On Saturday, November 29th, an Egyptian court dropped all charges against former president Hosni Mubarak, who had been accused of ordering and overseeing the killing of unarmed protesters in 2011, along with his sons and top aides. Many have commented that this signals the end of the Egyptian revolution and a return of the old order. But what does it mean for the thousands of Egyptians who sacrificed their lives fighting for a better future, and their loved ones who have yet to see any semblance of justice? This week, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy published a by Dennis Dailleux entitled “The Martyrs of the Revolution,” memorializing those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the quest for bread, freedom, and social justice.
Name: Guirguis Lamai Moussa Soleiman Age: 30 Address: Avenue Salama Afifi, Zaouia El-Hamra Job: Driver Monthly salary: Variable
Guirguis’ family is Coptic Christian. The father, Lamai, had great hopes when, after his military service, he decided to stay in Cairo and try his luck. He took Samira from her village in Upper Egypt to marry her. As time went by, everything collapsed. A chronic depression settled in Lamai and Samira’s old and humid apartment. Even the birth of their four children could not completely chase it away. A driver for a doctor, Guirguis was the elder son. Elegant and cautious like his father, he was trying his best to help his parents. Despite his age, 30, because he lacked the proper salary, he was not married.
On January 28, Guirguis decided to have a look at the demonstrations that would not calm down. He wanted to use the occasion to test the video camera of his phone. He did not have to go all the way to Tahrir Square. On that day, the gatherings were everywhere, in all the districts. The snipers were shooting with real bullets, aiming for the ones who were filming the scenes of rebellion. Among them, there was Guirguis. Today, Lamai has quit his job. He spends his days watching a Coptic TV channel. He and his family are afraid of the future.
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