GIVE THE DEAD A DECENT BURIAL

A community in loss due to the massive emigration of the 50s and then from other decades right down to the present day, the Catholic Armenians are now a few thousand throughout Egypt but can count on their bishop, Monsignor Krikor Koussa, an Armenian originating from Aleppo, who prays each day that God  protects his community and property and to develop the activities of his church.

Monsignor Krikor Koussa, is a true "workaholic", as his parishioners love to call him, who continues his mission throughout all of Egypt, participating in all the synods, visiting the sick and the elderly as well as filling the role of chaplain to the volunteers!

Thus, it was natural that the volunteers paid a visit to the Catholic Armenian cemetery in Cairo, located two steps from the suspended church and close to the remains of one of the first churches in old Cairo.

Monsignor Krikor Koussa, Bishop of the Catholic Armenians of Egypt

This cemetery is one of the last testimonies along with our churches of the presence of Armenian Catholics in Egypt (...) restoring it, giving the dead a decent burial will be, for our Christian community, an act of charity, work and wonderful faith! The volunteers are for us a chance to allow us to revive our traditions and places here in Egypt!



An abandoned cemetery where waste of all kinds is piled up on the roadside, gutter cats scavenge and drains smell... worse, some graves have been opened either due to the passing of time or by thieves looking for jewelry or other valuables things.


Volunteers touched by the request of their chaplain and some Armenian Catholic families, work to try to preserve the place, and set to work on renovations, demolitions and collect of waste within one week of arriving.

After drawing up a precise plan for their intervention, they started with the collection of garbage, the next work to start will be the reparation of graves and broken vaults, which for now, are covered with protective sheets, and restore a "soul" to this cemetery built over one hundred years ago in the same style as our French cemeteries. All names and epitaphs are written in French.

This work, started in early August, will take several months, but it will give the dead a decent burial and give them the dignity to which they are entitled.

The volunteers are therefore very motivated to restore this beautiful site and even though they are powerfully moved the mammoth task at this abandoned cemetery, they roll up their sleeves to accomplish their work. They even contacted the Christian ragpickers from Cairo to help them to remove the waste collected during the works.

And so the loop is closed: "the honor of a people belongs to the dead and the living only has the usufruct".

 

To help volunteers in this mission, your donations are essential.

10 euros for a construction helmet,

50 euros for the purchase of four bags for the disposal of rubble and rubbish by the ragpickers of Cairo

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BECOME VOLUNTEER !

Volunteering is a commitment for a defined period. The volunteer is committed to a mission to serve others. To volunteer at SOS Chrétiens d’Orient you must:

- be older than 18 years old

- stay for a minimum for 1 month

- being in good physical shape

- have parental agreement for a possible departure

"I ask you to be revolutionary. Have the courage to go to counter-current. And also have the courage to be happy!" Pope Francis, July 28, speech to the volunteers of the WYD, Rio de Janeiro.

"I ask you to be revolutionaries. Have the courage to go against the grain. And have the courage to be happy!"

Pope Francis,

July 28, speech to WYD volunteers, Rio de Janeiro.