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Proud to be Egyptian : )))))))))))

From: Hani

Date: February 14, 2011 5:53:14 PM EST

Subject: Re: THINK

Hi guys,

For the foreseeable future, egypt, if we’re lucky, is likely to have a C grade democracy. It’s not great. But we would not have registered a grade a month ago. Not even an F.

C is a start...

Sent via BlackBerry

It is a massacre

A GChat conversation between Raja, a Yemeni-American and her cousin in Sana’a, Yemen, on March 18.

C: 30 are dead today
one of them is a child
and over 200 are injured

R: whattttt?
30 dead?

C: two hours ago
Snipers from the rooftops

R: what?

C: killed the demonstrators

R: snipers?

C: It is a massacre
we cried
for the horrible images

R: omggg

C: They shot them at the eyes
and heads and necks

R: omggg

C: Watch Al Jazeerah
open it now

R: what the hell

You can’t trust anyone here

Raja has since temporarily relocated to Sana’a to be a photojournalist. Here, her Facebook messages with Hanna, who lives in New York.

April 10 at 4:31 p.m. Report

Salam Raja

How are you. how is it in Yemen. Hopefully you’re not getting into too much trouble. Stay safe!


April 11 at 12:22 p.m. Report

Hey love, Sorry for the delay…Everything is fine. I’ve already got stuck in the middle of two clashes but managed to escape in time. I’m beginning to normalize the sounds of gunshots and seeing the injured. You can’t trust anyone here... it’s hard to know ur enemies from ur friends.

‘Freedom’ is her favorite word now

Facebook messages written on April 11, between Rabyaah, a Yemeni-American living in Brooklyn, and her sister-in-law in Sana’a.

RABYAAH: did u guys go out to protest today?

SISTER-IN-LAW: Noo. but I go frequently

RABYAAH: is it dangerous

SISTER-IN-LAW: Mama thinks it is, but we all go. do not tell her

RABYAAH: did u see salma in front of the white house with her yemeni flag?

SISTER-IN-LAW: i have put her picture as my profile picture

RABYAAH: lol. she loves rallies now. and she even memorized some slogans


RABYAAH: Down down with Ali. and freedom is her favorite word now. freedom this and freedom that

SISTER-IN-LAW: Same here with kids. they all shout and play. and then they say: The people want to end the regime. You hear this song everywhere

Egypt is not Cairo

Hoda Osman, an Egyptian-American living in Jersey City, e-mailed her friend in Egypt about the new political parties.

On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 5:09 AM, Hoda wrote:

I wanted to ask u if u have decided on joining a party or not, thinking about the abul ghar one, but wanted ur opinion.

From: Lamia
To: Hoda
Sent: Thu, March 31, 2011 7:07:26 AM

Subject: Re: parties

I am so disappointed in all the parties:-( not sure if i will join any. i need to skype with you, how about today?

On Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 8:37 PM, Hoda wrote:

I feel that because I’m far away, I want to join a party.

From: Lamia
To: Hoda
Sent: Thu, March 31, 2011 6:10:31 PM

Subject: Re: parties

Sent you some info on a party. It has very respectful and decent figures. My only take is that a civil society won’t be as attractive to the masses because of the lack of roots at rural areas. And we all learned, egypt is not cairo;-)

This is justice

On April 14, Hoda called her father, Khaled, to discuss Mubarak’s arrest.

H: Hi Papy. I had to call you to talk to you about what happened.

K: It’s hard to believe.After all the power, all those years, now prison?

H: Remember the man I met in Tahrir Square who was detained and tortured? This is justice for him. What happened today will be an example to future leaders. They’ll think twice before doing anything wrong.

K: Who would want to be in their place? They will think a thousand times.


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