Sunday, January 30, 2011

Families out of Food Staples in Egypt

I felt like I was intruding on this man a little bit when I took this picture. I don't often go up to people and take a picture of them resting on a bench, but it was such a powerful image to me, I didn't want to forget it. It represented what people experience in the country of Egypt. We visited at a time of peace. Even then, we had police escorts with our buses and took an airplane to a neighboring city becsause it was too dangerous to take the train.

I can't imagine what it is like now, when there is so much conflict. Today, CNN reported that families are running out of food staples. There are several reasons for this. The curfew and unrest has forced many of the grocery stores and restaurants to close. The disruptions have also impacted shipments of food coming into the city. Many people are afraid to leave their homes for food. A hotline has been set up for people to report bread shortages. It is a difficult situation. I hope the people there find food and safety soon. I think there are always lessons to learn from other people's experiences. We should do something every day to be prepared.

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