By: Yara Tarek
2019 is getting off to a good start; major changes are happening. We’re here to fill you in on some of the exciting things we will witness in this new year. There’s hope in Egypt, everyone.
The Red Sea Mountain Hike Trail Is Here
Officially launched on January 29th, the Red Sea Mountain Trail is the first long distance high trail in Egypt. It’s a 170km circuit that takes most hikers around 10 days to complete. You get to experience the deep and almost hidden treasures of this part of Egypt.
The trail connects a series of ancient trade, travel and hunting routes into a single trail for modern times. It seeks to encourage tourism and introduce us to the Bedouin community.
To get more information, you can visit the page here:
Ministry of Health Launches a New Campaign to Combat FGM
On January 28th, Health Minister Hala Abu Zeid announces the kickoff of a nationwide campaign to fight Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on February 6th.
According to the National Population Council (NPC) spokesperson Vivian Fouad awareness campaigns against FGM have proven to be successful.
In Egypt, more than 94% of married women have experienced FGM, and at least 69% will perform the same procedure on their daughters.
This is a loud NO to stop this violation.
Ministry of Solidarity Saves 605 Homeless Individuals
Minister of Social solidarity Ghada Waly announced on January 21st that Egypt is currently developing care homes for street children where they will also be providing psychological rehabilitation and education for them.
According to a report by the rapid intervention units, 605 individuals were saved up until Sunday, January 20th; including 312 homeless adults and 392 homeless children in several governorates.
Minister Waly stated that the “Children With No Shelter” program, devoted to saving those in need, received 50 million L.E in funds from the Ministry of Social Solidarity, and 114 million L.E from the Tahyaa Misr funds.
The program aims to reunite homeless children with their families and provide blankets and hot meals to those who refuse to be relocated.
You can report homeless children with no shelter on 16439, 16528 and also on 01095368111 or through their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MoSS.Egypt/
Authorities Ban Fishing in the Red Sea for the Next 7 Months
On January 22nd, the authorities have banned fishing in the Red Sea from the months of February to September, with the aim of preserving biodiversity and increasing fish production.
Egypt’s total fish production from both the Red and the Mediterranean Sea reaches 120,000 tons; of which 60,000 tons of fish are exported.
Head of the General Authority for Fish Resources Development Ayman Ammar stressed that the decision will not affect fish market prices.
Egypt Opened a New International Airport on the Outskirts of the Capital
Sphinx International Airport was opened on January 26th for an initial trial period, with the purpose of boosting tourism and easing the pressure from Cairo’s main airport.
It’s located near the Giza Pyramids and the new Grand Egyptian Museum. According to Reuters, it’s expected to run 30 flights by early February during the trial period. It should be fully operational in 2020.
Save The Blue Hole Campaign
After witnessing many violations in Dahab’s Blue Hole, nature activists have issued a petition on the Facebook page “Save The Blue Hole” .
The campaign has garnered more than 3,752 signatures and is likely to get more.
You can sign the petition through this link: https://bit.ly/2GaIRjZ
All Red-Brick Buildings To Be Painted
On January 21st, Prime Minister and Minister of Housing Mostafa Madbouly said that President Abd El Fattah Al-Sisi instructed that all red-brick buildings to be painted in unified colors.
The implementation this decision will start immediately over several phases; legal actions will be taken against all violators.
We have a pretty good feeling that 2019 might be our year. Egypt is taking baby steps towards development, giving us hope for a better tomorrow.