Updates from Egypt

30 Jan

Reports coming out of Egypt are pretty spotty but we’re getting tons of traffic from people looking for info on LDS branch members and AUC faculty in Cairo and Maadi. From what I’ve gathered from e-mails, tweets and second hand reports, people in Maadi are safe. The scene last night was much like the rest of Cairo. Looters were roaming the streets. Neighbors barricaded themselves in their apartments and in our old building, AUC #22, Road 213, the men took shifts protecting the building from armed thugs. Alpha Market and Carrefour were badly looted, the Maadi Grand Mall was in flames. There was machine gun fire heard around the neighborhood for a while last night but everything quieted down and seems to be calmer now. Branch members are in contact with the Embassy and are taking care of each other, as the Cairo branch is amazing at doing.  For people wondering if there are LDS missionaries in Egypt, there are not. There is a humanitarian missionary couple. I haven’t heard any updates on them but I assume they’re safe.

The BYU Jerusalem group was on their trip to Egypt when the revolution started. I don’t have any updates on them but if you’ve heard anything, feel free to comment.

That’s all the information I have but as I get more, I’ll be sure to update. If you have any info, please share.

1/30/11 10:33 EST

UPDATE:

Recent updates indicate that Maadi is now protected. Neighbors and army are patrolling streets. Gunfire heard but some is from security guards firing into the air to scare off looters. Road 9 is still in good shape. Grocery stores are running low on supplies. Maadi Grand Mall is still standing. Tora Prison is under control. There are tanks and army presence in Degla.

In our AUC apartment building, security guards and residents are patrolling and residents have been meeting in the garden to share information. AUC is working with the Embassy to evacuate faculty voluntarily. Branch members are safe and in contact with each other and the Embassy.

BYU Jerusalem group is back in Israel and was out of harm’s way the whole time.

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2 Responses to “Updates from Egypt”

  1. Nancy January 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    The missionary couple is being evacuated. It will be a dramatic end to their mission; they will be released when they get home instead of waiting to see if things blow over.

  2. sammie wagner June 27, 2016 at 10:50 pm #

    I am going to be living in Aswan and I want to start a fellowship with anyone interested in the LDS church. I hope to get even a few interested in fellowship. There are four American families in Aswan and hopefully I can get a few of them and those of the Muslim faith and all others that want to learn about the teachings of the true gospel.

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