Stories From Egypt ‹ Reader —

In this Christmas season, and amidst the doom and gloom in the Middle East, I like to share these two stories from Egypt.First, Mohamed Ayman Shaweeka, a young Egyptian soldier, saved the life of 16 of his comrades in the town of Al-Masaeed in the North Sinai city of El-Arish when he embraced a suicide bomber with his body moments before the explosion occurred. Mohamed died just 15 days before his 21st birthday, but his bravery made him a hero in the eyes of millions in Egypt.Mohamed, the most common Muslim name, is now associated with terrorism, radicalism, and barbarity. Yet Mohamed is actually the antidote of that image. He died not to kill, but to save lives.His story, although widely covered in Egypt, was ignored in Western media—probably because it is considered taboo to praise any Egyptian soldier since the 2013 coup, although this is counter-productive to say the least.At a time when Islamophobia is on the rise, it is crucial to highlight how young Muslims are fighting terrorism. If Mohamed was just doing his job in “Sisi’s army” (as some Islamists would like to portray the Egyptian army), he would have simply tried to save his own life. But he did not. He definitely knew that embracing the terrorist would cost him his life, but he still did it, because—like many Egyptians—he joined the army to defend his country, regardless of the senior brass’s political stance.

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9-year-old schoolboy with brain tumour is first to have testicular tissue frozen to save fertility – Telegraph – {Crass commercialization, exploitation, and experimentation on children!}

“Tissue freezing gives children hope not just for the future but it also means that they suddenly believe they are going to survive their cancer.”They have the same options as all their peers. It makes a big difference to them.”The NHS does not fund the freezing of testicular tissue but money from fertility firm IVI has helped boost the clinical service in Oxford so patients can access it for free.Dr Lane said she hopes to be able to secure NHS funding for testicular tissue freezing but is still gathering the data needed to put to bodies such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice).Martin Ledwick, Cancer Research UK’s head cancer information nurse, said the new procedure is promising and gives hope to young cancer patients.He said: “Thousands of young people are diagnosed with cancer every year so finding ways to preserve their chance of having a family later in life is a really important part of their treatment.”

Source: 9-year-old schoolboy with brain tumour is first to have testicular tissue frozen to save fertility – Telegraph