CAIRO - 7 April 2020: Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church stepped in to offer help for the Egyptians stranded in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, amid the Coronavirus epidemic.
In a Monday statement issued by the Ministry of Immigration, Minster Nabila Makram thanked Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark for offering support to the Egyptians stranded in Kenya amid the outbreak of COVID-19.
Makram said the pope contacted the Egyptian Church in Kenya to host the stranded Egyptians after the suspension of flights. "The church responded to the pope's request and offered financial support to the stranded Egyptians and gave them contacts of people who can help them until the exceptional flights resume anew," the statement added.
"The Egyptians stranded in Nairobi traveled for work reasons, but got stranded later after suspending air flights," the statement explained.
The Church's move came as part of “Let’s Support Each Other" campaign, which was launched earlier by the government, to unify all the efforts exerted by all the organizations and individuals in order to help the stranded Egyptian expats and travelers.
Makram thanked Pope Tawadros in the statement for his supportive and the significant role he plays to support all Egyptians in the COVID-19 crisis.