CAIRO: Yara Tareq, a first year engineering student in the German University in Cairo (GUC), was killed Monday after a university bus ran her over; University students have announced a strike calling for the accountability of the perpetrator.
At the end of her school day, Yara was standing beside a bus waiting to board before returning home at 5:00 p.m. Another bus approached quickly and stuck her, causing a fatal skull fracture.
“I cannot forget Yara when she was on the ground and covered in blood. I will never forget the reaction of the driver who hit her when he was slapping his head. I will not forget when other drivers replied ‘what can we do; we called the ambulance.’ And their head, cold-blooded, replied ‘each driver should go back to his work,” said an eye-witness, student Ahmed Sherif Kamal, on his Facebook page.
Tareq’s family is living in Qatar, according to the GUC Student Union Facebook Page.
Strike and Funeral
The funeral was attended by her fellows, friends, the University President Mahmoud Hashim Abdel-Qader and deans of the faculties and some of teaching staff in Nasr City where she was put in her resting place.
“The students are on strike pending accountability,” said the GUC Student Union Hazem Abdel-Khalq told Youm7.
A number of teaching staff announced their support of the striking students and canceled attendance and evaluations for the day in some faculties, according to the Union’s Facebook page.
Pharmacy and Biotechnology Faculty Dean Ashraf Abbadi wrote to the students “We would like to express our deep condolences to the loss of our student Yara Tareq Hussein Ali Negm, a first-year engineering student,” adding, “students you will be fully compensated for lab/tutorial attendance and evaluation to allow all students to participate in the funeral.”
Egyptian Higher Education Minister al-Sayyed Abdel-Khaleq, who called GUC President, said the Ministry in contact with the prosecution to follow investigation process. Abdel-Khaleq said the bus driver is now under investigation.
GUC students protest the killing of Yara: