Kids Take Part In Egypt's Revolution


After 18 days of major daily protests, and plenty of police violence against demonstrators, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned on February 11. Mubarak had been President of Egypt for 30 years and ruled with the fist of a dictator. “We are your children, Egypt,” reads the sign the girl is holding. PHOTO: Mosaad

Egypt Facts

Population: 85 million
Main industries: Petroleum (oil), petroleum products and cotton
People’s main complaints: low living standards, low minimum wage, rising food costs, poor health care and education, police attacks on people who show they are not in favor of the government, unfair elections
What is happening now: The country is run by the military. It says it will hand over power to a newly elected president in August.
U.S. Aid: The U.S. government has been a huge supporter of the Mubarak regime giving Egypt over $60 billion since 1979, more than any other country except Israel

I think that the people are right in protesting because [President] Hosni Mubarak’s regime is a very corrupt regime – he steals all the people’s money and tortures people and arrests people for no reason.
Ali Tarek Atia, age 10, Cairo, Egypt

I care a lot [about what is going on in Egypt] because I have numerous relatives there that I care about. But even if I was not from Egypt, I would still care about everyone else who has been suffering through all 30 years of Hosni Mubarak’s ruling.
Nadya Ali, age 12, New York City

On Wednesday February 9, my family and I went to Liberation Square. We stayed there for 3 hours. I heard people chanting ”Down down Hosni Mubarak” and there were tents, lots of signs, a barber, and a hospital – it was like a mini city. On [Friday,] the day he resigned, my family and I went and celebrated in the street with lots of other people. People were singing, banging on drums, holding Egyptian flags and even taking pictures with the army tanks.
Omar Tarek Atia, age 12, Cairo, Egypt

Asmaa 2
[During the protests] my mom sent me down with food and tea for the people who were watching and protecting my street.
Asmaa Mohamed Shokry, age 12, Alexandria, Egypt

Romani 2
I hope that peace and stability come back to my country, and I also hope that my people will be prosperous and that everybody will have a decent job.
Romani Wageeh Yacob, age 13, Alexandria, Egypt

Yasmeen 1
I hope in the future people who express their opinions will not be shot at by the police.
Yasmeen Sa’eed Abdel Fatah, age 13, Alexandria, Egypt

Marwan 2
I want all the stolen money to come back and all the people who stole it be brought to justice.
Marwan Mohamed Abbas, 11, Alexandria, Egypt

Hisham 2
I went out with the demonstrators to the Midan (Qaid Ibrahim Square). We demanded the ousting of the whole regime.
Hisham Mohamed Abbas,13, Alexandria, Egypt

Maii 1 (1)
I stayed all night looking out the window at the popular groups who were protecting our neighborhood from the thugs.
Maii Mohamed Shokry, age 10, Alexandria, Egypt

See also:
Egyptians Rejoice After Forcing President Out
Revolution Takes Shape: People Demand Change in Middle East and North Africa

6 thoughts on “Kids Take Part In Egypt's Revolution”

  1. I think that what Egypt did was a good decision. I would of done the same if my country was being ruled with the fist of a dictator. Everybody should be a democratic person and think about others.

  2. It’s amazing that when people speak up and aren’t afraid, they can actually make big changes for everyone.

  3. year 8 history SBHS

    We have just been learning about the Egyptian Revolution in our History lessons – after studying the French Revolution. some of us think that the Egyptian people were right to have a revolution, some of us are not sure and only a couple of people think they were wrong. Sammy and Caitlin think you did a good job – keep going! Ondrej thinks it was good that you all worked together, Rhiannon thought it was good that you stuck up for yourselves. Ana is concerned about the innocent people that died as a result of the revolution. Iveta, Karina and Katerina feel really sorry for you guys. We all think you were right to get rid of the president . We hope you have a good future.

  4. I think that it is very important that all these children care about the people around them and their country. It’s outstanding that they know good from evil, want a better future, and that they begin to start learning about their government when they’re young, so they can change and improve it when they get older. It just amazes me that these children have the courage to speak their minds and do what they think is right. All of these kids, and the other that had the same thought, will go far in life. Standing up to a government like that is tough when you don’t know what they will do to you.

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