Terror Striking Egypt

Staff Writer: Heather Abler

Egypt has now entered into a three month state of emergency following the multiple ISIS bombing attacks carried out this past Psalm Sunday. These attacks are said to have killed multitudes of innocent people, and Coptic Christian churches have been targeted. Many Egyptian citizens are terrified to return to church, or even step outside of their homes. After all, when you think about places likely to get bombed, your mind goes to government facilities, not low-profile churches. It is truly unimaginable to think about your loved one or friend going to church, and then never coming home.

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Photo of the Damage Done to One of the Churches. Photo Credit: Emily Boswell

These attacks were without a doubt unexpected, as one attacker in Alexandria blew himself up outside of a church. This killed 17 citizens as well as police officers. It is also reported that 125 people were injured. Also, in Tanta, an explosive device was planted under one of the seats, and the blast took 28 lives. An anonymous survivor of the Tanta attack spoke of the horror she witnessed:  “A lady next to me lost her eye. Other people were cut to pieces; blood and body parts were everywhere. The choir was also dead on the floor. The chandelier above me crashed to the floor.”

As if these tragic events weren’t enough scarring for these poor people, ISIS has made more threats to Egypt, saying the recent attacks won’t be the last of them. However, though weakened, the Egyptian people have strong minds going forward. The Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, stated, “The attack will not undermine the resolve and true will of the Egyptian people to counter the forces of evil.”

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Man Devastated from Damage Done. Photo Credit: Emily Boswell

Egypt currently is in the process of financially rebuilding, as well as the Cabinet donating $5,530 to all of the families of the victims of the attacks. During this state of emergency, the police will take part in measures to try and prevent and combat more terrorist attacks in Egypt. They will certainly have no problem reaching their goal of feeling safe and rebuilding the destroyed parts of town if the government and its people continually support the effort.

The attacks really raise the questions in our minds as to what effect could this have in our city. How would people behave? How long would it take for us to return to a settled mind state and for our buildings to be built back up again? Hopefully, we never have to face those questions anytime soon.

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