Head of Pediatrics Department Resigns to Protest Discrimination Against Coptic Christians
In an unprecedented and courageous step, a Muslim medical professor who also heads the Department of Pediatrics at El Minia University in Upper Egypt submitted his resignation to the president of the university to protest the discrimination practices against Coptic Christians in the university's medical school.
Prof. Dr. Salem Ahmad Sallam, Head of the Department of Pediatrics at El Minia University stated the following in his resignation:
" Dear Mr. President of the University,
I would like you to accept my resignation from heading the department of pediatrics to protest the antagonistic practices by the medical teaching staff against the resident Mira Maher Raouf ( A Coptic female physician) in order to prevent her from holding a teaching post solely because of her faith. In addition, I'm protesting the university's negligence in addressing such grave matter despite the abhorrent mistreatment and injustice against the (Coptic) physician.
Upholding citizenship rights is of great importance in order to achieve a comprehensive development of the Egyptian society in all aspects. There is no citizenship rights without providing an equal opportunity to everyone regardless of their religious affiliations."
The resignation was first posted online in Arabic by the Egyptian opposition Kefaya ( Enough) movement
نص إستقالة لإهدار حق المواطنة بسبب الدين.