Buses in Egypt do not follow a fixed route, and if you want to make sure of reaching your destination, you better make agreements with the driver before departure.
After January's 2011 Revolution, many Egyptians are wondering where the country is heading. Some of them answer, ironically, "you should have asked it before getting on"...

In October, 2011, I decided to move to Egypt. I was curious to look into the face of a "Revolution" taking place in a country so close to my own. Tahrir Square is a street theatre and, if you like it, you can watch a show anytime. I would stop and listen to the voices of whoever came across, asking them their opinions on the future of Egypt, as the year 2011 was closing on the backdrop of a winter that looked very much the same as the spring. Vagrants, youths, revolutionaries, would be prophets, taxi drivers, mothers, journalists, field doctors. Men and women. Poor and less poor. Christians and muslims. People who, from different standings and with different points of view, contribute to the development of a country that is moving, and is not going to surrender to history.


Gli autobus in Egitto non seguono un percorso fisso e, se vuoi essere sicuro di raggiungere la tua destinazione, devi metterti d'accordo con il conducente prima di partire.
Dopo la Rivoluzione di Gennaio 2011, molti egiziani si chiedono in che direzione stia andando il Paese. Alcuni di loro rispondono, ironicamente, "avresti dovuto chiederlo prima di salire su"...

Ad Ottobre del 2011 ho deciso di andare in Egitto. Ero curiosa di vedere che faccia aveva una "Rivoluzione" così vicina a casa mia. Piazza Tahrir è un teatro di strada e chi ama osservare puoi trovarci uno spettacolo a qualsiasi ora. Mi sono fermata ad ascoltare le voci di chi ho incontrato chiedendo loro un'opinione sul futuro del Paese, mentre l'anno 2011 si chiudeva sullo sfondo di un inverno arabo rivelatosi all'improvviso molto simile alla primavera. Vagabondi, giovani rivoluzionari, artisti, presunti profeti, tassisti, madri di famiglia, giornalisti, medici di campo. Uomini e donne. Poveri e meno poveri. Cristiani e musulmani. Gente che, da situazioni e punti di vista diversi, partecipa all'evoluzione di un Paese che si muove e non si arrende alla storia.

Hadeer, a high school student
Unfortunately,I believe that the famous statement of our ex prime minister Saad Zaghlul (egyptian revolutionary and stateman during the '20s) "There is non Hope" still holds true. I am concerned that the coming elections will be marred by corrupted practi
AHMED - used to work in the tourism
The former president (Mubarak) said he would stay in power for six more months, and would not run for re-election. Why couldn't we wait six months for the change? Why hurry up? So far, the Revolution didn't help us in any way, and won't do it in the fu
Yasmine, 6 April youth movement
I went down (to the Square) for my country. I wish I can see it turn into the best country in the world. "Let's be one hand" is a pledge that the people keep making, and I wish that it will act accordingly. We pray God to protect you, Egypt, and go back t
ABD EL KADER,frontline protester
In a country where, as people are killed, women are forced to take virginity tests and stripped of their clothes in the streets, I chose to be a revolutionary to stand by these human beings, even at the cost of my life. I greatly value honor and dignity,
FREE EGYPTIAN, voluntary doctor
I am an Egyptian and a free man. Freedom is life. The tree of liberty cannot grow without the blood of free men.
Sabah, mother of 3 guys
Thank God, the egyptian youth has done what we didn't expect. As an egyptian mother of three boys, I am very proud of what happened, but, at at the same time, I am worried about the country and my children. I am very scared of these days, and hope that
NADINE, a young copt woman
I am a woman. I am an Egyptian. I am christian. I won't stop crying out and resisting. I am not concerned about Egypt or the Egyptians. We will find a way to live together accepting our diversities. We have a long way to go, but I won't get tired of s
MOSTAFA, a taxi driver in Cairo.
I demand that the Revolution punish the people responsible for damaging the country and making it insecure. And that it hand the country to a President, and make the Armed Forces go back to their place, and the police work for the country, as in the ol
MARWA, a protester of Tahrir Square
I joined the revolution because I want to see Egypt as it used to be. Better education, and a chance of work and live in dignity. Same rights for the poor and the wealthy. If we stand united, this country will turn into the be the best place ever.
AHMED SAMIR,moderate muslim brother
A democratically elected Parliament, a President chosen by the people, a Constitution that guarantees freedom and no military rule. In the Arab world, Military Governments have long proved very good at killing. Over the years, they have been responsible
SHOROUK el ATTAR, Tv reporter
Although the situation is getting worse, the bloodletting is increasing and injustice is rampant, this country will be better off. At least, rigth now there is a fight, there are voices raising against these horribles conditions. I am neither afraid of
Sarah El Sirgany, Journalist
Resilience, Resistance and Hope. We will win and the Revolution will succeed. We will prosecute all criminals, and the voice of justice and dignity will rise again.
I am muslim, and support the Muslim Brotherhood because it can provide peace and security. I also support the revolution, which I like better than Mubarak's government.
MAHMOUD, founder "Sahwa" group
People of Egypt, you know that the greatest battle is not finished yet, and this is no time to part, following different ideologies. Freedom has not been given to us, it has been stolen from us. Right now, the fight is between different groups with differ
NAYERA, activist
To the Council of Armed Forces: If you believe that we will side with you for fear of those promoting islamism, you are deluding yourselves. When the day of confrontation will come, Egypt will side with truth, justice and freedom, as these are the val
MOHAMED ESSA, a Salaphist
I am a muslim. I love Allah and the Sharia. I love Egypt and its people. I hope for freedom for all human beings, for justice and equality of all persons. I do love my country in all possible senses.
MAGDI,student at Al Azhar Universit
I see Egypt of the ancient times as an islamic country, but dream of a nation ruled by islamic sharia and civil principles. Right now, I don't feel safe in my country, but I wish that in the near future there will be security in all of Egypt. I dream of