I was at the dental clinic in my neighborhood today when power went out while the doctor was in the middle of operating on my teeth. The guy had to stop and watch helplessly as I kept spitting blood everywhere.
This summer has been plagued by power cuts all across the country for long hours, instigating protests in some provinces and building up anger in others.
This is coupled with water cuts: neighborhoods in every single province go without water for hours, and sometimes days.
It is, as one blogger described it, the end of the Egyptian civilization as we know it. Mubarak’s Egypt is by all accounts a failed state.
Hossam el-Hamalawy is an Egyptian socialist, journalist, and photographer. Visit his blog: <www.arabawy.org>. His observations above were first published on his blog on 17 August 2010 under a Creative Commons license.