Think Egypt

The professor: Samar Sewilam

Samar Sewilam’s message to those watching flickering television sets in far-off lands is this: “Do not underestimate what is happening here because it has changed so many things.”

A professor of medicine at Cairo University, she comes to Tahrir Square each day to treat protesters wounded in clashes with government supporters.

Makeshift medical clinics have sprung from nothing inside the square. Sewilam’s station is a pen out in the open, the walls corrugated metal ripped from a nearby construction site.

“We have to put down Mubarak and all of his filthy ministers,” she says in polished English. “We can put them down and start a new era.”

For Sewilam, the most depressing thing about her Egypt is the corruption. It has crept its way in, even into her university, she says.

She wants to see honest people in government.

At 45, she never dreamed this kind of uprising could happen.

“This is much better than I thought, because Mubarak is changing his idea and he is really accepting a lot of things that he hasn’t been accepting in the last 30 years.”



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