Monthly Archives: September 2011

2d: Mary – The role of religion in Tahrir Square

I'm an Egyptian Against Terrorism

[Prelude: Read my post for background information about what happened during the Egyptian Revolution.]

It was February 6th, the day after Mubarak had given his third speech, it spread rage and passion amongst the protesters as they elicited vows of murder if he did not step down. That morning Mary, 8 months pregnant, decided she couldn’t watch from the safety of her television screen any longer for fear of anything happening to her unborn son, and went to Tahrir Square.

After all, what was Mary going to tell her unborn son?

That she was afraid? And then expect him not to be afraid?

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1f: Ahmed – The High School Convicted Baltagy

[Prelude: Read my post for background information about what happened during the Egyptian Revolution.]

On Tuesday January 25th 2011, while I was headed to class early in the morning, Ahmed geared up in his over-worn black shirt with an Egyptian flag ironed on. Together, Ahmed and his older sister, Sarah, marched out of their house and headed towards Tahrir Square.


The protests at Tahrir Square were in full force. People were no longer scared of the State security, the police, the government or even their family’s outrage for joining these sporadic protests. Once things had cooled down towards the evening and everyone regrouped, they realized Ahmed was missing. With Ahmed’s short height, small physique and typical dark curly Egyptian hair, it was difficult to spot him amongst a crowd. His friends and family checked everywhere, called Ahmed, texted him and sent out mass messages for people to stay on the lookout for Ahmed. Continue reading

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