Posted by on February 14, 2011 in Blog

Egyptian American Psychologist Dr. Amal Sedky Winter is currently in Egypt, and has regularly blogged about the situation on the ground during Egypt's popular uprising. You can read her full blog at www.myeyeonegypt.net. Below are brief excerpts that we highlighted for you:

January 25, 2011

Today belongs to the youth! Using Twitter and Facebook and who knows what else, tens of thousands young men and women took to the streets of Egypt. They gathered to protest the Mubarak regime. Twenty thousand filled Cairo's Tahrir square. They protested in Suez, Fayoum, Ismailia, Kafr el Sheikh, Bultim, Mahallah, Mansour and cities from Alexandria in the North to Aswan in the South. Nothing of this magnitude this has happened in Egypt before.

The government had warned the leaders of the few political parties Egypt allows to stay away. The leaders obeyed but their people turned out. The Mufti (highest Islamic authority) issued a fatwa forbidding participation but Muslims turned out. The Church forbade its members from participating; Christians turned out too. The Muslim Brotherhood refused to back the demonstrations—less than 150 of them came. Still, the government claims the Brotherhood incited the protests and admits to jailing 212…

January 26, 2011

The streets are choked with security: policemen in riot gear and dusty blue vans, armed vehicles and water cannons. Facebook and Twitter were closed down for a while—the internet savvy youth used proxy sites. The EU and France, even the United States has called for respecting the right to peaceful demonstration and called for police restraint and non-violence…

January 31, 2011

Today, the fourth day of what must now be called an Egyptian revolution, 100,000 people showed up in Tahrir Square, the political center of the people's protest against President Hosni Mubarak and his government and for democracy and government respect of the people.  Not a bare spot was to be found.

The size of the gathering was unaffected by the government's shutdown of the internet and cell phone services.  Nor the fact that it shut down Al Jazeera in Arabic, the county's main source of news…

February 3rd, 2011

Protesters are currently holding 35 men whose identity cards prove they’re employed by internal security. Others admitted to being paid by the government to beat up demonstrators…

February 6th, 2011

Muslim sheiks held hands with Christian priests in Tahrir Square today; the sheik raised his other hand, holding a Qu’ran, to the sky; the priest, a large gold cross. Both prayed for the Egyptian people.

A sixty-something, notably talkative friend of mine went to deliver food. She returned almost speechless. “Awe-inspiring” was all she could say…

February 11, 2011

Mohamed’s phone rang just as my grandson appeared at Cairo airport’s arrival gate. “Mubark’s resigned! He’s resigned!” my friend burst out.  We swept the jet-legged Philip into the great whoop."He's resigned! Resigned!"

We left the airport high-fiving and thumbs-upping every which way and drove straight to Tahrir Square horn-honking the celebratory rhythm associated with winning soccer games--the only occasions Egyptians have had to celebrate for 30 years. We passed cars flying huge Egyptian flags and large eight-wheelers with blaring horns. The road filled with cars as we reached city center; people calling out, “Mabruk” -congratulations - and waving peace signs out the windows…

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Dr. Amal Sedky Winter is an Egyptian-American psychologist in Seattle who currently lives in Cairo, Egypt during the academic year where she is Visiting Professor of Practice at the American University in Cairo’s Graduate School of Education. She is a member of Psychologists for Social Responsibility, the Arab American Community Coalition in Seattle, and the Arab American Institute’s Pacific Northwest representative. Her numerous consulting positions include the U.S. Department of State where she trains women in the Middle East to run for public office and the creation of training programs for panels of mediation specialists in over 450 Egyptian family courts. She and her colleague, Sheryl Ga Feldman, operate the website www.myeyeonegypt.net

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