Egypt

So, as you can imagine I’ve been very preoccupied with what has been happening in Egypt…what is still happening in Egypt…

Mubarak still hasn’t stepped down, even though this is the 12th day of protests.  More than one thousand people have been injured, more than 50 dead.  Hundreds of activists and protesters have been arrested, and tens of journalists have been attacked, beaten, and detained.

Yet despite all of the violence and tension, it is clear that the real nature of Egyptians has come out.  People have given their lives to stand up to a system that benefits few and oppresses millions.  There has been a constant supply of food, water, and medical aid into Tahrir square, where most of the demonstrations are held.  People have been taking care of each other, supporting each other, and lining up to demonstrate with each other day after day.

Three months ago people were asking why there was so much tension between Christians and Muslims in Egypt.  Since the demonstrations began, there have been countless stories showing that Egyptians do not have “sectarian” problems. Every time Muslims pray in Tahrir, Christians form chains around them to protect them.  Even today, as Muslims prayed for the people who have died so far, Christians protected them. And then later, as Christians held a mass for those who have died, Muslims protected them. We are all Egyptian.

The regime has successfully oppressed, humiliated, and beaten us down for 30 years. This is us saying enough. We deserve optimism, hope, or at least, food on the table every night. Why are our lives put behind the lives of Americans, Israelis, or the government’s?

I leave you with this touching video:

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6 thoughts on “Egypt

  1. Excellent post, Sara!

    I share your exuberance and good thoughts about the Egyptian people. I am frightened, though, about the Muslim Brotherhood taking over in the after-
    math. From what I know, Muslim Brotherhood = Al Quaida = Taliban.

    Just some food for thought …..

    • Hey,welcome to the blog!
      I think many in the West are afraid of the Muslim Brotherhood taking over, even though for many Egyptians it’s not a major fear at all. There are many reasons why I don’t believe they are a threat, and I can go into detail about these if you like.
      To equate the Muslim Brotherhood with Al Qaeda and the Taliban is ridiculous. These groups are COMPLETELY different. Is this something many people you know believe?

  2. Excellent post, Sara!

    I share your exuberance and good thoughts about the Egyptian people. I am frightened, though, about the Muslim Brotherhood taking over in the after-
    math. From what I know, Muslim Brotherhood = Al Quaida = Taliban.

    Just some food for thought …..

  3. I got goosebump while reading this…

    “Every time Muslims pray in Tahrir, Christians form chains around them to protect them. Even today, as Muslims prayed for the people who have died so far, Christians protected them. And then later, as Christians held a mass for those who have died, Muslims protected them. We are all Egyptian.”

    This is so amazing. My prayers are with the deceased and encouragement with the protestors. I hope Hosni grows a heart and steps down, Inshallah.

  4. Sara,

    Having just retired as an American diplomat after some 25 years (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, Morroco, etc), all these countries have become radicalized over the last twenty years or so. Wahabi Islam is being spread funded by the saudis throughout the world.

    Alzwahiri, the Egyptian cleric, was pretty high up in the Muslim Brotherhood heirarchy, before he joined Osama in Afghanistan. I hope a more moderate and secular leadership emerges in Egypt. I do hear from my friends in Egypt that if elections were held today, Muslim Brotherhood will win hands down. And that’s scary.

    What are you thoughts Sara as a feminist and as an Egyptian?

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