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On March 12, I finally got to meet Leslie Maras, the Belgian prisoner I had been reading and writing about for a while as part of my internship at the Centre for Arab-West Understanding. Leslie Maras was sentenced to life for smuggling drugs into Egypt. His parents are trying to transfer him to a...
Since the report of Yūsuf R. Kāmil about the transfer of prisoner treaties in Arab-West Report Leslie’s mother, Brigitte Maras, has been contacting different authorities in Belgium. They confirm there is no prisoner exchange treaty between Belgium and Egypt and therefore they can do nothing to get...
Cairo is a large metropolis of eight million people, so it is not only the largest city in Egypt, but also the largest city in Africa and the Arab world. "Greater Cairo" encompasses the city of Cairo and adjacent Giza. The river Nile, one of the largest in the world, lies between the two cities. To...
The Center for Arab-West Understanding (CAWU) has “adopted” Belgian prisoner Leslie Maras, who was arrested in February 2006 for attempting to smuggle drugs into Egypt and was sentenced to life in prison. The sentence is extremely harsh for European standards. His parents were in Egypt for one week...
The case of Leslie Maras inspires the Center for Arab West Understanding (CAWU) to explore the details of the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. Mr. Maras (45) is a Belgian national who was arrested in Egypt on the 24th of February 2006, upon his arrival on a KLM/Air France flight to Cairo...
On October 6, 2016, Arie de Boer, Koen Vliegenthart and Cornelis Hulsman visited two sites that were World Servants projects in the period of 2006 until 2009. The delegation was received by Father Rueiss [Ruways], and briefly met with Bishop Gabriel [Jibrāʾīl] when he left the church after a prayer...
Father Barsoum [Barṣūm] has been the priest of the three year old Saint Karas [Kārās] Church in Beni Suef [Banī Suwayf] since it was established, and currently serves around 900 families. The church has received a license to build, and the priest is extremely positive about the support received...
Thank you for inviting me to this conference organized by UN Global Compact in the "Private Sector's Contribution in Supporting Interfaith Understanding" session. It is a great honor to be with you and I see this as a recognition for the Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Translation work in our...
The village of Dimshāw has become the scene of tensions between Muslims and Christians because Christians wanted to change a prayer house into a church building. It happens a lot that Christians in villages with no or insufficient church buildings meet for prayer in a house. Generally Muslims in...
I’ve been in Egypt for about six weeks, but I mostly stayed in Cairo and Maadi. The capital city is incredibly vast lively and diverse, but I didn’t fall in love with the country. Too dusty, maybe. Harassment probably did not help as well. I have been in countries where being a young white foreign...
On August 13, 2018, a group of interns from CAWU went on a day trip to Maghāgha, Dayr al-Garnūs, and Banī Mazār, with the aim of becoming acquainted with Coptic culture and daily life in the area. Although the trip took on a somewhat improvised nature (our original plan of visiting the village of...
Siwa oasis is well known and beautiful. Two of our interns went for a trip there and experienced their interesting way of life, and explored the exciting touristic sites.
Belgian national Leslie Maras was arrested in February 2006, in Egypt, for smuggling drugs. Maras was not a drug dealer, but he got into it due to financial problems. He was sentenced by Egypt for life imprisonment. In Egypt, this often means 25 years or reaching the age of 60. In case of good...
On the 26th of March, 2018, The Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Translation (CIDT) and the Center for Arab-West Understanding (CAWU) had a book launch and a presentation on internships, at Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development, under the title “Vision of a Sustainable Future for...
The Arab-West Report database contains a multimedia (video, text, and image) archive of our 2017 conference: Development of Sustainable Water Management for Agriculture in Egyptian Oases; The Example of Abu Sherouf, Siwa. 
On February 17, 2018, Arab-West Report sent a delegation of interns to Qufāda, a village in Maghāgha, al-Minīa, to inquire into the outstanding relationship between its Christian and Muslim population. We interviewed two religious leaders, Abūna [Father] Yuʾannas, the priest of Qufāda’s Coptic...
The Faculty of Comparative Religion at the University of Manouba, Tunis, Tunisia, invited Cornelis Hulsman to present his work in Egypt to students on the 9th of February, 2018. Hulsman’s lecture covered the following subjects: - Introduction of Dutch sociologist Cornelis Hulsman, Drs., director of...
As a Muslim, I have been deeply concerned about relations between Christians and Muslims in Egypt in light of the recent attacks against the Coptic community. In fact, in the wake of the Minya bus attack and the Palm Sunday church bombings, I felt that the Muslim community in Egypt wasn’t vocal...
Travel Editorial piece by Dr. Cornelis Hulsman on the flora, fauna and natural beauty of the White Nile lands in Uganda. This piece also explores the geopolitics surrounding the Nile in Egypt, Uganda, and Ethiopia.
During my visit to my daughter Petra in Kenya in November 2014 I also visited two Catholic priests with great missions for humanity.

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