Cairo: My City, Our Revolution

During the last few months i've got introduced lectures, displays and interviews at the Egyptian Revolution. i've got had overflowing homes far and wide, been stopped by way of outdated women on the street and had my hand shaken by way of various taxi drivers and shopkeepers. And all simply because i am Egyptian and the glitter of Tahrir is upon me. They sought after me to speak to them, to inform them tales approximately it, to inform them how, at the twenty eighth of January once we took the sq. and the folks torched the headquarters of the hated ruling nationwide Democratic celebration, The (same) humans shaped a human chain to guard the Antiquities Museum and demanded an reliable handover to the army; to inform them how, on Wednesday, February 2d, because the humans defended themselves opposed to the invading thug militias and fought pitched battles on the front to the sq. within the shadow of the Antiquities Museum, The (same) humans on the centre of the sq. debated political buildings and laughed at stand-up comics and allotted sandwiches and water; to inform them of the chants and the poetry and the songs, of ways we danced and waved on the F16s that our President flew over us. humans far and wide intend to make this Revolution their very own, and we in Egypt are looking to percentage it. Ahdaf Soueif - novelist, commentator, activist - navigates her background of Cairo and her trip during the Revolution that is redrawing its destiny. via a map of reports drawn from deepest heritage and public list Soueif charts a narrative of the Revolution that's either in detail hers and publicly Egyptian. Ahdaf Soueif used to be born and taken up in Cairo. while the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 erupted on January twenty fifth, she, besides hundreds of thousands of others, referred to as Tahrir sq. domestic for eighteen days. She suggested for the world's media and did - like everybody else - no matter what she may perhaps.

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Could they damage the rustic instead of go away? On Monday the seventh there'll be a television interview with Tarek Helmy, our most sensible middle health practitioner. he'll say that he’s now not a innovative yet had long gone into Tahrir this night simply because his son was once within the sit-in and he desired to see it for himself. He bought stuck in a struggle among teams of younger males and improved to speak them down. And, simply as he suggestion he’d made peace, stones got here flying from the again traces of 1 workforce. He shielded himself with a corrugated iron sheet and watched and he acknowledged he had doubtless then who was once at the part of correct. He stated one part fought with braveness and the opposite, the place the peace-breaking stones had come from, was once either brutal and cowardly. He stated he’d phoned his health center and requested for clinical provides. His son-in-law crammed a vehicle with every thing you wanted for a box health facility and drove it throughout Qasr el-Nil Bridge and the baltagis stopped him and beat him up. They emptied the automobile. until that time, he stated, he’d suggestion, okay, they've got their wounded, too. yet then, he acknowledged, they threw all of the scientific gear, the entire offers, into the river. He knew then that he wouldn't depart Tahrir until eventually the revolution have been gained. I force again. I take my time. The streets are darkish yet I’ve long past out and performed my factor, and the shabab are retaining Tahrir. If we, the pro-democracy circulate, win this conflict, the spirit that evokes Tahrir will pervade the rustic. within the Midan, each coloration of the political spectrum is represented. The Left is right here, and the Liberals. The Muslim Brotherhood, the Gama3at Islameyya and the Salafis are formally no longer becoming a member of, yet their shabab have rebelled and they’re with us too, making up an expected 10 consistent with cent of the folks within the Midan. Our society is wealthy and intricate and sundry and we experience it. the folk listed here are so manner prior to their govt. when you may see the children in the street telling you that the regime desires to pin the accountability for this stream at the Islamists for you to scare the West. in the event you may see the small box hospitals with their volunteer medical professionals – commonly younger women – and the medicinal drugs pouring in from well-wishers. for those who may perhaps see the younger males with their denims worn low and the tops in their colored boxers exhibiting shape a human chain to guard what the folks have won over the past week within the streets of our state. in the event you may possibly see my nieces placing banners from balconies … you will recognize past a shadow of a doubt: Egypt merits its position within the solar – out of the shadow of this brutal regime. Thursday three February I’ve woken up far better and the Internet’s operating even supposing it’s gradual. Our mobiles paintings yet we can’t ship messages. the single messages that come via are from the SCAF, urging us to act responsibly! every body telephones to ascertain up on all people else. the grocery store calls to invite if we want whatever and we ask for bread, milk, tea, eggs, biscuits, cheese … Lulie is staying with me. we've got breakfast, learn the papers. I slowly solution a few emails.

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