own good because you think you can “inherit” whats not yours. You are not European my friend although Europe is just accross the Med Sea. Calm yourself and earn a living Zombie!

          • egyptian says:

            @neto why it burns you ? :D we are one nation ! go to war together .. care about each other .. it is not your business really ! LOL

      • Reef says:

        Anyway the bottom line is,GHANA is going to BRAZIL at the expense of EGYPT…sorry buddy. better luck next time…We were actually hoping to draw a strong team like Ivory Coast so we punish em but then we got soft egypt so hey so be it.
        HOLA BRAZIL!!!!! GHANA HERE WE COME!!!!

  30. selfmade says:

    We live in a far better country n why should we waste our time to visit a country full of Arabs who bleep donkeys aahaaaa!! Egypt visa foot!!

  31. selfmade says:

    While ghanaians are thinking about BIG TIME PLACES,U lil freak comes here to talk about a desert inhabited by peasants shepherds ahaàaaaaaaaaa!!! U just a small time Egyptian clown!!

  32. Reef says:

    And that is why today there is no peace up in egypt…The APES are getting greedier..How can the the majority elect a prez and then only a year or less later its a fucking war?? talkn abt hes no good???So who voted for him to win the election??? These Foolish APES are very controversial….LOL at least give the guy about a couple of years to see what he can do..but noooooo GREEDY APES and bloodthirsty ARABS only have fun when theres CHAOS!

  33. selfmade says:

    Small time Arabian clown who boast about dusty desert glorified villages whose inhabitants uses DONKEYS AS MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION!!! ahaaaaha

  34. Reef says:

    Now @egyptian is blind…he cant read the article…YES The above article is true,correct and current from the UN about the hunger CRISIS in egypt ..On top of the violence and bloodshed,theres HUNGER as well.
    Oh God,please help our ARAB brothers/sister up north…Please bring peace to egypt so the APE refugees wont flee to West Africa/GHANA with their violent ways…AMEN

  35. egyptian says:

    @reef hhhhhhhhhhhhhh keep dreaming ! i swear on god that is not true :) we still away better than any pathetic african country ! nice try :D

  36. Reef says:

    Upon all the $1.55 BILLION in AID from YANKEE… hunger is still killing egyptians…I thought it was only violence…didnt know there was hunger too..
    dessert dwellers…n u wanna compare a dessert to a tropical,fertile land…U r insane@egyptian

  37. Reef says:

    @egyptian..how come all the countries that share border with EGYPT are in some kind of crisis?sudan,chad,libya,tunisia.

  38. Ghanaman says:

    Poverty and food insecurity in Egypt have risen significantly over the last three years, according to a joint reports released today by the United Nations food agency and partners.

    An estimated 13.7 million Egyptians or 17 per cent of the population suffered from food insecurity in 2011, compared to 14 per cent in 2009, according to the report by UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Egyptian Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).

    “This increase in food insecurity, malnutrition and poverty rates has not happened overnight, during this year or even during the past year,” said WFP Egypt Representative and Country Director GianPietro Bordignon.

    “People’s inability to have adequate and nutritious food is largely attributed to rising poverty rates and a succession of crises from 2005 – including the avian influenza epidemic in 2006, the food, fuel and financial crises of 2007–09 and a challenging macroeconomic context in recent years.”

    The report also shows that twice as many people moved into poverty as moved out, with less money to spend on food, according to The Status of Poverty and Food Security in Egypt: Analysis and Policy Recommendations based on analysis of the CAPMAS 2011 Household Income and Expenditure and Consumption Survey (HIECS).

    Findings show that the poorest families spend more than half of their average households on food and often buy less expensive, less nutritious food.

    Malnutrition is up, with 31 per cent of children under five years of age stunted, up from 23 per cent in 2005. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) considers the “high” range of 30-39.

    “Stunting, reflecting chronic malnutrition is irreversible and stops children reaching their full physical and mental potential,” WFP said in a news release. “In nine governorates across all regions in 2011, just over half of children under five were estimated to suffer from anaemia, classified as a ‘severe public health problem’ by the WHO.”

    Food subsidies in the form of a ration card system in Egypt “are not designed to resolve all poverty-related challenges,” according to a joint policy paper released today by WPF and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

    Nearly 70 per cent of the population receives ration cards but 19 per cent of the most vulnerable population are excluded, according to ‘Tackling Egypt’s Rising Food Insecurity in Times of Transition.’

  39. Ghanaman says:

    etween 1990 and 2010, nearly 1 billion people were pulled out of extreme poverty globally. The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving global poverty between 2000 and 2015 has been achieved five years early, surpassing the progress seen in achieving any of the other MDGs. This week, key politicians and officials from governments and international agencies will meet to set new targets for the global fight against poverty. In this time of great progress, Egypt has failed where other nations have succeeded.

    When the MDGs were set in 2000, 16.7% of Egyptians were living below the national poverty line. By 2010, amid ongoing global success in poverty reduction, the percentage of poor Egyptians actually increased to 25% of the population according to Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics. As new poverty reduction commitments are being made for the next 15 years, it is not only worth examining Egypt’s increasing trend in poverty rates and how well these statistics reflect poverty; but it is also important to reflect on what it means to be poor to Egyptians.

    Inherent in these poverty statistics is a statement about what it means to live in poverty and how to measure it. These percentages, the poverty headcount, indicate the percentage of people in a population living with less than a certain amount of money a day. In 2010 in Egypt, poverty meant having access to less than EGP 8.5 a day or EGP 265 per month. This statistic defines poverty simply based on money.

    But money isn’t everything. Any economist with the task of measuring poverty would easily admit as much. Poverty is not simply the absence of money but rather a state of living with lower levels of well-being. The state of health, level of education, and availability of jobs are all also valid concepts to assess a person’s well-being. For instance, a person with abundant financial resources but who suffers daily from a debilitating and painful disease cannot easily be considered to be in a state of well-being. Nor is it clear this would be preferable to having considerably less money but living a life with perfect health.

    The concept of poverty is reduced to the idea of money available quite simply because it is easiest to measure. The process typically involves using a nationally representative household survey that tracks how much all household members earn in income and how much is spent on basic needs like food, education, health care and the like. Egypt’s most recent poverty statistics are calculated using the 2010/2011 Household Income, Expenditure and Consumption Survey.

    Measuring poverty is full of challenges. For instance, two households of five with access to the same amount of money, one with five adults and one with two are not likely experiencing the same level of well-being. It costs less money to feed children but with perhaps more money needed for education. Which household is deemed better off and how this is ultimately measured is only one of the many issues in measuring poverty through the simplest approach: the poverty headcount.

    The poverty headcount is also a poor indication of severity, depth, and vulnerability to poverty. EGP 8 per day means poverty and EGP 9 per day does not, although the additional Egyptian pound per day probably does not make an appreciable difference to meeting basic needs or to overall well-being. Having EGP 8 per day to meet basic needs could be very different than having EGP 5 per day, although both are considered poor with this basic yes/no indicator of poverty. The latter might be the typical resources available to a person surviving on a government pension in Egypt without dependents. There are ways to measure poverty that are more sensitive to these issues, but they are not as easily understood as the poverty headcount, and so used much less frequently.

    The poverty headcount tends to perform worse in measuring poverty in rural areas, where poverty is highest in Egypt. Rural areas have a little more than half the population, but are home to almost 80% of poor Egyptians. Among rural residents of the Delta, 17% are poor, while among those living in Upper Egypt’s rural areas, the rate is 51%. These rates have been steadily increasing since 2000.

    But rural residents do not meet all of their basic needs using money. Although subsistence farming is declining, it is still quite important, and goes a long way to meeting basic needs. Economic transactions in rural areas do not always use money as the unit in which to trade goods and services; bartering and shared labour are often key. Since the poverty headcount largely measures expenditure with money, poverty could actually be lower than these statistics would suggest. But because rural areas are typically marginalised in service delivery, meeting basic needs might actually be worse. Well-being for a rural resident might be much more determined by having access to clean water for crops than by having EGP 8.5 in one’s pocket that day, but the poverty headcount would not make that distinction.

    The rise in all poverty rates in the decade between 2000 and 2010 also does not mean that Egypt has entirely failed its population with respect to poverty. In fact, estimates produced by the World Bank suggest that in the absence of such strong growth during this period in the face of high and rising food prices, there would have been at least a 12% increase in poverty.

    Growth and poverty have a powerful connection. The world’s reductions in poverty levels have largely been driven by acceleration in economic growth rates. In the time when the MDG of halving poverty was achieved, economic growth in developing countries rose to 6%, considerably higher than 4.3% of the decades before. In this time, when China’s growth exploded, and 680 million citizens were pulled out of poverty; interestingly, this was a result of a larger focus on growth than on poverty reduction or meeting the MDG. China accounted for three-quarters of the world’s accomplishment of meeting the MDG.

    Why Egypt had such sustained increases in poverty at a time when it experienced significant acceleration of economic growth is at the heart of what poverty means in Egypt. During this period in question the size of the Egyptian economy grew, yet the number of Egyptians living in poverty grew alongside. Some might say this is a simple explanation for the motivations behind the 25 January Revolution. But the revolution was started by the middle class and benefitted largely in the early days from the support by unions and labourers, people not typically classified as poor by the poverty headcount.

    In Egypt, it seems that the people have sent a clear message that poverty and well-being are not simply about having EGP 8.5 a day in your purse or wallet. Well-being for Egyptians is about education, health, opportunity, justice and so much more. As new commitments are being made for fighting poverty at the global level, what do Egyptian citizens see as the goals the government should pursue? The answer is multi-dimensional and not limited to raising the number of Egyptians living with a certain amount of money a day. It is clear that it is about so very much more, and this is ultimately why Egypt has failed when so many other nations are succeeding.

  40. Ghanaman says:

    A senior Egyptian general admits that “virginity checks” were performed on women arrested at a demonstration this spring, the first such admission after previous denials by military authorities.

    The allegations arose in an Amnesty International report, published weeks after the March 9 protest. It claimed female demonstrators were beaten, given electric shocks, strip-searched, threatened with prostitution charges and forced to submit to virginity checks.

    At that time, Maj. Amr Imam said 17 women had been arrested but denied allegations of torture or “virginity tests.”

    But now a senior general who asked not to be identified said the virginity tests were conducted and defended the practice.

    “The girls who were detained were not like your daughter or mine,” the general said. “These were girls who had camped out in tents with male protesters in Tahrir Square, and we found in the tents Molotov cocktails and (drugs).”
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    The general said the virginity checks were done so that the women wouldn’t later claim they had been raped by Egyptian authorities.

    “We didn’t want them to say we had sexually assaulted or raped them, so we wanted to prove that they weren’t virgins in the first place,” the general said. “None of them were (virgins).”

    This demonstration occurred nearly a month after Egypt’s longtime President Hosni Mubarak stepped down amid a wave of popular and mostly peaceful unrest aimed at his ouster and the institution of democratic reforms.

    Afterward, Egypt’s military — which had largely stayed on the sidelines of the revolution — officially took control of the nation’s political apparatus as well, until an agreed-upon constitution and elections.

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    The March 9 protest occurred in Tahrir Square, which became famous over 18 historic and sometimes bloody days and nights of protests that led to Mubarak’s resignation.

    But unlike in those previous demonstrations, the Egyptian military targeted the protesters. Soldiers dragged dozens of demonstrators from the square and through the gates of the landmark Egyptian Museum.

    Salwa Hosseini, a 20-year-old hairdresser and one of the women named in the Amnesty report, described to CNN how uniformed soldiers tied her up on the museum’s grounds, forced her to the ground and slapped her, then shocked her with a stun gun while calling her a prostitute.

    “They wanted to teach us a lesson,” Hosseini said soon after the Amnesty report came out. “They wanted to make us feel that we do not have dignity.”

    The treatment got worse, Hosseini said, when she and the 16 other female prisoners were taken to a military detention center in Heikstep.

    There, she said, she and several of other female detainees were subjected to a “virginity test.”

    “We did not agree for a male doctor to perform the test,” she said. But Hosseini said her captors forced her to comply by threatening her with more stun-gun shocks.

    “I was going through a nervous breakdown at that moment,” she recalled. “There was no one standing during the test, except for a woman and the male doctor. But several soldiers were standing behind us watching the backside of the bed. I think they had them standing there as witnesses.”

    The senior Egyptian general said the 149 people detained after the March 9 protest were subsequently tried in military courts, and most have been sentenced to a year in prison.

    Authorities later revoked those sentences “when we discovered that some of the detainees had university degrees, so we decided to give them a second chance,” he said.

    The senior general reaffirmed that the military council was determined to make Egypt’s democratic transition a success.

    “The date for handover to a civil government can’t come soon enough for the ruling military council,” he said. “The army can’t wait to return to its barracks and do what it does best — protect the nation’s borders.”

  41. Papa Nkrumah says:

    Now FIFA see what you have done: turning our peaceful football debate to a divisive political one. FIFA has always acted wisely in the past; I wonder what is happening to them now.
    But guys let’s keep the argument to football and no insults, only expressions about reality.

  42. Ghanaman says:

    There are more poor people in Egypt than there are people in Ghana. Think about it… Stupid Egyptian DONKEY!! Useless DOG!!

  43. Elvis says:

    Just go and play. I don’t think Zambian players played with the freedom they would have loved to play in that game.

    That is why I consider FIFA a rogue sports association which is messing up football. Football has to be played in a safe and conducive enviroment. There slogan “Fair play” does not exist.

    Ghanaians, just go and play you so much believe in home ground advantage. So do unto others what you want them to untoi you. The enviroment for the Ghana Vs Zambia much was far from conducive. No wonder the referee could not award to clear penalties to Zambia for fear of violence.The build up to that game was marred by threats and revenge for what only you Ghanians know.

    Ghanaians you have lost your diginity you commanded in the past. I cannot believe what I saw on the youtube of the treatment the Chipolopolo received. We Zambians will never treat and I repeat we will never ever treat any visiting team (Ghana inclusive) the way you did to our team.

    Let your game against Egypt be played in Cairo and see how unfair it is to play with your mind feeling insecure.

    Having said all this, I end by saying “All this mess is due to FIFA” because it operates without standards or ignores to follow there rules or just decides to turn a blind eye to reality.

  44. Jaja says:

    Ghanasoccernet, please stop those irritating British video clips that start autmotically. It scares me every time it suddenly starts playing..

  45. Gada says:

    We all no football brings us all together especially we Africans despite d insults,jokes loving ur country all whatever! we r one pple,. Imagine if Africa was a one country just imagine the respect we will get in this World with all our resources, Land plus our population.Lets take away this borders now n trade with ourselfs n fuck this westerners we the youth this is our time I repeat the time is now.Lets trade us one pple we will be the richest,happiest n final continent to rule the world. N to Egyptians we Pray to the Almighty God that total peace prevail over there.But all the same we are going to beat u Egypt hands down 4 football I beg Ghana the Brazalian of Africa do u no why Nigeria n Zambia fear us? ……….. so dont worry dont feel u are the only one who is scared of us infact many countries fear us when it comes to soccer ei Dada Kwadwo Asamoah, Olele,Baby Jet, Agyeman Badu, Wakaso not forgetting the Bull Baison y3n papa Essien infact endless list this b what they pain the a Naijas n Chimpalalalas……. and is a fact.





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