Author Archives: Amr El Beleidy

About Amr El Beleidy

Growing up in Egypt, Amr went to the UK for his university studies. He studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at University College London (UCL) and later returned to obtain his Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Futures at Imperial College. With a team of friends, he's now building the online travel community touringa. This community allows you to travel around the world with local guides, and guides other travellers by showing them your part of the world through your eyes. Amr is also a freelance writer, often writing about travel. Amr was one of the millions of people who took part in the Egyptian revolution. His tweets at @beleidy have some 4,800 followers and were featured on the Washington Post blog.

Locked out of prison: The friends of Mohamed Radwan

Egyptian-US engineer Mohamed Radwan (c) speaks to the media after he and his parents met with Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Elaraby in Cairo April 3. Radwan was released April 1 after a week in detention in Syria for filming last week's protests in Damascus with a mobile phone. Radwan had been working in Syria for his father's company. Photo: picture alliance / © dpa.

Egyptian-US engineer Mohamed Radwan (c) speaks to the media after he and his parents met with Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Elaraby in Cairo April 3. Radwan was released April 1 after a week in detention in Syria for filming last week's protests in Damascus with a mobile phone. Radwan had been working in Syria for his father's company. Photo: picture alliance / © dpa.

I had returned home from the doctor’s clinic on Saturday evening fidgeting with anxiety. My surgery was scheduled for the next day, and naturally my mind started contemplating the results. If all goes well I should be alive and in a better condition than I am in now. If not … Well, I didn’t want to dwell on the possibilities.

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My Father was the President of Egypt

Caricature drawn by Sara Abd El Azim during the revolution, Photo: Sara Abd El Azim (Twitter @lujee), http://lewjee.blogspot.com

Caricature drawn by Sara Abd El Azim during the revolution, Photo: Sara Abd El Azim (Twitter @lujee), http://lewjee.blogspot.com

In the run up to the toppling of the then president Mohamed Hosny Mubarak, his parasitic group in power did their utmost to keep him in place. Government-controlled media took up mass propaganda by fabricating stories and advocating the ex-president’s merits.

The loyalists were using a message they thought would make most people quiet down, a message that had proven effective in the past – the president is your father.

It was a clever card to play, addressing the strong emotional bond between Egyptians and their families. A family in Egypt is widely seen as the building block of society, and its well-being is the number one priority to all its members.

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Locked up in Liberation Square

An Egyptian Military Police soldier (R) collecting documents in front of the Egyptian Internal Security Services building in Alexandria, Egypt March 4, 2011. According to local media reports, Egyptian protesters tried to enter a building of the Internal Security Service located in Alexandria late March 4. For many Egyptians the Internal Security Services are considered responsible for Human rights violations during the rule of former President Hosni Mubarak, Photo: picture alliance / dpa

An Egyptian Military Police soldier (R) collecting documents in front of the Egyptian Internal Security Services building in Alexandria, Egypt March 4, 2011. According to local media reports, Egyptian protesters tried to enter a building of the Internal Security Service in Alexandria March 4, Photo: picture alliance / dpa

I wanted to talk but they silenced me, I wanted to know but they banned me and I wanted to work but they stood in my way. I wanted to breathe but they polluted the air, I wanted to be but they classified me and I wanted to explore but they bound me.

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