I cannot quite believe the current violence in Egypt. I spent some time in the 1980’s travelling around much of the country and found everywhere, warm and generous people.
Lack of jobs , overcrowding, educated people earning so little they couldn’t afford to marry ..all of these things yes but they didn’t want backsheesh, they wanted to talk , and boy Egyptians can talk.
All my photos are of ordinary Egyptians, for the most part working men and women. By middle east standards women were reasonably free to wear what they wanted.
For the last few weeks I have wondered what these people think of the situation that is evolving around them. I would have thought for the most part they would have voted for the Muslim Brotherhood.
The average Egytian has suffered under absentee landlords, chronic corruption and an evil state using the full panoply of a security apparatus furnished by U.S, Germany and Britain.
Finally they have free and fair elections , and with more elections next year But that wasn’t good enough for the Army and the rich elite with their Saudi backers. Five or six weeks ago bread became harder and harder to find and the right started running rumours that the Brotherhod couldn’t run the economy. Funny that the days after Morsi was arrested bread flooded the Cairo markets.
Much has changed since Nasser overthrew the old king. Nasser and the army were essentially left of centre and along with Gaddaffi constructed a sort of Pan African socialism..right or wrong it was a far cry from the army today which is a crypto fascist organisation, controlling most of big business and obviously having no love of not only their country but the common man.
While the fascist army, the fundamentalists and the western loving middle class battle it out for power in Egypt nobody on the International stage thinks about the majority of Egyptians caught up, often in misbelief, in this bloody battle that will scar the country for many generations.
I hope that all these people are alive and well..
*Sorry all pics badly scanned off tomorrow to Turkey and beyond so in a hurry