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International workers return to Egypt

February 23, 2011

WINNIPEG, Man. – All Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) international workers moved from Egypt during the recent turmoil are returning to their work placements in Egypt. 

The decision to send 13 MCC international staff, including two children, back to Egypt was made in consultation with MCC partner organizations in Egypt who have assured MCC that life is returning to normal following President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation Feb. 11.
“Our partners in Egypt take hospitality very seriously and part of that hospitality includes protecting their guests,” said Jan Martens Janzen, a director of MCC’s Middle East program. “We know that they thought things through very carefully before they said it feels safe enough for MCC workers to return.”
Other factors considered in the decision to have workers return include general stability in regards to communication and banking services, said Martens Janzen.
MCC service workers were moved out of the country in early February due to unrest resulting from the protests that led to President Mubarak’s resignation. MCC also has three national staff in Egypt who remained in the country during the unrest.

MCC’s work in Egypt focuses on education and peacebuilding.