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Egypt Offers Free Train Seats for Cancer Patients

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Egypt Offers Free Train Seats for Cancer Patients

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The Ministry of Transport has announced that four seats in all standard and air-conditioned trains would be allocated to cancer patients and their companions.

Cancer patient would be given specific and annual identity ‘cards’ by the Railway Authority ; the cards could be used any time during the booking of a train ticket.

The Assistant Minister of Transport Amr Shaat also reported that 10 additional trains, which were functioning solely on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, would cease to work  on June 26.

According to Egypt Independent, the decision was issued in a press statement on Monday, and Shaat stated that to allocate special seats for cancer patients was the state’s duty.

Ramsees train station in Cairo
Photo credit: Chris Belsten/ Flickr

Last year, Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signed an agreement with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to construct a new electric train which would link New Cairo and the 10th of Ramadan city with the new administrative capital. The construction of the train is due to end in 2020.

 

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Cairo-based and with nine years of experience in journalism, Sara is deputy editor-in-chief and managing editor of Egyptian Streets. She holds two Bachelors (Egyptology and Journalism) from the American University in Cairo (2011). Her interests include history, comparative archaeology, gender, religion, minority rights, science fiction, and the environment.

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