Journalism: Egypt Uprising: Spring '11
Against all advise, I decided to move to Egypt just days before the start of the uprising in January of 2011. I moved into my grand father’s apartment uninhabited for over 30 years, on the little-known roundabout in downtown Cairo, know as Tahrir Square.
Within the next 18 days, I was witness to a struggle involving Egyptians of all social backgrounds, religions and genders. All putting aside their differences in an effort to over throw a dictatorship and authoritarian regime which was governing the country for generations.
Social media and new technologies helped the protests have a step ahead on what the authorities next move was, where to gather, and to fact check on any government infiltration. Twitters used the hashtag #Jan25 and every further date was thereafter immortalized. Even the day after former president Mubarak’s controversial televised address to the protesters in Tahrir Square and shutting down television stations, train stations and internet all together; millions of Egyptians from cities and form the farms alike, began a march on the Presidential palace. The rest is history.
Selected for Special Reporting by CNN.