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By

Nahed Elbanhawy
Founder & Editor
The Egyptian Castle - since 1997

Once again, I kept reminding myself that I was there for one purpose and one purpose only ... to perform my Hajj ... 

As I was traveling with a non Egyptian passport, I was told that my Group who are all Americans will be staying at the American camp, which was fine with all of us.  Somehow,  Mohamed Elsherbini, managed to break the law and took us (a foreign group)  to the Egyptian camp.  Needless to say, as much as I was happy to see other Egyptians, after all they are my people, as much as I was very embarrassed as an Egyptian in front of my group who are all Americans.  The behavior of the Egyptians in the Egyptian Camp were just unacceptable or if I may say uncivilized.  The women in my group who did not speak or understood Arabic, were looking at me for help or an explanation of what was going on around them.  They were being pushed, shoved, talked down to and food was snatched from front of them before it even reached them.    Of course once again, Mohamed Elsherbini was no where to be found and I had to deal with Dr. Salwa who is the owner of the Egyptian Travel agency, I spoke about earlier and responsible for the Egyptian Group.  

I demanded food and proper shelter for my group who did not know how to communicate with anyone there as they did not speak Arabic.  Fair enough, Dr Salwa sent out for a numbered quantity of K.F.C.  (Kentucky Fried Chicken) boxes for my group.  Once the chicken arrived and was ready to be handed out to the ladies in my group, I was literally attacked by the Egyptian Group who mobbed the boxes and snatched them in a flash.  Need I tell you how embarrassed I was? .. I'll let your imagination work this one out.

In a confrontational discussion with Dr. Salwa, she admitted to me that for our Group to be staying in the Egyptian Camp is against the law and the Saudi Regulations.  She agreed with Mohamed Elsherbini to combine both Groups to save money, knowing that it was illegal.   Her defense was, we always do things like that.  My answer was maybe you do things like that in Egypt, maybe you can overlook the illegal issues, but I don't break the law because it is illegal and not because I can get away with it

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