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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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
Keith Black, teacher of physics and mathematics, most recently at the Maadi Community School in Maadi, Cairo, presented with his wife Morag two films of Nicky Gumbel on the Holy Spirit. Prof. Mahmoud Khayyal, Cornelis Hulsman and some interns were attending.
Unique study visit to Qufada, Maghagha, Minya where we will meet a local orfi judge who leads reconcilliation sessions and a local priest active in supporting the poor. On the road we will visit some beautiful locations.
An Egyptian non-governmental delegation traveled between September 1 and 6, 2015, to the Netherlands to meet with various Dutch officials and organizations. The purpose behind the visit was to foster Egyptian-Dutch cooperation and strengthen Egyptian-Dutch bilateral relationship. This document,...
On Thursday night, the Center for Arab-West Understanding held its first cultural event at Room Art Space in Garden City. The event was part of a series of cultural events targeting youth in Cairo. The series aims to increase cultural understanding through events designed to bring multiple aspects...
August 2013 was a very dark month for Egypt. Around sixty churches were destroyed, police stations were attacked, and Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins were violently ended. In this period, extremists also tried to destroy the Holy Family tree in Mattāriyyā. Sadly, they managed to cut the tree. 
An agreement signed on October 22 between the Center of Arab-West Understanding and the Global Forum for Media and Development (Egypt) is turning out to be very fruitful for both parties in their contributions for a better future for Egypt.
The year 2014. A very dark page in the history of the Arab region. ISIS on the rise, more than 2000 people killed in Gaza, the civil war in Syria still ongoing, the stories we hear and the pictures we see can make us doubt whether there is still hope. However, after having spent a week in Dhour...

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