The story, written by journalist Nicholas Kristof, describes the scene yesterday in Tahrir Square, also known as Liberation Square. He interviewed Mahmood, a carpenter, Amr, a double-amputee in a wheelchair, and one of his heroes, Dr. Nawal El Saadawi, "a leading Arab feminist who for decades has fought female genital mutilation." He writes, "Dr. Saadawi, who turns 80 this year, is white-haired and frail and full of fiery passion." She is also a world-renowned writer of more than forty books of fiction and non-fiction (click link to read her biography).
By putting a name and a story to these three people, Kristof gave me a better sense of the incredibly diverse crowd of Egyptian citizens gathered at the square and their determination and guts.
Kristof writes, "The lion-hearted Egyptians I met on Tahrir Square are risking their lives to stand up for democracy and liberty, and they deserve our strongest support--and, frankly, they should inspire us as well. A quick lesson in colloquial Egyptian Arabic: Innaharda, ehna kullina Misryeen! Today, we are all Egyptians!"