Mubarak regime abused 50,000 homeless children in Cairo, reporter says

By Nathan Diebenow
Monday, February 14, 2011 0:14 EDT
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Thousands of children that live in the streets of Cairo, Egypt, were brutally abused under the regime of President Hosni Mubarak, a Middle East correspondent recently wrote.

“They are everywhere in the capital, the 50,000 street children of Cairo, Mubarak’s shameful, unspoken legacy, the detritus of the poor and the defenceless, orphans and outcasts, glue-sniffers, many of them drug-addicted, as young as five, the girls often arrested and – according to the children and charity workers – sexually molested by the police,” Robert Fisk of The Independent said Sunday.

Fisk detailed a scene in which a Cairo police officer shot a 16-year-old girl at the peak of the mass protests that would eventually lead to Mubarak’s toppling. The girl – Mariam – was with a hundred other homeless children attempting to obtain the release of her friend at a police station.

“She was taking pictures of the police on her mobile phone, but fell to the ground with a bullet in her back,” he wrote, continuing, “The other children carried her to the nearby Mounira hospital – where the staff apparently refused to admit her – and then to the Ahmed Maher hospital, where the bullet was removed.”

But her friend was not so lucky; after his release, Ismail was later shot dead by armed gunman.

Up to 12,000 homeless children joined on the front lines to openly resist authorities during the Egyptian revolution, Fisk said, noting that the pro-democracy demonstrators won them over gifts of money, cigarettes and food.

“I liked going [to Tahrir Square],” a teenage street boy told Fisk. “I sometimes begged from the people. And the soldiers always said ‘hello’ to me and sometimes they gave me food.”

Some children, Fisk noted, unwittingly threw stones at pro-democracy protesters with the encouragement of Mubarak supporters.

“They told me that I should like Mubarak because if he went, some people would come from other countries and become president of Egypt,” a boy said.

The Egyptian military now running the country is to ban public protests and meetings of activists starting this week. The armed forces had previously promised that democratic election would take place by September.

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  • Anonymous

    One more reason why Mubarak should be gone, and is now gone, thankfully.

  • overdoneputaforkinit

    September is a long time away.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T56HZHIIRWQCFXROFP6LAZV47A Keith M

    …and the military bans public protests… Did any body NOT see this coming?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    Naturally, U.S. media outlets never reported any of this during the abuse but now, all of a sudden, the disgusting abuse info is just pouring out. We suddenly are told Mubarak has billions of dollars that he stole from the nation, the second in command was trained by the FBI on how to torture and the CIA brought people to him to torture, and now Mubarak’s regime tortured homeless children…where are similar reports on the REST of the dictators around the world that the U.S. is STILL supporting?

  • DesertSun59

    Homeless children in Egypt have mobile phones? Do you see that happening here?

  • Anonymous

    How do you think a homeless 16-year-old girl would GET that phone, Einstein ?

  • Anonymous

    Who has supplied the army over the decades ?

    Anybody know ?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EZ4W5CDCIVXKIIKESYBN2EP6VE brian

    “She was taking pictures of the police on her mobile phone, but fell to the ground with a bullet in her back,”

    Just curious, how does a homeless child, in a poverty ridden country to begin with, get a mobile phone? The working class makes an average of $2 a day.. I would assume even less for the homeless…

  • RottenJohnny

    So he was a right-wing terrorist? No surprise there.

  • Anonymous

    Wait a minute, the children are homeless, but they have cell phones with cameras???

  • Anonymous

    Maybe, maybe not.

  • Anonymous

    A sixteen year old homeless girl could get a cell phone any number of ways… That is just a real stupid question asked by peolple who think everyone in this world is just like them or should be.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah that Mubarak sucks. No where is as great as the USA. Good thing there are no homeless in our greatest nation on Earth.

  • Anonymous

    Not like here in the USA where we can protest in our Free Speech pens…er, zones.

  • Anonymous

    She probably had Metro PCS

  • Anonymous

    Good point. Hey, I was just in Tombstone that is one cool-azzed place, I love it there.

  • Anonymous

    Mubarek abused homeless children? What do you think the Catholic Church has done to children for hundreds of years?!

  • Anonymous

    brainiac think about your question for longer then two seconds.

    then think about the sexual exploitation of young women in impoverished nations. Hopefully maybe you can put two and two together.

  • Anonymous

    exactly, the inability of several posters here to think about sexual exploitation in exchange for food, clothes, drugs, cigarettes, or a freakin’ cell phone is beyond me.

    Oh right, they see sixteen year old girls at their local suburban mall on cell phones so they just make that absurd correlation.

  • Anonymous

    Bravo, +1.

    And like Mubarek, the Pope sits on a boatload of cash.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Egypt’s ‘street children’ (as they are called) is one of the saddest and most disturbing parts of life under Mubarak. Reminiscent of the situation in Romania after Cecescu was ousted. What a great opportunity now to go in, open up some shelters, get these kids off the streets, provide them with some basic needs and do some good for them and the next generation of Egyptians.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Do you know that, in third world countries such as Egypt, Mexico and Cuba, women prostitute themselves not necessarily for money but for things such as jeans, sneakers and even toiletries?

  • Anonymous

    Guys – I don’t mean to be rude…but sometimes people aren’t as “quick” as you. Why don’t you just post the answer for the people that don’t know. It took me a minute to make a picture in my head of why she might have one. Just say – “She probably got the cellphone in exchange for sex.” Or “maybe her Sugar Daddy makes sure she has a phone”. Although were it I am sure if I was homeless I would prefer a bed to a phone…just me though.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry they won’t be able to do that – they will be too busy enforcing the no protest zones. I truly hope the Eyptians didn’t just make there lives 100% worse. Time will tell.

  • Anonymous

    First of all I am not assuming that this poor girl is exchanging anything for sex or that she has sugar daddy just that there are a number of ways a homeless child could get a cell phone. If this were a homeless sixteen year old boy with a cell phone would assume he traded it for sex? Think about what you’re are saying. Your preference to a bed over a phone just does not apply unless you are a homeless child from Cairo and you just participated in a revolution and were shot for doing so.

  • Anonymous

    Looks to me like our own president is about to begin “abusing” homeless children as well. His budget priorities are to cut everything but the military. Abuse takes many forms. In America it appears we are ready to starve the little beggars.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Mikethedog….first I didn’t say it was a fact. Second, yes if it was a male child I would think the same thing was a possibility. Sex being purchased from children of both sexes is not unheard of here in the US or elsewhere in the world. I never implied or said say that the child was not valid, or brave or in a very sad situtation.

  • Anonymous

    Good for you.

  • Anonymous

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