When Egyptians took to the streets to overthrow an oppressive government in 2011, the world was on their side. But in the two years that followed, as Arab Spring turned to Arab Winter, and Egyptians fell under the rule of the oppressive new government of Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, the world has looked away.
Except for Barack Hussein Obama who has given the Muslim Brotherhood $billions in aid as well as 20 F-16’s and 200 Abrams tanks, and more.
Business Insider This is what Egyptians told us when we visited Cairo at the end of March 2013. Many disillusioned Egyptians say things are worse than ever. Thugs often run the streets, crime rates have skyrocketed, and police feel they’re outgunned, faced with the flood of weapons filling Cairo’s streets. Making matters worse, everything from utilities to gasoline is both more expensive and more difficult to acquire than it was before the Muslim Brotherhood.
Crime in Egypt has reached unprecedented highs, homicide rates have tripled since 2011, and armed robberies rose from 233 in 2010 to 2,807 in 2012.
Police officers sleep inside of a large transport truck near the Brotherhood’s headquarters. Though Egypt’s interior ministry promised Cairo’s low-ranking policemen it would purchase 100,000 new 9mm pistols in February, none have so far reached the ranks. Many beat cops lack ammunition and refuse to carry sidearms for fear of being robbed.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s handpicked officers get new weapons, radios, and nearly twice the pay.
The Brotherhood permits illegal gun sales to thrive, and this market is home to Cairo’s largest selection of black market firearms.
This elderly man lies alone in a pile of trash. Social services have completely broken down.
Many Egyptians don’t even enjoy basic necessities like electricity. While Egypt sells electricity to Gaza, an old woman like this lives in the dark.
Egypt’s biggest money-making industry, tourism, has all but disappeared. This shop owner has lost most of his business and spends the days dusting.
The Cairo subway skips stops, suffers frequent power outages, and is inhabited by thugs.
Public services such as road maintenance are virtually non-existent.
Garbage collection is sporadic at best.
Some 50,000 homeless youths roam the streets of Cairo and contribute to the soaring crime rate.
The World Health Organization estimates there are 1 million homeless children in Egypt.
Outside the Supreme Court, Egyptians protest appointment of Muslim Brotherhood member as the nation’s top prosecutor and are also outraged that Brotherhood president Morsi declared no court is authorized to overturn the president’s decisions.
The lack of government oversight also shows up in Cairo’s dangerous disregard for building codes and construction permits.
The Brotherhood has proposed laws reducing Egypt’s legal age of marriage to 13-years-old. Some party officials indicate marriage at nine years of age is perfectly acceptable.
Temporary marriages between young women and foreigners lasting often just days have become increasingly common. Desperate parents sell daughters for as little as $450.
Tahrir Square, where Egyptians brought down a regime, now is filthy and lawless.
If the fundamentalists are successful in destroying Egypt’s most famous landmarks, as they promise, the tourism industry will totally disappear.