Yasmine, 22, recently graduated from Cairo University. She plans to work in law and currently interns at the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA). She deems herself an activist, but really, she says, she’s “just an Egyptian with a vision.”
Imbaba, Cairo, Thursday, January 27
Yasmine: I love the idea of going to the protests tomorrow. I feel like having hope, a vision, many aspirations that we will be able to change many things. First, it’s enough if can change the current state of corruption. I am hoping we can replace Mubarak because his position at the helm for 30 years alone is evidence of the corrupted state we are in. I am hoping we can change the government. If we can do this, it means that the people have a will. They already have a will and perseverance but the government has killed that inside our hearts. Time has come for the people to launch a huge revolution and walk and talk from their hearts. Whether they are poor or not, educated or not, professors, farmers, workers, everyone, they need to stand up and say, “I want to change Egypt.” I am really hoping we can change Egypt, I hope we can get better.
Lauren E. Bohn is a multi-platform freelance journalist and 2010-2011 Fulbright fellow in Egypt. This video was uploaded onto Vimeo on 27 January 2011; it is reproduced here for non-profit educational purposes.