The Sirius Project

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Arrival of anarchy?

Ok, this post might be a bit on the controversial side and not directly connected to the symbolism which the Sirius Project sets out to analyse. However, being based in Egypt there are certain things that cannot be ignored. Thus, this little ranting...
During the last week it has become evident how instable Egypt really is, and I am not referring to the general political situation, but that which the Egyptians themselves face on a daily basis here in the southern parts. We receive daily updates from friends and neighbors reporting the growing problems of theft, blackmail, assault and a general problematic social situation. A couple of days back a woman lost her unborn baby and a member of her family was badly injured as they tried to protect their own land from being taken over by others. A man was killed as a result of “holding a car hostage”, demanding a ransom of the car owner to get it back. The car owner had no one to report to as the police are still refusing to intervene in situations like these. Our closest neighbor woke up the other day to find one of his dogs missing, stolen by his own aunt (although returned later on in the day). These individual happenings might seem minor and of little national/international importance, but when the Egyptian people themselves fear for their house and home, for the security of their families, and when everyone is using the loop hole in legal matters, then there is reason to question too if it is safe for anyone.

Of greater interest for the Sirius Project is of course the devastating situation regarding antiquity, looting and the rapidly movement of villages taking over the ancient land. We hear the reports from the northern parts of Egypt, how acres after acres of ancient remains are lost to modern interference, such as cemeteries and houses. We also heard that a mosque has been built above the ancient ruins in this pyramid area, which already was reported with c. 200 pits dug by thieves.  Dashur, Memphis, the entire Delta and Fayyum, all shares the same problem seen also in the southern parts such as Luxor. We hear the villages speak of an increased demand of antiquities, western buyers prepared to pay millions of dollars in exchange for a piece of history. As if this is not bad enough, we see how the landscape is rapidly changing, where villages overtake the ancient lands in terms of farmland, housing and burial. It is time for the international community to wake up and smell the roses, to realize that the situation in Egypt is still fundamentally problematic, and that its people live in fear of what their own neighbors might end up doing to them the following day. Those who try to suppress this information live in a bubble, in a protected and sheltered metropolitan community (primarily parts of Cairo), choosing to ignore the screaming voices of the locals fighting for their right to exist. Egypt needs help to protect not only its ancient monuments, which are in an increased danger each day, but also its people. As far as we see it in among the villages surrounding us, anarchy has already found its way into Egypt and without a proper government and police force respectfully keeping the order, the situation will become much worse and on the verge of tipping over.

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