Caritas Egypt Director Fr. Nabil Gabriel sj called on European Union to bare in mind the impact of aid cuts on the poor as they discussed stopping or reducing their support to Egypt. He said the EU should increase its funding so the Egypt could be constructed on a sound basis.
At least 900 people, including 100 soldiers and police, have been killed in a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood in the past week, making it Egypt’s bloodiest civil episode in decades.
Underlining unease in the West over how to respond to the crisis in Egypt, EU Foreign Ministers meet in Brussels yesterday to talk about changes in the 5 billion euro ($6.7 billion) aid package that goes to mostly civil society groups in the country.
An EU communique after the meeting said, “In order to avoid a negative impact on the most vulnerable groups of Egyptian society, assistance in the socioeconomic sector and support […]