Egypt Independent

Dozens injured in stampede while applying for jobs in Mansoura

Dozens of citizens were injured with scars and bruises after falling to the ground during a stampede in front of the headquarters of the Real Estate Authority in Mansoura while trying to apply for jobs announced by the authority in Daqahlia governorate.
Thousands of graduates of business and law faculties and holders of vocational diplomas rushed to the Real Estate Authority headquarters early Thursday morning to submitt their papers, causing the stampede.
Dozens of women as well stood in the area carrying their crying infants, waiting for their turn despite the overcrowding. 
The police failed to control the lines due to the large number of people.
An official with the authority said 73 job opportunities were announced, including 20 positions for lawyers, 10 for accountants, 30 for typists, five for auditors and eight other positions.
The official said 10,000 graduates applied for the jobs in two days.
Amany Helal, an applicant, said she holds a bachelor's degree in law and graduated in 2005. Despite having a good certificate evaluation, she has still not been able to find a job.
Helal said she headed to the authority headquarters at 8 a.m. to find thousands vying for application. She said she kept trying for five hours to file her documents but failed.
Eid Abdel Wahed, bachelor's degree holder in commerce, said employees at other Real Estate Authority headquarters refused to receive his documents and asked him to head to the main headquarters in Mansoura, although the authority had announced applicants can file their papers at any headquarters in Daqahlia.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm