Once there was Egypt, the land of Pyramids and now it is the land of protests. Global perception of Egypt has changed dramatically. Eleven months after the toppling of Hosni Mubarak, WeSpeakNews looks at the five prominent faces who changed the way world looked at Egypt.
Prior to January 25 Egypt was known to most in the world for Pyramids, once a YouTube message was posted by young Asma Mahfouz urging people to gather at Tahrir Square and say no to corruption and government, it changed the way Egypt was perceived by the world.
Highlight of her message was:
“I’m making this video to give you one simple message. We want to go down to Tahrir Square on January 25. If we still have honor and we want to live in dignity on this land, we have to go down on January 25… Whoever says it’s not worth it because there will only be a handful of people, I want to tell him you are the reason behind this, and you are a traitor just like the president or any security cop who beats us in the streets. Your presence with us will make a difference, a big difference! ”
It did make a difference, toppled 32 year old regimen of Hosni Mubarak and the revolution still continues as Egyptians push for a civilian government.
He used to head marketing for Google in Middle East and North Africa, till he administered facebook page titled ‘we are all Khaleed said’. This turned his life and the fate of his nation upside down; he was put behind bars and the incident fuelled the protestors.
He was jailed for 12 days.
Ghonim believes that the change in Egypt would not have been possible without social media.In an interview to CBS he said, “If there was no social networks it would have never been sparked. Because the whole thing before the revolution was the most critical thing. Without Facebook, without Twitter, without Google, without YouTube, this would have never happened.”
Gohin for his role in the early stages of Egyptian uprising was named by TIME recently on its list of the 100 most influential people of 2011.
The Egyptian American journalist became the face of Military’s brutalities in the second phase of uprising against the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF). While reporting from Mohamed Mahmoud Street in Cairo on Nov. 24, Eltahawy was detained by the security forces. What followed over the next 12 hours created uproar across the world against the military atrocities. Eltahawy was blindfolded, beaten and sexually assaulted by five or six men.
She kept tweeting with her broken arms and later her voice became the most prominent voice against the Egyptian forces.
From the countless images of clashes coming out of Egypt the image of a woman her face is covered, torso bare, except for her bright-blue bra. The image of her just before being kicked by the army became the war cry for thousands of women in Egypt who rallied to seeking the end of military rule.
The picture in seconds went viral on web and social media making the world leaders including US secretary of state Hillary Clinton react strongly and forcing the Army to issue an apology.
This Egyptian blogger, software developer and political activist famously known as ‘Alaa’ was put behind bars by the military prosecutors in October after deadly clashes broke out between the Army and demonstrators in central Cairo.
Alaa resisted being interrogated by the Egyptian army pleading that they had no rights to question him and that he would only speak with civilian officials. After putting him in prison for close to two months the regimen was forced to release him on temporary bail owing to the pressure in blogosphere and social media.