Egypt’s fairy tale like revolution felt like it was yesterday, but then again maybe it was because the people still are revolting. Reflecting back as reported by Suzy Hanna.
Picture this. A girl is encouraged to have the biggest birthday party in her honour. Her friends helped set up the party, had a great time dancing the night away… and at the end, they were all gone.
And here stands the birthday girl in an empty, dirty hall, alone, left to clean up the mess.
Except that this isn’t a birthday. It’s a revolution. And it’s not just tables and chairs to clean. It’s an unstable ‘elected’ government, poor socio-legal reforms, a demolished economy and a country in crisis.
It is almost the two-year anniversary of Egypt’s revolution and while the world had watched in awe and amazement at the ‘Arab Spring’ that drenched democracy on the thirsty tyrannical deserts of the Middle East, those same nations turn a blind eye to the suffering instilled by a confusing and unfamiliar change to this terrain.
Two years on and Egypt’s main source of income, tourism, is all but dead. Two years on, Egypt has had more military trials of political opponents than in the 30 years of Mubarak’s rule. Two years on and Egypt’s economy is said to be close to bankruptcy, during which time it can join its revolutionary elder sister, Tunisia, in their synchronized economic collapse. Two years on and Egypt weeps for her children who continue to die due to the lazy, ineffective and corrupt management ingrained in the Egyptian hierarchy. It is not just minority groups that have suffered under the revolution- although, they undoubtedly have. If you were one of the supporters of the revolution who thundered for a change to the system- my question to you is, how much do you know of the sufferings of the Egyptians since? How many deaths and jail sentences have you heard about? How many children have you wept for? Or were you just a voice that called out with the crowds, demanding a revolution, with no plan or strategy in place?
The Copts were one group who had their strategy – join the ranks and call for the immediate demands of freedom, justice and equality, not just for them but for the entire population. They, along with their countrymen who sought the most basic of democratic values, have now witnessed a worrying rise in the attacks by extremists and fundamentalists on churches, Coptic businesses, the kidnappings and ransom of young men and women and the ongoing persecution of Christian converts.
We do not ask for more than that the world looks again. Don’t turn your face from the party that you demanded. Don’t walk away from the situation that you encouraged. Watch as Egypt struggles to pick up the pieces of a broken nation, divided in terms of ‘Islamist and Revolutionary’, ‘Man and Woman’ and ‘Copt and Muslim’. A better Egypt can come and The Australian Coptic Movement Association as part of the National Salvation Front, will contribute to ensure that Egypt is a nation for all Egyptians.
Suzy Hanna is member of The Australian Coptic Movement Association working within the media and public relations area. With a Bachelor in Law/Arts, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Bachelor in Arts (Honours) and Bachelor in Secondary Teaching, Suzy’s education and personal interest in sociological affairs of Copts and Egypt has seen her on the front lines of elevating the Coptic Cause. Suzy has fronted an array of media outlets including SBS Broadcasting and Sky. You can contact Suzy via email@example.com.
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