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Corruption leaves Dokki’s poor without bread

Corruption leaves Dokki’s poor without bread
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People desperately waiting in line for bread at a local vendor. Photo: Shawn Baldwin, the New York Times

By Aya Samir, The Cairo Post

CAIRO: Al-Aish w Al-Horya party said in a statement Wednesday that they reported corruption in the Awlad-Alam slum in al-Dokki, as they found that the residents’ share of subsidized bread is being manipulated which causes public suffering in the area.

The public committee along with the residents in the area said in the statement that they have documents that support their accusations, as they have been suffering for almost year the lack of subsidized bread, adding that their share has been manipulated and that they only receive 4000 loaves collectively instead of the 6600 to which they are entitled as is stated in the agreement between the governorate and the residents.

“The bread outlets have stopped working since the first day of Eid, despite the previous statements from the Minster of Supply which stated that bakeries will operate normally during Eid” the statement said.

It said that repeated ignorance for the residents’ problems and especially this crisis concerning bread, caused an outrage among the people which could escalate any time.

The report that was issued by Awlad-Alam slum area’s public committee and Al-Aish w Al-Horya party accusing the Dokki administration for supplying, the manager of Dokki supplies inspection and the undersecretary of the Minister of Supply in Giza, according to the released statement.

This bread crisis is not the first one for Awlad-Alam’s slum area, as al-Bawaba news published last April that residents are facing a group of heavy infrastructure problems including gas, bread and sanitation issues.

Some accusations have been said without proof by some residents, who claimed a mysterious relation between some investors and officials to issue removal orders for buildings claimed to be “illegal”, explaining to al-Bawaba news that their slum is considered a part of an urban area in Giza and many investors are willing to invest in it.

Egypt faced a wave of outrage during the past couple of years due to the lack of bread; rows have been seen in front of bakeries and bread outlets which occasionally caused the eruption of clashes .

A report that has been issued by the Information and Decision Support Center in the Egyptian cabinet 2010 and was published on its website said that 90% of Egyptian families are using subsidized bread in their daily meals and 60% of them are depending on it.

A new system has been applied lately by minster of supply Khaled Hanafy concerning bakeries and subsidized bread, however, Veto reported earlier this month that these new decisions indirectly increased flour smuggling especially during Ramadan.

Minister of Urban Development Laila Iskander told Youm7 earlier this month that they are planning to develop slums in the light of six projects ready for initiation and are to be completed by 2015, at a cost of 500 million EGP.

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