Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Cairo: Heroes of the 'hood

After the police disappeared from Cairo's streets and violent looters – widely believed to be in the employ of embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's regime – caused havoc throughout the city, residents took matters into their own hands and formed 'neighbourhood committees' on every street corner. These might look like alarming pictures but they're not. The guys I spoke to last night were some of the friendliest I've met in Egypt and from a wide spectrum of society, students, professionals, shop keepers and the like, young and old, all out to 'do their bit.'
Although the fate of Egypt could still swing either way, and today pro mubarak supporters have taken to the streets, last night there was an amazing feeling of hope that just maybe a 30-years-too-late change might be possible. 
Josh Wood's story about this, for the International Herald Tribune is here

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