Worried about Egypt


The three domes of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Ma‘adi, Egypt, south of Cairo


My wife and I are very concerned for Egypt, where we lived for the first four years of our marriage.


The violence is horrific.  We know those places well.  We know and love the Egyptian people.


Here’s a factoid that I just ran across, and that I suspect is true:  When King Farouk was overthrown in 1952, Egypt and South Korea had more or less the same Gross Domestic Product or GDP per capita. Today, Egypt’s GDP is about one-eighth of South Korea’s.  Whatever else can be said, the economic failure of the Egyptian state since the abolition of the monarchy is unmistakably clear.  And that economic failure — consisting of, among many other things, the nation’s lack of serious integration into the global economy — drives much of the rest of Egypt’s ramifying contemporary problems.


But here’s a fascinating little piece – inspiring, in its way — about the very town in which Debbie and I lived for four memorable years, a few miles south of Cairo along the Nile.  Would that all Christians exemplified Christianity to Muslims as well as “the Sisters of Maadi” do and have.


 Posted from London, England



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  • dangerdad

    Actually, economic failure is typically a symptom, not a driver.

  • RaymondSwenson

    My observation is that economic failure feeds popular acceptance of government intervention in an economy, which feeds ecpnomic failure in a vicious cycle, the failure being used to justify even more intervention. China was fortunate in having the examples of Hong Kong and Taiwan to show them tge way out of the vicious cycle.