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Church mourns train accident victims

Nader Shukry

15 Jan 2013 11:35 pm

Pope Tawadros II sent a message of condolence to the families of the young men who lost their lives yesterday when a train that was carrying army recruits to Cairo derailed at Badrashin south of Giza. Some 19 lost their lives, and 107 lie in hospital receiving treatment for serious injuries

Pope Tawadros II sent a message of condolence to the families of the young men who lost their lives yesterday when a train that was carrying army recruits to Cairo derailed at Badrashin south of Giza. Some 19 lost their lives, and 107 lie in hospital receiving treatment for serious injuries.
The accident is the last in a series of major train accidents the frequency of which has been notoriously escalating since 1992. 
Pope Tawadros expressed his grief at the loss of life of “the best and brightest of our young men, those who offered their lives freely to defend Egypt in times of need.” He prayed that the Lord should grant their families peace and comfort, and for a speedy recovery for the injured. 
The Catholic and Evangelical Churches too sent messages of condolence to the victims’ families. Fr Rafik Greiche of the Catholic Church called on the government to work to put an end to the loss of the lives of Egypt’s poor because of the severely decaying in conditions of the railways and trains, and the Evangelicals demanded that rigorous investigations should be conducted to expose who was responsible for the gross negligence which led to the accident.
Watani International
14 January 2013


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