On January 25th, 2011, Egyptians from all walks of life—many of them in their twenties and thirties—came together via Facebook and Twitter and gathered to call for universal human rights such as dignity and freedom. Astonishingly, 18-days later, the 30-year reign of autocrat President Hosni Mubarak came to an end, and the Egyptian Army stepped forward to assist Egyptian citizens in a peaceful transition toward democracy.
Heba Afify, a newly minted journalist at the English edition of Almasry Alyoum, Egypt’s leading independent newspaper, senses her country’s bedrock of society, family and political identity shifting beneath her feet. Mubarak, who called himself the “father of Egypt”, demanded strict conformity and obedience. To his dismay, his ‘children’ took to the streets and stood up to him, opening the doors to all sorts of new opportunities. Heba realizes that she too must break free from the traditional role envisioned by her sympathetic – yet overprotective – mother. “During the Revolution, all the rules were broken,” Heba exclaims. “My mother needs to understand that the rules that were broken during the Revolution will remain broken.”
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