The AMIDEAST community is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Andrew Pochter during the demonstrations in Alexandria, Egypt, on Friday, June 28, 2013. Andrew, a rising junior at Kenyon College in Ohio, was spending his summer as an intern at our training center in Alexandria, engaged in teaching English in the Kid’s Program for seven- and eight-year-olds. He also viewed his summer internship as an opportunity to develop his Arabic language skills and deepen his knowledge of Egypt and the Arab world. Those who worked with him in the short time he had been in Egypt remember him for his enthusiasm, compassion and engaging and friendly manner. His loss comes as a shock to his students and colleagues. We extend our deepest sympathies to his bereaved family and friends.
In a statement released by AMIDEAST headquarters in Washington, AMIDEAST President and CEO Theodore H. Kattouf said: “Andrew represented the best of his generation of young Americans. He was concerned about the state of the world and wanted to improve it. While interning at AMIDEAST this summer, he demonstrated the kind of enthusiasm and willingness to engage his young students that help build mutual understanding, which is at the heart of the AMIDEAST mission. It is hard to imagine such a senseless base act occurring to someone trying to accomplish something so noble.”
In the wake of Mr. Pochter’s tragic death, the organization continues to monitor the security situation carefully and take all available measures to safeguard its staff and the students and clients enrolled in its training programs.
AMIDEAST has maintained a continuous presence in Egypt since it opened its doors in Cairo in 1956. With offices in Cairo and Alexandria, AMIDEAST/Egypt is the organization’s largest and oldest field operation, offering the full range of AMIDEAST programs and services.