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Cairo Metro a Magnet for People Wanting to Commit Suicide

Cairo Metro a Magnet for People Wanting to Commit Suicide

Wednesday, 1 August, 2018 - 12:00
An Egyptian riot police officer is seen outside El Sadat metro station at Tahrir square in the center of Cairo, Egypt May 13, 2018. REUTERS
Cairo - Mahmoud Hashem
Suicide cases in Cairo metro stations are on the rise with the latest being two days ago when Mohammed Ibrahim Talaba, 18, jumped in front of a train at the Ahmed Arabi station.

The young man’s suicide came after 21-year-old Ashraf Mohammed al-Sayyed threw himself in front of a metro train at al-Marg station.

In early July, Amira Yahya Mohammed, 20, shook public opinion after committing suicide in a similar way.

A man’s body has also been found on metro rail tracks after leaving a note to his family about his intention to kill himself.

There was another incident in March when 16-year-old nursing student Malak Abdul Alim walked in front of a subway train.

A member of the parliamentary transportation committee, MP Said Taimeh, refused to consider the latest suicide cases at metro stations as a phenomenon.

He told Asharq Al-Awsat that those killing themselves have psychological problems and have strayed from the path of their religion which says suicide is a sin.

These people have resorted to this deadly solution because they forgot about their faith, he said, adding that all religions ban suicides.

Taimeh ruled out the discussion of the recent incidents at the transportation committee meetings, saying there was no proposal to limit the speed of metro trains to avoid such tragic deaths.

The UN's World Health Organization (WHO) said in its last report on suicide rates in Egypt in 2014 that 88 people, per 100,000 population, die annually in different suicide cases.

Egypt's Central Agency for Public Mobilization And Statistics said more than half a million citizen tried to commit suicide in 2015.

According to the WHO, Egypt was by 2016 on the list of 100 countries with most suicide rates.

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