"The people have spoken, and Egypt will never be the same"

One of our local operators, Hassan Hamed, sent us the below from Egypt – a powerful account of his experiences during the tumultuous events that have taken place in his homeland.

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There are very few moments in our lives where we have the privilege to witness history taking place. This is one of those moments.  This is one of those times.  The people of Egypt have spoken, their voices have been heard, and Egypt will never be the same. I know that a democratic Egypt can advance its role of responsible leadership not only in the region but around the world.

Egypt has played a pivotal role in human history for over 6,000 years. But over the last few weeks, the wheel of history turned at a blinding pace as the Egyptian people demanded their universal rights.
I saw mothers and fathers carrying their children on their shoulders to show them what true freedom might look like.
I saw a young Egyptian say, “For the first time in my life, I really count.  My voice is heard.  Even though I’m only one person, this is the way real democracy works.”
I saw protesters chant “Selmiyya, selmiyya” — “We are peaceful” — again and again.
I saw a military that would not fire bullets at the people they were sworn to protect.
And I saw doctors and nurses rushing into the streets to care for those who were wounded, volunteers checking protesters to ensure that they were unarmed.
I saw people of faith praying together and chanting – “Muslims, Christians, We are one.”

And though we know that the strains between faiths still divide too many in this world and no single event will close that chasm immediately, these scenes remind us that we need not be defined by our differences.  We can be defined by the common humanity that we share.

And above all, I saw a new generation emerge — a generation that uses their own creativity and talent and technology to call for a government that represented their hopes and not their fears; a government that is responsive to their boundless aspirations.  One Egyptian put it simply:  “Most people have discovered in the last few days…that they are worth something, and this cannot be taken away from them anymore, ever.”

The word ‘Tahrir’ means liberation.  It is a word that speaks to that something in our souls that cries out for freedom.  And forevermore it will remind us of the Egyptian people — of what they did, of the things that they stood for, and how they changed their country, and in doing so changed the world.

My very dear friends around the world, I know that lately many have asked about how things are Egypt. Here's your answer – these are great days, maybe the best days Egypt has ever had.

Hassan Hamed

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Many thanks Hassan.

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