Before my family made our final decision to move to Egypt in 2006, I told my father that I wanted to change Egypt. He replied ‘Work hard and inshallah one day you will.’ I never thought that day would come so soon. I, alongside many others, hit the streets to protest and demand the ousting of the dictator Hosni Mubarak.
When I first came to Egypt in 2008, and until January 25th 2011, I lived an uneasy life. A life where I didn’t know how to get on with the rest of my society. I hated living in Egypt, and was praying for anything to take me back to the UK. I had succeeded in the pursuit of my happiness after visiting Liberation Square on the 6th February. Where I finally felt that the Egyptian people had changed. People were much kinder, treated one another with respect, and all smiled.
It was the first time I left my house and did not get a comment about my baggy jeans.
The feeling in Liberation Square was truly inspirational. Within moments my thoughts and opinions on Egypt had changed vastly. I saw for the first time a society unite for one purpose, the equality of all. That night I thought maybe people treated each other the way they did because they felt oppressed and cheated on by the government and dictator which ran the country. I say dictator, because no ‘presidential’ reign lasts more than 10 years.
The 18 days passed quickly, though the nights were long and sleepless, with all the men in the streets protecting their homes. The day ‘the earth stood still,’ 11th February, the day history was re-made. The resignation of Hosni Mubarak as dictator of Egypt, brought about happiness to most of the Egyptian people. We as a people managed to empower the powerless, and bypass our fear of political activism. It was great as a 20 year old to see and take part in a long wanted revolution.
Victory felt good, and the night of the 11th February was another sleepless night for the people. Celebrations went on and on, people were happy. But what wasn’t on our minds was the question, what’s next? Most people’s reaction was ‘rabena yestor‘ (God protect us). Today in Egypt the main priority for the people is to get back to life and hope for a better future. If it isn’t given, more protests will take place.
It seems to me that some people are now too concerned with Egypt’s economic situation. They are worried that if things remain the way they are, losses will increase and a potential recessionary gap will be formed in the macro economy of Egypt.
I feel that many of us are now confused about what to do next. We were promised changes, but can we be sure that these changes will be fulfilled? Others who may or may not have taken part in the revolution are now trying to live their ‘new’ life in ‘new’ Egypt. I hope that our democracy doesn’t have any interference from America or Israel or any other country. That we as Egyptians can be free to make decisions ourselves.
A dictionary definition of democracy is ‘a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges,’ this should be the way all people should live. Hopefully the success in Egypt continues and spreads to other countries.
At the time of the revolution I wrote a poem, and here is a part:
“This isn’t a war, it’s a fight for democracy
Its a fight against supremacy
Its a fight for equality
Now that’s today’s Egyptian society”
I wrote this because I felt that the media showed the events happening in Egypt as if it were some kind of civil war. But in life we all know success doesn’t come easy, we must fight to succeed, and that’s exactly what we did in Egypt.
Now that this revolution is over, part of the society has started cleaning up the streets and donating to charity. This is because we must put our hands together to get the job fully finished and assure ourselves of ‘victory’ and success.
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