DAY 2: Politics of Egypt
After gaining independence from the rule of strong powers such as the Ottoman Empire and Europe, Egypt has continued to be ruled under military dictatorship. During the election following the revolt that was inspired by the 2011 Jasmine Revolution, Morsi from the Muslim Brotherhood was voted president, but not long after a military coup d’état removed him from power. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the head of the Egyptian Armed Forces, took control, and about 1,500 opponents of the new government were killed during protests in Cairo.
Due to the IMF, high unemployment rate among young people, dropping value of the Egyptian currency, etc. the people are increasingly becoming dissatisfied with the government, but because of brutal crackdowns, they are no longer able to try to change the situation through another revolution. If the government detects even the slightest hint of a demonstration, the police will closely patrol and monitor the area.
The mighty power of ancient Egypt has been long lost, and the nation’s leaders’ political regard for the citizens has also been long lost. The people had been anticipating a new world after the revolution, but after suffering under a government more repressive than previous powers, the people cannot even dream of a better world anymore.
Egypt, drunk on greed and past glory, is no longer able to stand straight and see the reality in front of her. But Egypt will lay down all evilness and seek the Lord with a contrite heart, and the work of true restoration of this land will begin
“It will be a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry to the Lord because of oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and deliver them. And the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day and worship with sacrifice and offering, and they will make vows to the Lord and perform them.” (Isaiah 19:20-21)
- May the people of Egypt become poor in spirit, that they may look to the Lord.
- Lord, reveal yourself to them that we may soon see the day when they will worship you.