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April 6th Youth America slams foreign ministry's response to Hurricane Sandy

The April 6 Movement's US branch says that Egyptians on the US East Coast were abandoned to their fate in the face of Hurricane Sandy

Zeinab El Gundy , Thursday 1 Nov 2012
April 6th Youth America Slams Ministry of Foreign affairs for neglecting Egyptians in Sandy
This aerial photo made from a helicopter shows storm damage from Sandy over the Atlantic Coast in Mantoloking, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 (Photo:AP)
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April 6 Youth America, "the movement's branch in the United States," issued a statement Wednesday attacking the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for neglecting Egyptian nationals on the East Coast of the United States in areas that suffered under Hurricane Sandy.

"The movement expresses its strong dissatisfaction with the performance of the Egyptian foreign ministry regarding its nationals in these areas of the East Coast," the branch said in its statement.

"As per movement members in the US, the Egyptian embassy or consulate did not give any form of help and most telephone numbers were out of service," the statement added.

For the ministry's part, it said in a statement published on its official Facebook page that the Egyptian consulate in New York City received no reports of Egyptian deaths in areas affected by the storm. The ministry also stated that Consul Youssef Zada and the consulate in New York had got a special emergency line to receive calls from Egyptians in need of help and that it was posted on the consulate's website before the storm.

There has been no official reaction to the April 6 Youth America statement and accusations.

Egyptian Americans living in areas hit by Sandy began to launch online campaigns to help other Egyptian Americans affected by the storm. "Egyptians in the US," a page on Facebook called on Egyptians who have been displaced or affected by Sandy to contact the page in order to provide help as soon as possible.

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