Egyptians mourn 19 killed in train crash

Egyptians gather around one of the derailed train cars. [Mohamed Mahmoud/Al-Shorfa]

Egyptians gather around one of the derailed train cars. [Mohamed Mahmoud/Al-Shorfa]

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A deadly train crash in Egypt that killed 19 military conscripts on Tuesday (January 16th) has spurred public condemnation and promises from authorities to address the country's crumbling infrastructure.

The train crash occurred when a military transport train carrying around 1,300 Central Security Forces conscripts derailed in Badrashin, Giza province.

The conscripts had departed late Monday from the city of Assiut and were en route to a training camp in Cairo when their 12-car transport derailed, then collided with a parked cargo train at al-Hawamdia railway crossing, overturning two of the military's train cars, according to the Ministry of Health.

More than 120 people were injured in the accident, with some in critical condition, the ministry said. The wounded were transferred to a number of nearby hospitals and the military hospital in Cairo.

Eyewitnesses recall

Inside al-Hawamdia hospital, everyone grieved for the victims of the train crash. Some wept, some donated blood for the injured and others expressed frustration that the accident occurred in the first place.

Eyewitness Sayed Mahmoud said the cargo train was stationary at the time of impact. He and other citizens flocked to the scene to help after seeing the last car of the train derail in the collision.

"I rushed with the townspeople and we opened the mosque and nearby homes to aid the injured, who were in a state of shock from the accident," he told Al-Shorfa.

Waleed Nasser, who suffered a broken left foot and several bruises in the crash, said he and other conscripts were startled by violent jolts just before their train collided with the stationary cargo engine.

Mahmoud Attiya, a 20-year-old conscript who also was aboard the transport train, told Al-Shorfa, "I saw them die and I could not do anything. It is a shame that Egyptian soldiers died because of negligence."

Officials respond to tragedy

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said the government will not delay in providing care to the injured and the families of the victims.

"What I saw and observed confirms that it is a painful day for every Egyptian," the president said. "These are our sons who were on their way to perform a great duty for their country."

Prime Minister Dr. Hisham Qandil, who surveyed the accident site and visited the injured at the military hospital, announced that the government will pay the family of each deceased conscript 30,000 pounds ($4,560) and will treat all the injured at the government's expense.

Meanwhile, officials are investigating the deadly incident, with Prosecutor-General Talaat Abdullah forming an investigation team to determine culpability and Badrashin prosecutors charging the train driver with manslaughter and detaining him pending an official inquiry.

Investigative authorities also formed a technical committee to examine the train and its cars to determine the cause of the accident.

Politicians criticise failing infrastructure

Several politicians are condemning the latest train accident.

Ahmed Darraj, a member of the opposition National Salvation Front, said the railway system in Egypt is one of the issues that require an urgent government solution by the Egyptian government.

"The former regime neglected [the railway system] for more than 30 years, and it now requires urgent attention by the government because the smallest incident results in the death of many Egyptians," he said.

Dr. Saad al-Katatni, head of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, said, "Recurrence of train accidents is tragic evidence of an almost complete collapse in Egypt's infrastructure, through years of corruption under [former President] Mubarak's rule."

This latest accident is a wake-up call "reminding us all of the need to overcome political differences and co-operate to rebuild Egypt. There certainly is no more time to waste", he said.

This latest accident follows another last November, when more than 51 people, most of them school-children from a primary school supervised by Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, were killed after a train collided with their school bus at a railway crossing in Assiut province.

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    زياد مشاري

    2013-1-26

    I call on the Egyptians to beware and avoid the sectarian conflicts and internal problems in Iraq. You are in the center of attention of Israel. Why did the train disasters and the troubles only start when Moursi came to the presidency? What is the cause? Can anyone explain to me?

  • عبدالرحيم احمد

    2013-1-25

    Dr. Moursi is successful in all his affairs. What did dr. Moursi do to the train? Abd Al-Rahim Al-Baroudi

  • فارس احمد

    2013-1-24

    To the free people of Egypt...are you willing to go back to the Middle Ages under the rule of the neo-fundamentalists?? Wherever they go, those night bats, bad things happen....you choose.

  • امال الابراهيمى

    2013-1-24

    The Egyptians suffer form the disappointment and feel that they are facing death everywhere they go. When they take the metro to the train and when they live in their houses or even walk in the street. This is because of the neglect and insecurity, which became the main feature of the life in Egypt. The Egyptian government must not be away from this. However, what makes you very sad is that there are more disasters and accidents facing the Egyptians in addition to the sharp rise in prices of all commodities. How the Egyptians could live in this way? The country is collapsing material and morally and all parties face the death in every moment. They also wait each second the final moment in their lives. They inquire whether this would be in this building or that. There is no power except with God the Almighty. Was this Egypt a few years ago? I swear I do not want to feel remorse over the conditions of Egypt, but we really realized the value of the stability and security. The problem is that the repeated accidents are caused by the unsuccessful administration in handling the situation. The government does not even offer the obligatory condolences to the victims. This is an unsuccessful government.

  • سماح نور

    2013-1-24

    We belong to God the Almighty and to Him we shall return. O God! Protect Egypt and save us from turbulences in the coming period.

  • احمد عز

    2013-1-24

    Mr. President, I'll give you a piece of paper and a pen, so you can write to me what you have achieved. Write to me about those who died; what took them to the grave? Write me a prescription so I can survive the sorrow of my silence, for silence has become muteness. Tell me why there are so many guards, Mr. President. With the pen comes a pile of papers. Count the hearts melting over absent sons who left with no good-bye and over a stolen dream of life. Copied.

  • مراد علاء

    2013-1-24

    Indeed, I sympathize with the Egyptian people as I walk in the street and find sadness in the traits of the Egyptian people. It is very difficult for me to see that because the Egyptian citizens are suffering terribly because of the difficult living conditions. I see that the Egyptians want to change their conditions and wait for any happy news. Everyday, we hear about a new tragic accident in the streets of Egypt. I am perplexed and I do not know how we could make the Egyptians live like the rest peoples of the world. There is an accident everyday and we must find a chance to delight the people. However, this is impossible these days, which witness thousands of accidents in all places every couple of days. Seriously, the current situation is disgusting and I wish that president Morsi would try harder to find a solution to end the crisis. He must find the underlying cause of this issue and provide the suitable solutions. This requires the government to convene and discuss the causes of the problem and find out ways to make the people happy. This is strongly needed these days.

  • الهام مطر

    2013-1-24

    All people feel sad for one reason or another; more people are dying and nobody cares or says anything about it. Nobody knows who is the president and who is not. I can only pray for those who died in the train accident and the collapse of the building, and for those who are yet to die in the demonstrations. We Egyptians are so tired of this; pray for us, please, God bless you.

  • فارس معتـز

    2013-1-24

    Indeed, Egypt suffers from the sadness that is flowed by sadness. It seems as if someone is supplicating against this poor and miserable people. The people worldwide used to say that the Egyptians, despite their poverty and events, are able to control their feelings and the smile never left their faces. However, this Egyptian smile disappeared from the faces of the Egyptians, because the increasing pressures made them explode because their income and living conditions were seriously affected. The people can endure no longer, so, what could they do? Should the people commit suicide to relieve the government or so? I think as a compromise, the people can take the trains of the government or live in some buildings that were established without licenses but through bribery and wait for them to fall over their heads, as always happened. I think this option is better than committing suicide. When this happens, I think that the government could grant his family 5000 pounds to handle their affairs. I think that this issue must result on some reaction, and the government must know this well.

  • حازم مؤيد

    2013-1-24

    Egyptians are now living in sadness, because of the number of accidents they see or hear about all the time. These tragedies were never easy on the Egyptians, and almost all the Egyptian families across the country, from north to south, have tasted the bitterness of losing one of their members to these accidents. What I want to say is that when Muhamed Hosni Mubarak was president, we heard about these accidents a lot less then we do now. There were no improvements; we still hear about new accidents all the time. The government should do something about it in order to avoid this kind of accident in the future.

  • غاده عبد الرازق

    2013-1-23

    I think all the time that the value of the Egyptians is cheap, but who is responsible for that, other than those scumbags who were in power during the reign of Mubarak, and people who have no conscience; may God punish them.

  • فريدة سيف الدين

    2013-1-23

    I feel that the Egyptians have the right to feel sad because what they see reminds them of the days of Mubarak. I think it would be better to take a rest between accidents for the sake of recovery and relief. However, at the time of Morsi’s renaissance, the situation is much worse. I do not see any renaissance. You personally said that within 100 days, everything would be fine, but eventually corruption increased. Anyway, we were living under the rule of Mubarak. Indeed, we were unable to defy the oppression, because we were mainly concerned with his own affairs. I think that this daily rate of accidents is unbearable. The problem is that there are crises in Egypt everywhere and the number of the victims is very high. The train of Badrashin left victims among the young recruits, who were at the beginning of their life. The building that collapsed in Alexandria also destroyed the future and took the lives of whole families. The youth were fighting at Al-Malik Al-Saleh Metro Station, which also ended with death of a young man and no one managed to save him. We have to be sad because notاing can make us happy. The only thing that can make us happy is to see the country affairs running well. We need to work, learn, and get medical care. I think these are simple demands but I wish to be part of the plan.

  • عبد الله العمروسى

    2013-1-23

    The true Muslims are never duped twice. The accident is attributable to the negligence of the railway staff. This company did not take measures to prevent accidents. Indeed, they are reluctant to make any procedures to improve the maintenance system or to conduct an inventory of all railway crossings in the country. The workers are underpaid. However, the negligent should be held accountable severely. In some other positions the negligent are liable to technical and administrative accountability. Sometimes, the accused of negligence are either sanctioned severely or dismissed. Then warnings are issued to all employees. The authorities should predict the disasters and act at the right time. We should show greater interest in the crossing problems and maintain them regularly. The railway company workers are supposed to fulfill their duties to the fullest. The committee should be answerable so that we could identify the negligent. By the way, life is always tiring. We could not enjoy paradise in the worldly life. Mubarak was never better. The current president is making the same mistakes. The problems lie in the mentality of the Egyptian citizens themselves.

  • كرم جابر

    2013-1-23

    Where do you intend to kill this evening??? Which crossing is next, Assiut, Badrasheen or Alexandria???? Is this what you mean by the term “Renaissance”, intellectuals?

  • ناردين عبد المنعم

    2013-1-23

    Those people offered nothing but killing and destruction. This has been their behavior since the era of Banna and his companions who support the Muslim Brotherhood thought. Their doctrines are not compatible with modern life. Their rise came to the detriment of the young revolutionaries. The latter advocate enlightened convictions paving the way to freedom, democracy and the alternation of power for those who know its people and respect the paupers. They wanted to make their country prevail with dignity. The true revolutionaries dreamt of a sovereign powerful nation that could compete with the European countries. They sought to make Egypt a civilized secular nation by separating the church from the State. O Muslims, are you happy now with gun bearers? You are the origin of terrorism on the planet. You are planting explosives to kill each other?

  • محمود عبد القادر

    2013-1-23

    We are experiencing successive disasters. O Lord, protect us! Be merciful and forgive us. Protect us against the scourges! Amen.

  • عبير فؤاد

    2013-1-23

    This is a real tragedy! The blood of the Egyptians is being shed on roads and railway tracks. The Government raised the slogan: "Death is a matter of fate and destiny" The number of victims is hidden. Of course the compensations are ready. The price of a human life in this accident rose to 30 thousand pounds". It is too cheap, isn’t it? The Government wants to reassure the victims’ families that the life of their relatives is really precious. By the way, this is the highest compensation for road and trains accidents ever during the history of Egypt. More than 70 thousand Egyptian families are overshadowed by sadness every year after the loss of one of their loved ones in a tragic accident on a road or a railway track. This also means that the Egyptian economy annually loses more than 4 billion pounds due to road accidents.

  • مراد علاء

    2013-1-23

    Foolish people will rush to attack Morsi and hold him accountable even for the divorce of husbands from their wives.

  • كمال حسين

    2013-1-23

    We should burn incense to remove this jinx. In fact, we see blood and accidents while the decisions and their cancellation occur usually at night. Egypt is certainly affected by dark magic.

  • على عمران

    2013-1-23

    25 is the solution. They don’t want to understand that the country can’t stand to have someone to come and blame the train driver or the switchman or the residents in the building. The situation is very hard for them. They need to leave everything and go to live with those who were freed from the jails in Gaza. We are fed up.

  • احمد السقا

    2013-1-23

    Ten years? Does this mean that the Brotherhood will stay in leadership for ten years? Will there still be any Egyptians in Egypt at that time? All of us will die. Went to a soccer match and died. Participated in the revolution and died. Went to school and died. Went to do military service and died. Took the train and died. Went to earn a living and died. Shall we change our country? In the reign of Farouk, the Feudals benefited. In the reign of Abd Alnaser, the poor benefited. In the reign of Alsadat, the intruders benefited. In the reign of Mubarak, the corrupt benefited. In the reign of the Brotherhood, the undertakers benefited… so, why are you making plans?

  • حسنى حسان

    2013-1-23

    Please, President Morsi, leave the Brotherhood and pay attention to the people in Egypt, instead of the personal interests and getting revenge. Stop the destruction, because that’s too much. God's our helper.

  • باسم محمد

    2013-1-23

    The dictionary of the prime minister Hisham Qandil is comprised of the following expressions: within, will, meanwhile, in the coming period, underway, are going to start, unprecedentedly, unconventional, develop, initial cost, possibility, will be given, indicators, are about to do, returned from his journey that, met, in fact, and Peace be upon you…. well-done really! This is amazing and we ask God to save you for us dear prime minister. May God help you.

  • لطيف شندل

    2013-1-23

    All the people are upset and sad, and if you look at the face of any Egyptian, you will see so much trouble because of the economic conditions, the daily disasters and the political situation. Everything annoys the people. It was hard that nineteen persons died in the train accident in Albadrashin a few days ago. It’s really something difficult that the persons were soldiers going to or coming from the military service. May God make their families patient, because this accident is awful, and dying that way is terrible, especially at that age. A few days later, we heard about the death of seventeen people in the collapse of an apartment building in Almaamora in Alexandria. Indeed, it’s something depressing and every day we wait for the news, and we wonder if our death is coming soon or we have still time. This is not a rejection of God’s will, but the government should realize that the reason behind the train accident and the collapse of the building is negligence, and the country is totally responsible for these matters. We believe in predestination in Egypt, and we can never be thankless, but there must be commitment and attention, as this is not the first building to collapse or the first train accident. If you observe, you will find that during six months all these accidents are repeated. So, there must be care, and we hope President Mohammed Morsi gives up on the idea of one hundred days and instead thinks about the one hundred million Egyptian people, because this is more important than the illusion we live in. About two hundred days have passed and they will be one thousand, and we don’t see anything new happening. There is no power but in God.

  • عبد اللطيف الصقر

    2013-1-22

    Every day, we witness accidents and disasters until we feel that we can die at any time either in a building block, on a train or in any demonstration in the street. Even seventy five of the people who wanted to entertain themselves in the stadium have been killed, the train has claimed fifty or twenty lives and the building caused the death of thirty people. This seems to be a curse or fate of Allah. I really hope that President Mohamed Morsi will slaughter ten calves at the expense of the State in order to remove the jinx and to remove these disasters. In fact, maybe these things take place in Egypt because there are some evil spirits are living in the country and not caring for the well-being of Egypt but for their interests. As an Egyptian citizen, I am sure that if you enter any house in Egypt, you will find that people are sad and in trouble in addition to the disasters they watch on ,namely the train accident and the economic problem in addition to the lack of money and the expenses of children. It is really a very hard life but I wonder what we should say except thanks to Allah and God forbids and He is the most Powerful. Yet, Allah has endowed Egypt with a blessing that consists in overcoming sadness quickly. Thus, I pray Allah to remove this sadness as soon as possible so that Egypt will wake up and enlighten the world with its good people who have really endured a lot over the last period.

  • طلال ما هر

    2013-1-22

    Do you want us to hear about all these accidents and remain indifferent about the crisis around us and unaware that we may become victims any time? What sin did the children of Assiut do to be crushed by the train when they were going to school? In the end, it was the mistake of the crossing agent. I wonder where the other officials were. Do we always have to find a scapegoat while the officials will remain outside the system? We really want a solution to reduce these accidents. Although we are aware that this was the fate of Allah, we have to carry out our duty and assume our responsibility in front of Allah. May Allah damn Morsi for the renaissance which he is claiming, especially as we are witnessing accidents every day. We do not want any renaissance, we rather want safety. I am really afraid of going out in the street and becoming the victim next time. I am also afraid that a building will fall down on me or even my building. I am afraid of traveling and the train will burn and even if I fly like the well-off, the plane may burn because everything is unfortunately suffering from neglect. For these reason, I call on any official in the Egyptian Government to assume his responsibility. It is really enough for the humiliation since we got tired and disgusted and we want a solution. We also want to get the rights of the victims who have been murdered. We do not want compensations because they will never restore what has been lost. We really dream of a better future to the country. Egyptians are not that bad. They want nothing but life.

  • زياد مشاري

    2013-1-22

    Indeed, there is a third party and remnants of the former regime. They are paid well to restore the former regime through pressing the people until they long for the days of Mubarak. They are not playing, and each penny is paid to certain people to do certain things. I feel that there are many strange things in Egypt and I ask God to help us in the coming days, because the words of Moursi are not reassuring. He tries to assure us through the general facts, but I felt that there are serious problems. He once said, that those who tamper with the situation in the country secretly is a small group and he prefers to keep them unknown. People laughed at his reference, but he knows really what is happening. He is watchful and he keeps his eyes on the third party. The evidence is that the situation became relatively calm since he assumed power. All the second and third parties disappeared.

  • راشد معاذ

    2013-1-22

    Life is full of the sorrows and our faces are full of the sadness because of the successive tragedies. We do not know whether to blame the neglect or if it is destiny. The questions are endless, but the victims are there and those who die will not come back again. Glory be to Allah! This is a strong tragedy and we do not know who are responsible for this. Is it the criminal who cut off the wires and derailed the train or the driver of the school children’s bus insisted on standing in front of the train in Assyut? What about the building, which collapsed in Al-Ma’mourah and resulted in the death of about 20 people. This is a tragedy and we do not know how the Egyptian people can be happy when they see such a sharp rise in the prices. The citizen has become suppressed and oppressed. Indeed, the people of Egypt need God’s help urgently.

  • جهاد يزيد

    2013-1-22

    There is no third party or so because the main problem is the neglect and bribery as well as lack of morals. We reached this dirty stage because of the lack of religiosity. This is the real third party and I do not want anyone to accuse the remnants of the former regime. How could the remnants of the former regime derail a train or make a train hit a bus with schoolchildren? How could they prevent someone from leaving his house to get food and drink? Whom could they make killing people in broad daylight? Did they play a role in the collapse of the building in Alexandria? We are wrong and our manners are evil. These evil manners led us to the current situation.

  • إيهاب رشاد

    2013-1-22

    This is a strategic mistake because what will happen if a more serious problem affected the train. How could we restore this huge number of the youth of Egypt who were in their best physical and health conditions? How could we let them die in this way? The parliament with its two chambers must issue a law setting the maximum number of the soldiers in any single vehicle at 100 police or army recruits whether this vehicle was a train car or a bus. They could be distributed to a number of cars in a single day or in many days. We must stop wasting the life of the best soldiers on earth because we have seen in the past the airplane crash in the USA, which was carrying the best Egyptian soldiers. They were on a single plane to be hunted easily. We wish to be more broadminded and learn from the lessons of the past. Otherwise, we will remain in this swamp endlessly.

  • غاده عبد الرازق

    2013-1-22

    Abd El-Nasser spent the money of Egypt on the Nksah of 1967, while Sadat was loyal to Egypt and restored its honor in 1973. Abu Alaa destroyed the country until 2010, while Moursi is cleaning the ruins with the help of the Muslim Brotherhood. On the other hand, Sabahi, Amr and ElBaradei are pressing millions of the poor Egyptians to embitter their lives more and more, while those traitors were dancing all day and night with the sad scene of Egypt in the background.

  • نبيلة عبد العال

    2013-1-22

    The events are consecutive and endless, which proves that there is a third party that tries to create havoc with the future of Egypt. The third party can be in the prisoners of Turah prison, as the members of the Freedom and Justice commonly believe it. They always accuse the former regime of the responsibility for causing troubles in Egypt. Logically, the Muslim Brotherhood has no interest in committing these crimes, but they actually work on spreading the security and stability, as these are the factors, which will support their stay in the authority. The third party tries to tamper with the future of Egypt because it opposes the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood. I really believe that this is masterminded by those who are in Turah Prison; because these are their filthy methods and we will never forget what happened when they blew up a churches.

  • عرفات فتحي

    2013-1-22

    I am Egyptian and what is happening to us is prohibited.

  • سيف الدين على

    2013-1-21

    The crises and the accidents have made the Egyptians grieve. Although there were several of them, no one has thought about a rational solution. Unfortunately, the government is just giving compensation to the victims, without taking into consideration that soon they will be a heavy burden on the people. The people want stability, and not to simply have all their ambitions destroyed in a hideous train accident.

  • نور حمدى

    2013-1-21

    May God forgive them and have mercy on them. You are the Forgiving and the All-Merciful. Oh, God, make them rest in your heaven. Oh, God, put patience into the hearts of their families and in ours, and make our dwelling be with your prophets and believers. You are the All- Compassionate. Praise be to God, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds. Amen.

  • محمود عبد القادر

    2013-1-21

    The daily nefarious train accidents in Egypt make me very sad. The necessary measures must be taken to make it easy for the Egyptian people to overcome this outrageous crisis. In fact, the last accident involved young soldiers who never expected that their end would be so tragic and painful. The government ought to take all the necessary measures and find effective solutions to avoid such accidents by putting together a good budget to repair the railways in Egypt, and not by appointing a new Minister of Transportation.

  • امينة شلباية

    2013-1-21

    In recent days, the accidents and the collapses have increased in Egypt. It seems that President Moursi is an evil omen for the Egyptians.

  • سمير المرسى

    2013-1-21

    There is no power but in God; to God we shall return. Really, we hope this disaster will be the last, but no one can guarantee this. It’s the tradition of life that we are happy one day and we weep the next day. Unfortunately, the weeping has become very much these days, and we have no hope for tomorrow. However, we will be satisfied with God and say thanks to God, and to God we shall return. These young men did nothing but respond to the country’s call, and the others responded to God’s call, and this is something we should accept and understand well, because God’s command can never be rejected, whatever the loss.

  • ايلين موسى

    2013-1-21

    There is always a scapegoat! Qandil Pasha should not be held accountable. By God this is unfair. The citizens should show more patriotism and adhere to their rights.

  • باسم محمد

    2013-1-21

    God is great! Having said this, we could conclude the case and wait for another accident and new victims... Coming soon!

  • عبد المجيد حازم

    2013-1-21

    It is necessary to put an end to this farce. Every morning, we hear about new train accidents which have become even more frequent than highway car crashes. Each time the authorities lay the blame on the crossing workers or the train driver. They never hold the maintenance engineers accountable.

  • طلال ما هر

    2013-1-21

    Of course, Egyptians feel sad. How could we feel happy and rejoice when we see everything around us collapsing! Every day, we hear about an accident, violence, murder, blood and victims. We should of course feel sad since our turn will certainly come one day. Yet, I wonder what will happen if we die in a train or bus accident or our house collapses. What will happen if demonstrations and sit-ins occur and hundreds will be murdered? No one knows. But what should I say except that the reasons are many but death is one. I really believe in God's will but I was saying where is the harm if all the officials will carry out their duties and that is all. They will on the contrary win the respect of the people and we will not fire a minister each time an accident occurs. It is noteworthy that we do not know the ministers of transportation and any other minister only when he is fired. We are really tired and we want to settle on a minister in order to choose rightly from the beginning. Otherwise, we do not want ministers since we have been enjoying life without a President. You should fear Allah in us and stop causing death to people.

  • سيدة

    2013-1-20

    By the way, what is happening with us is painful. Every now and then they say that there are train crashes and people are dead, as if they are not human beings for Morsi and his corrupt ilk. This is wrong and it does not satisfy God or anyone. I wish to know why these accidents happen only in Egypt not the USA, despite the fact that they have trains that walk on bridges that are a hundred or maybe even a thousand meters high. This is prohibited and God does not accept the murder of those innocents. What is the cause O Muslims? Does this please God? Can anyone enter Paradise with this act? The Taliban movement assassinates the people and carries out terrorist operations. I swear this is prohibited.

  • باسل جمال

    2013-1-20

    We seek God's help against the negligent people. It is not enough that the children of Manfalout have not gained their rights. We seek God's help against those who killed these souls.

  • أيمن محمود

    2013-1-20

    The issue is not about the material or mechanic development, but the real problem is with the development of the human being and making him value the respect for law and order. The cause of all accidents in Egypt is the neglect of he human beings not the chain. Hence, if the people are civilized then there if no problem. However, the most advanced technologies will not be helpful with chaotic people and the train’s caravan will not be separated from the train even if it is broken unless the driver was frivolous and stupid for moving at high speed, in addition to a reckless student who jokes with his partner to push him under the metro’s wheels. The Egyptian people are chaotic and the government, even if it is from Germany or Japan, will never be helpful as long as there is chaos.

  • أمجد ماضي

    2013-1-20

    Indeed, things are still sorrowful and what we hear is sufficient. I think that the horrible railroad disasters in Egypt are sorrowful. We mourn over the dead soldiers. Indeed, this is destiny, but we will say nothing but what pleases God in this situation. We belong to God the Almighty and to Him we shall return. However, the distress that afflicted nineteen mothers and families is very difficult and the tragedy is that this accident is similar to the one that took place few months ago in Assyut, Upper Egypt. Badrashin train came to be another link in this tragic chain. It seems that the railroads wait for the advent of the new minister to allow him to leave his fingerprint. All the transportation ministers in Egypt left tragic events against them or against the people. The term of each Minister of transportation must witness painful accidents.

  • امل عثمان

    2013-1-20

    I do not know what is the stance of the government about all that is happening. There is no power except with God the Almighty.

  • محمد عزت

    2013-1-20

    May God curse all those who have a hand in the Badrashin train’s accident, because those poor people committed nothing wrong to face this tragic end. If they have been football players or actors, the whole state would have been moved and things would have been heated because they would be regarded as a human wealth that cannot be compensated. However, the poor soldiers who died, no one thought that the people would need them someday to maintain security. Indeed, the situation in Egypt has changed greatly and all parties exchange the charges. The Muslim brotherhood accuses the Salvation Front in general and Hamdin in particular of working on destroying the country, and the Salvation Front accuses the government of neglect and demands the cabinet reshuffle. Again, the people also accuse the prisoners of Turah of being involved. All parties try to avoid the responsibility, forgetting that the accident took place and that we should speak about the rights of the martyrs. May Allah forgive and have mercy upon them.

  • ماريان نبيل

    2013-1-20

    This is exactly what we mean by double discourse. They are seeking nothing but power. They are destroying Egypt instead of making strategic plans ... Shame on you, you weak force (Rescue Network)

  • فارس احمد

    2013-1-20

    Which train is next? I wonder who the real perpetrator is.

  • محمود ذو الفقار

    2013-1-20

    Frankly, I am so sad for the victims who have died in the recent train accident. I also call on all the Egyptian people to pray for mercy of the martyrs. In fact, I usually feel sad when I hear about such accidents. I hope that the neglect of the authorities will come to an end because we are really fed up. We could be next, if we do not act now. O Government, we are demanding effective solutions. The Assiyut train accident where many children died should be the last. They claim that the crossing workers are the negligent. It does not make sense. In other accidents they laid the blame on the drivers. The crossing workers and the train drivers are only the scapegoats. I hope that everyone will assume their responsibility in the future. We should not hold the drivers accountable and ignore the responsibility of high officials.

  • سعيد حساسين

    2013-1-20

    The President Morsi is the only one responsible for the death of those victims. In fact, this man represents the executive and the legislative branches. He monopolizes all the powers and he addresses all the political forces claiming that he assumes the full responsibility. For this reason, we urge him to fear God. You are unjust towards yourself rather than the others. You will be held accountable before God. The passiveness has reached its peak either out of ignorance and weakness or because the facts are too blurred for you. In all cases, you are convicted. Please, make some self assessment before God Almighty holds you accountable. In the infidel West, we saw many heads of States step down from power because of a train accident. In our nation, they do not resign even if two or three accidents occur.

  • شاهين أبو شالة

    2013-1-20

    Poor People and unaware of what is taking place. In the end, we will attribute this to fate. If all the officials are serious at work and are not appearing in the media as if they had inherited the country. I really want to remind all the State officials that they are workers for this country just like scavengers. But the scavenger respects his conscience while they do not.

  • تيسير المنفلوطى

    2013-1-20

    I suggest appointing a safety agent on each train who should accompany the train driver and be responsible for the following: (1) the receipt of the train’s safety conditions book that should be certified and adopted by the maintenance and operation officials in the departure station… (2) In all the stations, this agent together with the official who is responsible for the station should carry out a rapid inspection of the vehicles from the outside and inspect the links which are supposed to be locked well while a copy of the keys should be under his personal responsibility or with the driver… Also, the train should not move unless he accomplishes this work and he is responsible for giving the signal for the train driver and the responsible official of the station to move... (3) As soon as the train moves and before passing on the crossings, this agent should communicate by any means with the crossings or the safety agent to accomplish and alert ... (4) We should assign the maximum penalty to every neglectful person or responsible for any problem even though it is small. Firmness and intensity are needed in this service and all the other services… In the end, it is noteworthy that jobless people are many in Egypt. I wonder why the State does not appoint some of them as safety agents in trains, stations and crossings in three shifts and holidays alternatives and the citizen shall bear the increasing costs, given that they care first for the safety of the means of transport and his own safety regardless of how much he has paid.

  • مايسة العسال

    2013-1-20

    Egyptians are sad because of the successive accidents. On the other hand, none of the State officials is carrying out his main job duties as required since everyone is leaning on others in his job. However, renaissance will never be fulfilled this way. We have chosen President Mohamed Morsi for his renaissance platform but we will never elect him for the death project. Thus, if the lives of Egyptians have been involved into a dirty game that circulates between these officials, I am personally against any reliance from the part of State officials. In fact, News Agencies claim that this train accident is preplanned. As far as I am concerned, whether it was preplanned or not, I call for the right of the Egyptian lives which have been claimed because of negligence. Therefore, I call on the officials to take all the necessary measures for the train accident victims.

  • غسان المصرى

    2013-1-19

    . The recruits' families aroused much sadness in people who watched them weeping over the bodies of their loved ones. We are really shocked by the scene. We do not see any glimpse of hope at the end of the tunnel. The Government should put an end to such negligence. In fact, the negligence is so significant. The authorities should make the necessary reforms. We are fed up with fatalist speeches. If we justify such negligence with fate, we will keep counting the number of victims forever.

  • عثمان الجمل

    2013-1-19

    The only way to resolve the problem of trains in Egypt is to renovate the fleet altogether and in all Egyptian territories. The project should be accredited to a purely Egyptian company which could receive the support of the Egyptian people. The latter should be a shareholding company. The capital…let’s say a hundred pounds. We could subscribe at least one hundred million stocks. In so doing, all the Egyptian social classes could afford to buy these stocks and take part in the national efforts to establish a new public facility at the highest standards. In fact, the current railways facilities in Egypt do not fit a country whose population amounts to a million. Indeed, we must keep in mind that the Egyptian population has reached a hundred million. Meanwhile, the situation of the trains has not changed at all. There are no new trains and there is a lack of proper maintenance. I think that the Railways Company should not be privatized. If the Government takes such a measure, then it will reproduce the approach of Mubarak, which means another catastrophe. However, the stock system, with a limited number of stocks per capita, would create more justice in the distribution of earnings. The stock system would enable the Egyptians to renovate the trains by themselves and ensure their livelihood. Indeed, they would invest their money in their beloved country, Egypt.

  • نيفين عدلى

    2013-1-19

    My family and my tribe members are begging the ministers. They are suffering. May Allah have mercy on them!

  • مهند المطيرى

    2013-1-19

    We have been accustomed in the era of the ousted President to such mishaps and thought that Dr. Morsi is good and he will come to save us from the mud in which we have drowned or at least improve these conditions until we will manage to eradicate them. However, what happened was completely the opposite since disasters are increasing. Therefore, we should send him an urgent telegram to tell him (Please stop this renaissance because Egypt will be lost)! In the past, when someone wanted to commit suicide, he used to throw himself under the wheels of the train. Today, it is enough to take the train which will carry out its duty and give him a ride to the tombs of his family! Allah is the most Powerful and our Agent.

  • مروان إبراهيم

    2013-1-19

    The railway network in Egypt dates back to the era of the English occupation. This means that it is rickety and has not been maintained for 100 years. In fact, Egyptians are aware of this very well and if they accuse the Government of Qandil, this will be a lie and far from reality.

  • حامد اللميع

    2013-1-19

    All our current conditions are attributed to fate and destiny. Thus, you should neither accuse the Muslim Brotherhood nor Hosni Mubarak. You should calm down and it is enough for these bad conditions. Indeed, I call on all those who really love Egypt to pray Allah sincerely to remove His rage and anger. They should also pray Allah the Almighty to have mercy on Egypt for the sake of the poor Egyptians who have no one but Allah.

  • راشد معاذ

    2013-1-19

    When the accidents of dilapidated trains that are 100 years old happen, the opponents cheer and blame the current government as if it is the one that brought these trains during its six-month reign or as if it had the billions needed to reconstruct the railways and didn’t do so. They don’t blame the one who robbed Egypt for 30 years and his followers. At the end, they say: we are sorry Mr. President.

  • ريان مهند

    2013-1-19

    No one can deny that all train accidents that happen around us are because of the negligence on the part of those in charge. The train accidents in Egypt are increasing in a horrible way. Some of these accidents are revealed and discussed in the media or receive attention from the government while others are unrevealed and no one knows anything about them, especially those that occur in the remote governorates. What really surprises me is that the greater the numbers of victims, the more the compensations and attention; how astonishing! But what really concerns me in this whole issue are the train accidents and we should work hard to avoid such accidents. But we cannot do this until we reconstruct the railway system in Egypt to suit the Egyptians, especially those in Upper Egypt, and it’s necessary to import new trailers to be used .Perhaps one of the most important reasons for accidents in Egypt is the negligence on the part of those in charge of the railways or their inability to repair the trains due to the economic crisis.

  • حبيب نايف

    2013-1-19

    This is very serious matter that warrants thinking, examination, wisdom and extensive investigation as the explanation is real and not just expectations- and no doubt there are some parties trying to destroy Egypt by all means. God Save Egypt - Amen Lord of the Worlds

  • باسل جمال

    2013-1-19

    Firstly, my condolences go to the victims. Secondly, this accident is masterminded 100% by the remnants of the former regime to take revenge from the army, to implicate the current government and to discredit president Morsi. There are many reasons for this: 1- persecution of the former regime due to the discovery of new evidences leaked by the army to the commission of inquiry 2- the unresponsiveness of the army with the counter revolution to meet the ambitions of some parties wagered and counted on the army’s intervention to overturn Morsi. As for the goals and motives, the remnants of the former regime won’t stop implicating the government to provoke the public, especially on the occasion of 25th January. May God save Egypt and its honorable people.

  • مسعد سليمان

    2013-1-18

    This is very strange. Every week, we learn about a train accident in Egypt while the Egyptian government is keeping this sector in operation. I swear that if the same thing happened in a nation that respects the lives of human beings, the whole railway system would have been shut down until all railways are changed in order to save the lives of human beings. But in Arab countries, the lives of citizens are unfortunately very cheap.

  • امل عثمان

    2013-1-18

    For the past thirty years, they were building a whole nation out of hay, and that is why the disasters and tragedies are endless! Poverty will keep haunting the incumbent government since its members were only interested in reaching power. Soon, they will spiral down just like the nation is spiraling down currently, and that’s nothing but their well-deserved reward!

  • غاده عبد الرازق

    2013-1-18

    The Egyptian Railway Authority has announced that ticket fares will be increased to include washing of the deceased (Ghusl), shrouding the body with the Kafan and mortician charges.

  • ميريهان مجدى

    2013-1-18

    During the reign of the Muslim Brotherhood, 6 or 7 train accidents have occurred despite that their top priority was to improve and regulate the transportation system during their first 100 days in power.

  • محمد عزت

    2013-1-18

    What plan did the Railway Authority put in place after the Assiut accident that killed children? Whenever a tragedy unfolds, you talk about an urgent plan, but I’m starting to doubt that those in charge of the country are any different than the ousted president and his ministers. They make the same statements as those of the previous regime; nothing new here. May God help us.

  • عبد الله العمروسى

    2013-1-18

    There is no doubt that an ideal solution for the recent train accidents in Egypt will never be formulated from these comments of ours. However, the government officials themselves must come up with such solution and implement it. They should do their best in order to overhaul the train system and I would like to suggest a few things. The first thing is to dismiss the current government and come up with a new one, including the Ministry of Transportation, and I prefer appointing young people aged between thirty and forty. Secondly, all trains in operation must be halted until the overhaul process is completed. When carrying out this process, the train infrastructures must be upgraded as opposed to performing mere superficial changes to the train stations. Thirdly, new means of transportation, such as minibuses and buses, should be provided for people who want to go back to their hometowns and their ticket fares must be the same as those of the trains until the renovation and repair operations are done. Fourth, the number of train cars must be increased to more than 8-10. Fifth, college students pursuing railway system-related studies must be utilized and their potential and capabilities should be capitalized on. Sixth, after the completion of the renovation and repair process, ongoing monitoring must be done in order to prevent any train car from carrying more than 200 passengers. In other words, the trains must be monitored in order to improve the train conditions in Egypt.

  • عمران أبو شالة

    2013-1-18

    I ask god to grant mercy to those who died in the recent train accident. I can describe this accident as a deadly one and I have also mentioned earlier that it won’t be the last accident due to the harrowingly large number of accidents. I’m deeply saddened and the entire Egyptian people share the same sorrow and gloom on account of these appalling accidents that claimed thousands of lives. I wish that god will count those victims as martyrs and wish that they will delight in boons and blessings in the elevated Gardens of Paradise. I also ask god to grant patience and fortitude to the families of these victims and speedy recovery to those who were injured in this painful accident. I also appeal to all citizens and every capable person to help those who were injured in order to save their lives. People must go to the hospitals do donate blood since these people are in need of every drop of blood and they might survive and enjoy life again thanks to your help, god willing. I also ask the people responsible for this accident to unearth the reasons that led to the accident and all necessary procedures must be taken against any official proven guilty.

  • جمعه الاقرع

    2013-1-18

    There is no power except with God the Almighty.

  • بسمه

    2013-1-18

    I do not belong to the Muslim Brotherhood, but I see that all this happens in order to make President Muhammad Moursi fail compared with those who preceded him. God knows the best.

  • تامر على

    2013-1-17

    We seek God's help against them.

  • كريم عمار

    2013-1-17

    We ask God to have mercy upon all those who died in this railroad accident.

  • منه محمد

    2013-1-17

    All I can say is that we seek God's help against those who are responsible for the death of the innocents.

  • محمد الحسيني

    2013-1-17

    We should hire foreign railroad experts, because this would be the best solution and enough with this arrogant Egyptian way of solving problems.

  • ahmed yaser

    2013-1-17

    May God shield us from these disasters.