"Now, there is hope that Egypt's economy could find its way
to sustainable growth, hope that we stop living in fear, hope
that we will be treated with dignity in our own country and
abroad, hope that nepotism would not be the only way to get
a job, hope that the 40 percent of Egyptians who live below
the poverty line would find their way out of poor conditions.
I would like to see social justice, application of the rule of
law on all without exceptions and the end of corruption.
Most importantly, I would like to see a complete overhaul of
the educational system because it is the only way out."
"I am very proud of the revolution, and I am praying that the coming transition period
would take us to a new setup where all Egyptians would have dignity and the right to
self-determination. A system with checks and balances where everyone is accountable
and with the ethics and spirit that we saw in Tahrir is what Egypt needs. We have a lot of
highly talented individuals who were alienated by the previous system, and I hope this
encourages everyone to work toward building a country with the regional and global
status it deserves."
"I was one of five co-founders of United Egyptians, a London-based group with no
political or religious affiliation. We supported the basic demands of the revolution that
have been articulated by the Youth Coalition, amongst others. We believe that only the
Egyptian people should have the right to decide on their future and that any process for
building a new civil society should be led from within the country and not imposed from
outside. As a show of solidarity, I traveled to Egypt to join the revolution and another time
to take part in the national referendum on the constitutional amendments. This is my duty
as an Egyptian."
"When the revolution started on January 25, my wife [Rania Hamed '91]
and I spent days in front of the television so that we can follow what was
happening. After spending a few weeks in front of the screen and behind
the computer, I could not take it anymore. I decided on the night of
Tuesday, February 8 that I had to go back to Egypt. I booked our tickets,
and we were on the plane to Egypt at 9 am Wednesday morning. It was
the longest flight ever, but the most joyful experience when we were finally
back home. We spent the following few days in Tahrir with wonderful
Egyptian protestors. It was only a few minutes after sunset on Friday,
February 11 that we experienced the best feeling we ever felt in Egypt.
We were in the streets till 4 am that day celebrating with all Egyptians."
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