Today, on the 25th of January, three years after the revolution in Egypt, we should be congratulating the Egyptian people on their new democracy – instead with horror and a heavy heart – we are watching the news.
Yesterday there were 5 bomb explosions in Cairo which left 6 people dead and over 70 wounded, creating fear for more unrest today. What went wrong? Whatever it is, whoever is to blame, after three years, the life for most Egyptians has not improved, but has become more difficult and confusing.
The world is watching, trying to understand, and drawing the right or wrong conclusions. But how does the Egyptian man in the street, who needs to feed his family, feel? Or the mother who is worried about her children not being safe going to school; or if her son will be killed in a demonstration while voicing his believes. Do they really care what the name of the president is?
I don’t think so! They want peace. They want what they fought for in Tahrir Square three years ago – a voice, freedom of choice, dignity, a decent living, and a chance to work for all the above —- but all they got is uncertainty – uncertainty of what to do, who to follow, how to make it better.
The ousting of Mohamed Morsi last year in July, was another moment of hope. A hope that was dashed soon after and has plunged the country into more confusion and violence.
What can the Egyptian people expect in the coming weeks and months? Who will lead the way to make what they started three years ago a reality? Insha-Allah time will tell.
More from Egypt soon