Thursday, February 3, 2011

An American girl in Cairo [or: where I find hope]

Friday, January 29th, 5PM, "Anger Friday": On the way to Tahrir Square, an Egyptian protester celebrates with fellow protesters on top of an armored government vehicle at sunset on the west bank of the Nile River.
Photo credit: Anna Day

Anna Day is a student, activist, advocate, friend, and firecracker. Her causes are her passions and when one gets her talking about them, she does so with a contagious level of excitement and involvement.

When she heard that Egypt was on the brink of a revolution, she knew she had to be a part of it. And so she headed to Cairo.

I had the honor of hearing her story and documenting it for Peace x Peace here.

One of my questions for Anna was what gives her hope about the protest movement. What gives me hope is that there are young people like her - people who care, who are not afraid, who will be part of movements and notions greater than themselves, and who will proudly, boldly and humbly re-tell the story.
I do not have a story right now. My story is that of Egypt. Watch it unfold:

  •  Boston Globe Big Picture images of the protests that leave me speechless.
  • Washington Post and Human Rights Watch report that much of the looting was performed  by paid government 'thugs'. 
  • The FP provides a harrowing account of the afternoon that brought the end to non-violence.
  •  Links on photojournalists' stories can be found here.


  1. Wonderful interview with Anna Day. I especially appreciated her insights on the role of women and on how people grew less afraid of having their photos taken as the days went on. And thank you for the link to the Boston Globe photographs! They're the most powerful I have seen yet...

  2. So glad I came across your blog! we were in Cairo last year and were drinking tea with the owners of a little souvenir store right there on the Tahrir square - it's surreal to be watching what's unfolding there right now. must be even more surreal for you.

  3. A compelling interview, Roxanne. Thanks to both you and Anna for the insights.