| A Revolution Devours Its Children
| Sunday, January 24, 2016
|CAIRO—It takes about 30 minutes to drive from the teeming Cairo neighborhood of Faisal to what locals call “El Sijn”—Arabic for “the prison.” There are many in Egypt, but everyone seems to know the prison:
Tora Prison, opened in 1908. It has housed a diverse assortment of the country’s dissidents, businessmen, Islamists, and statesmen—including the ousted president Hosni Mubarak, who had ruled Egypt for nearly three decades before his regime fell in the uprising that began almost exactly five years ago.
“It’s been five years since we’ve toppled Mubarak and we’re back to
square one,” Nourhan says. At 26, Ahmed was one of Egypt’s most
prominent liberal activists, and remains a living symbol of the
revolution: once vibrant and triumphant on Cairo’s streets, now languid
and silenced behind bars.
The young couple used to talk for hours about
their plans to open a bookstore, maybe even start a publishing house
dedicated to fostering freedom and democracy in a country with a severe
deficit of both. Now their conversations are limited to a hurried,
supervised 20 minutes every other week.
“It is worse than square one,” corrects Ahmed’s mother Fathia, who often accompanies her daughter-in-law on visits to El Sijn. For her, the journey to the prison evokes a more-distant past, after her father and almost all her male relatives were arrested decades ago for being members of the then-banned Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.
The organization, whose political party was briefly in charge of Egypt’s government following Morsi’s ascent to the presidency, has once again been banned. But Fathia never thought her son—a staunch critic of the very group she and her husband have dedicated their lives to—would also end up behind bars.Read it all here.............
HT : BCF
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