A Diary from Egypt

This is a journal of an Egyptian teenage girl recounting the ongoing violence in her country, the drama behind all the news on TV, and what it really feels to live your adolescence in the spark of revolution, striving for true democracy.


1. Infamy

Wednesday 14/8/2013 - Uprise
Today I woke up to find all hell broken loose. The military was invading Muslim Brotherhood camps, the police were shooting at protesters, and the Muslim Brotherhood was setting the country on fire. Sleep is bliss, if I can have my say, and as it turned out, we'll have plenty of time for that. A curfew had just been imposed from seven pm till six am for the next month. Vivent les vacances! And I thought this summer couldn't get any worse. It's funny recounting how I had been planning for this huge hang out with my friends this Friday, from the crack of dawn till nine at night. It seems like years ago. As Dante words it: "There is no greater sorrow than to be mindful of  the happy times in misery." It's no good to dwell on that though, so lets return to the main events. The military is evacuating Raba El Adawiya, the centre of the Pro-Morsi movement and the main MB camp in Cairo. I'm watching them now on TV, throngs of bearded men and veiled women, shaking their fists and yelling curses as they march out of the square under the military's supervision. There have also been attacks on police bases by the MB, crashing in and slaughtering any officer within range. In Lower Egypt, where the peak of illiteracy and poverty abides, half a dozen churches have been burnt down to ashes, and still counting. As for the casualties, a hundred MB member were killed, and a thousand injured.  Around fifty police officers were killed, and I dunno how many injured. There are too many  blood feuds and street fights in Lower Egypt it's simply a place too barbaric for statistics. It's surprising how I can easily account macabre events like those these days, as if they're all extracts from a run of the mill story. Tell you what, a person can only do that in two cases. Either they can't believe what's happening, they're too astounded to think and so they can't register the meaning behind these news. Or they believe it and its been happening so frequently that it has actually become a  run of the mill story and that's why they talk about it as such. Personally, I'm the latter, as is the case with many, if not most, Egyptians. You may accuse me of heartlessness, but I'm ready to weep over every victim, be he a MB, a police officer or a Christian who died today. I did not wish for this turn of events, and I believe there were more peaceful solutions to this conflict. Yet this is what happened, and we must have a certain respect for reality. MB members are being killed, and eventually they'll be wiped out, or forced into hiding as in the old regime under Mubarak's reign. Our utopian ideals of living in peace with these people, and learning from our mistakes aren't working. Maybe it's because we're being too idealistic. Wasn't that the reason behind the Reign of Terror in France, Revolutionist Idealism? Or maybe we're asking too much from a third world country, which has scarcely experienced true democracy and sees violence the only means of moving on? Maybe, though, the problem is not in this country alone, that what's happening in Egypt is a manifestation of the prejudice, conspiracy and avarice of the 21st century? I root for the latter. Yet keep this in mind, I still perceive this as progress. The Egyptian people were in a conflict, and now it's starting to end. We are in a better condition than what we used to be in. As Victor Hugo once said, " The brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are over, this fact is recognised, - that the human race has been treated harshly, but that it has progressed." Would I like this murder to stop, you may ask? Yes, I am appalled by it, but I believe that what has happened has happened, and its too late to make peace with the MB, not with the aforementioned bloodshed and vengeance seeking. They will continue their mass murder and vandalism, and the military will continue tracking them down. We can only hope to alleviate the enmity. We'll see how it goes. Toodles!

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