‘The Mother Teresa of Cairo’
Catholic World News - February 09, 2011
The Catholic Herald has profiled Maggie Gobran, a Coptic Orthodox laywoman who ministers to Christians who live in Cairo’s garbage dumps.
“In the rubbish dumps Christian women search through for bits of discarded bread, in competition – appallingly – with rats, which are large and think nothing of entering their makeshift homes,” the newspaper reports. “The vermin are even known to bite off bits of children’s ears.”
Known as “Mama Maggie” and “the Mother Teresa of Cairo,” Gobran says that “I can see in every child Jesus Himself. You have a mission to love others and to accept the love of the Lord. This is our mission, to tell everyone that Jesus loves them.”
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Posted by: a son of Mary -
Feb. 09, 2011 12:17 PM ET USA
I've been there, years ago now. The"Zabaleen" - garbage people - are Christians. They used to keep pigs which ate the garbage. The idiots who run Egypt (witness ongoing events) decided that the Swine flu was caused by pigs. It's not but that didn't stop all the MB muslim extremists from encouraging the ministry of health to kill the animals leaving Christians w/o a means to earn an income. Result - garbage piled up around Cairo. Perfect mirror of Egyptian society.