Meet Egypt’s forgotten indigenous people, the Nubians, in a slideshow by grantee Lauren Bohn. Gaffour, pictured here, told Bohn that “Nubians have lived on this land for thousands of years. We’ve been discriminated against, but what’s worse is being neglected and ignored, like we’re not even here.”
The cities of Minya, Qena, and Assiut feel far away from Egypt’s famed Tahrir Square – both in distance and spirit.
The neglected region of Upper Egypt runs south of Cairo, extending more than 500 miles to Aswan. It’s been plagued by institutional apathy and corruption for years.
When Egypt’s political powers – be it the military or the Muslim Brotherhood – speak of loyal majorities who don’t protest in the Square, or when Egypt’s revolutionaries talk about the need to “reach the people” they have cities like these in mind. Pulitzer Center grantee Lauren Bohn narrates a slideshow showing her journey through rural Upper Egypt. See her project here.
79 percent of Egyptian women report personally experiencing domestic violence, but the subject is not discussed openly. The Jesuit Theater Company uses interactive theater to explore domestic violence with a cast made of both men and women from different religions. Learn more here. Image and story by Lauren E. Bohn. Egypt, 2013.
Serene, beautiful Abu Simbel Egypt, 40 km north of Sudan. Qualms: plunge in tourism, general neglect under a deeply centralized, corrupt government.
Read more of her reporting on the Egypt beyond the revolution here.
Marwa serves as her younger cousin Abdel’s de facto tutor. For youth like Marwa and Abdel, Egypt’s inadequate education system cements the stark social and economic inequalities that were at the very heart of the uprising that packed Tahrir Square. “When will it change” is the question Marwa says she asks herself everyday. Image and caption by Pulitzer Center grantee Lauren E. Bohn. Egypt, 2012. Read the full story here at Pulitzercenter.org: http://bit.ly/PAjNPc.
Protests Erupt in Wake of Official First Round Presidential Election Results
Protests erupted last night after final results were announced in the country’s first-ever competitive presidential election. The top two candidates in the first round of the race are Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood and Ahmed Shafik, Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister. This is the report that we aired on Democracy Now! today:
Violence and Bloodshed in Egypt
On the corniche in front of the hotel, APCs began driving at high speed through crowds of protesters. “An APC mounted the island in the middle of the road, like a maddened animal on a rampage,” writes journalist Sarah Carr in Al Masry Al Youm English Edition. “I saw a group of people disappear, sucked underneath it. It drove over them.” - Shariff Abdel Kouddous, Violence and Bloodshed in Egypt: An Eyewitness Account.
At least 25 people were killed and more than 500 wounded as a result of the violence on October 9. Pulitzer Center grantee Shariff Abdel Kouddous was on the street of Cairo reporting on the protest, which began as a peaceful march of 10,000 people—mostly Coptic Christians. He reported hearing gunshots and seeing tear gas canisters being fired into the crowd. Security forces interrupted two independent TV stations’ live feeds and tossed a videographer’s memory card into a river. Meanwhile, state-controlled media reported that “the Christians” had attacked the army first and killed three soldiers, a claim they were forced to retract the next day.
Above: Islamist holds up cross and leads crowd in chants against military council. Image by Sharif Abdel Kouddous. Egypt, 2011.
Maikel Nabil Sanad is dying, his family says. The jailed 26-year-old Egyptian blogger has been on a hunger strike for over two weeks to protest his imprisonment.
“Maikel was never afraid,” says his brother Mark, 19. “Since 2005, he wrote many articles against Mubarak and was never arrested, never taken to court. But the first time he writes against the military council, he gets arrested.”
On the ground in Egypt, Sharif Abdel Kouddous has the story »
Above: Nabil Sanad Ibrahim stands next to a poster of his son, Maikel, in front of the Journalists’ Syndicate in Cairo. Image by Sharief Abdel Kouddous. Egypt, 2011.