Egypt Burning

This film tells the story of five days in January 2011 when the people of Egypt broke through a barrier of fear they had known for a generation and rose in revolt against their president. Egypt Burning captures those critical moments as history unfolded through interviews with Al Jazeera correspondents on the ground. Their coverage of this popular uprising, which has once again proven Al Jazeera’s indispensable role in today’s global media landscape, made them the target of a state campaign to get their channel off the air.

Anger had long been brewing in Egypt – strikes, unemployment and sectarian tension were on the rise.

Small networks of activists had been agitating against Hosni Mubarak’s autocratic rule for years. But it was only when another Arab country, Tunisia, rose up against its tyrant that the Egyptian activists attracted mass support.

People took to the streets across Egypt demanding political freedoms, an end to state corruption and a better quality of life for the impoverished population.

2 thoughts on “Egypt Burning”

  1. THESE POLITICIANS
    By Eric Gichira

    These politicians hire a mob
    To perfect the liar’s anthem;
    And our resources they rob
    Yet we can’t tame them

    Cute peddlers of sweet lies
    When they misrepresent fact;
    Dressed in colourful ties
    Don’t we love their act?

    Unprovoked by their inactivity
    When the economy is ailing;
    Unmoved by their insensitivity
    When we discover we’re failing…

    And they tell us to laugh
    When we’ve tried spending;
    Yet the going is tough
    And reforms are still pending!

    When election doors open wide
    They come to fool us again;
    We’re tossed on every side
    And crushed to more pain!

    ………………………………………………

    Written by
    ERIC GICHIRA
    aka The Poet of Nairobi
    Email: hitpoet@yahoo.com

    ……………………………………………….

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