Think Egypt

The subway worker: Ahmed Baha


For Ahmed Baha, life in Egypt has been marred by corruption.

The government “keeps the people too busy working to feed themselves and their children so that they can be busy with that and not think of freedom,” says the 25-year-old engineer, who works for Cairo’s rumbling subway.

But now, freedom is all the people talk about.

For the past 15 years, life has only become worse, says Baha, who stands proudly in Tahrir Square with a bandage on his head from the previous night’s battle. The economy suffered and politicians thought only of themselves.

“After Mubarak, we will see freedom, justice, improvement of everything,” he says, smiling widely.

“I never dreamed of this day. I was losing hope in the Egyptian people that they would ever stand up.”

Baha knows the future he seeks won’t happen overnight.

“It’s going to take a long time for anybody, even if we have good presidents in the future.”

He pauses for a moment and looks at the thousands who have occupied and, in a violent clash, won the square.

“I feel it is a gift from God.”


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