Egyp­tian goes pub­lic to shun Brother­hood

Ghafajy’s ges­ture wins him fam­ily’s praise

Gulf News - - Middle East -

What is the best way to dis­tance from an out­lawed group?

For Fawzy Ghafajy, an Egyp­tian med­i­cal pro­fes­sional, the most ef­fec­tive ploy is to do it in pub­lic.

Res­i­dents in the Delta town of Al Santa, about 95 kilo­me­tres north of Cairo, were sur­prised to see a large ban­ner car­ry­ing the name of Ghafajy, a se­nior of­fi­cial in the town’s hos­pi­tal.

The ban­ner, hung in a main street in the town, has one aim: declar­ing dis­as­so­ci­a­tion with the banned

“Dr Fawzy Abdul Hamid Ghafajy, the head of the phys­io­ther­apy depart­ment in Al Santa hos­pi­tal, and an ex-Brother­hood mem­ber, dis­owns the ter­ror­ist Brother­hood,” reads the ban­ner in big let­ters.

Ghafajy’s move drew ap­plause from his fam­ily.

“I am very proud of my father. He is a brave man,” com­mented his son Ah­mad, who is also a med­i­cal pro­fes­sional.

“There has been mas­sive sym­pa­thy from peo­ple with him be­cause he did not act like rats and es­caped from Egypt,” Ah­mad added in an on­line post. Mus­lim Brother­hood.

The ban­ner in Ara­bic shows an Egyp­tian man dis­tanc­ing him­self from the Brother­hood.

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