Expatriates in Egypt obviously are in a precarious position given the political unrest that has wracked the Middle Eastern country over the last several days. Here is an excerpt from a recent New York Times article that relates what expatriates at the airport in Cairo are experiencing:
The American Embassy announced that, starting Monday, it was organizing chartered flights to evacuate its citizens “to safe-haven locations” in Europe. It urged Americans in Egypt to “consider leaving as soon as they can safely do so.”
An estimated 90,000 Americans live and work in Egypt, most in cities now roiled by antigovernment protests, looting and a military presence that includes tanks and helicopters. By some estimates, 100 people have been killed during the six days of demonstrations.
Hundreds of expatriates and tourists were stranded in their homes, hotels or at the airport. Mirianna Gaitani, 30, a photographer from Crete who is vacationing in Egypt, said her hotel, the Atel Concorde, had earlier prohibited her and her three friends from leaving because of the tumult on the streets.
This is another one of those situations, and there have been many since ExpatExchange.com launched in 1997, that can best described as an expat’s worst nightmare. Whether or not an expat has made appropriate preparations and received relevant training now comes into play. It’s another reminder for all of us involved with the expatriate experience that being proactive matters.
Here is another article from WSJ.com that updates the steps being taken by the U.S. State Department for Americans in Egypt.