Dokki is one of the many neighbourhoods in Cairo. There is nothing special about it. Nothing apart from……..KFC. This world wide fast food chain opened there restaurant which hires only hearing impaired people. It was established around 1995 probably as a first such KFC in the world. Have a look how the ordinary working day in this special place looks like.
Hearing loss and deafness is quite big problem in Egypt. World Health Organization estimates that more than 13 million people suffer from this disability. Poor healthcare, diseases as meningitis, rubella and practice of close relatives marriages only impede struggle with the problem. Hopefully disable in Egypt will be given more job opportunities and not only in Cairo.
Inspiration for this post comes from one article I’ve read long time ago, but unfortunately cannot remind its author and title.
Fortunately I still remember the main idea of it which was evolution of big monotheistic religion. By comparing Christianity at the time of Crusades to contemporary Islam author shows some similarities of both religions and their ways of development. As it’s easy to calculate Islam is around 7 centuries younger than Christianity, thus now is 14 hundreds years old. In Christianity IIth – XIIIth century is the time of ‘holy war’ led against Muslim conquerors in the Middle East. Worth mentioning is as well general situation in medieval Europe. Between XIII and XIX century Old Continent was under the influence of extremely powerful institution of church and jurisdiction of its forensic system – holy inquisition. As we know now it was the time of unbelievable cruelty, injustice and terror. Doesn’t it sound familiar?
This may be a bit far-reaching theory, since there are a lot of differences between two biggest religions too. There is no any supreme institution in Islam like it is in Christianity. Moreover one example to compare with is actually not enough. But if there is something in this idea, it would mean that the Muslims themselves will have to trigger the changes for their better future free from hateret and sectarian violence. It’s a long way in front of them and the first step is to admit that the current situation in Middle East and elsewhere is also issue they should concerned about instead of keep saying that the fanatic groups members are not Muslims and what they do has nothing in common with Islam.