Rebel Yell: Asmaa Mahfouz

Artist: Rage5

On January 18, Asmaa Mahfouz posted the video below on her Facebook page urging men and women to take to the streets and demand that Hosni Mubarak step down after 30 years of autocratic single-party rule in Egypt. Many people reportedly followed her lead, posting their own pictures holding a sign similar to Mahfouz's, expressing their intention to take part in a day of protest on Tuesday, January 25. The Mubarak regime has since shut down the Internet.

According to the New York Times, our rabble rouser celebrated her 26th birthday among tens of thousands of Egyptians yesterday. Mahfouz is a member of the April 6 Youth Movement made up of young people who have successfully used social media to mobilize Egyptians against their country's leader. Her group has been credited with playing a major role in organizing this mass demonstration.

I think you'll find her courage inspiring, especially since she chose to show her face and disclose her identity.




3 comments:

Ida's Idioms | February 4, 2011 at 3:14 AM

I see Egypt's rebellion differently.
http://idaprince43.posterous.com/no-way-to-win-australian-empethy
I have been looking at this young woman's learning...
''''The Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) was first established in 2000 as the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies program (FMRS) and was expanded in 2008 into a Regional Center encompassing all forms of international mobility, whether voluntary or forced, economic or political, individual or collective, temporary or permanent. CMRS activities include graduate education, research and outreach activities. CMRS offers a Master of Arts in migration and refugee studies, a graduate diploma in forced migration and refugee studies, and a new graduate diploma in Applied Psychosocial Interventions for forced migrants and refugees. The CMRS research program includes a systematic and comparative inventory of the situation regarding migration and refugee movements across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), as well as in-depth studies of emerging issues in the region.''
MY COMMENT... an extract of a e-mail to friends:--
These wealthy Americans... not only does USA tax payers pay into Aid... to Egypt as well as Israel.. by millions each year.

Universities... private or tax payer funded??

see the subjects...
-- http://catalog.aucegypt.edu/content.php?catoid=14&navoid=424

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_University_in_Cairo

Anonymous | February 6, 2011 at 1:26 PM

This is a very moving and convincing appeal, one that obviously had the desired effect. I admire her courage and conviction.

AKAmamma | February 6, 2011 at 1:34 PM

I couldn't agree more.

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