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15 June 2012 / jenbusse

The Egyptian Revolution and Those it Left Behind – الثوره المصريه ,ومن خلفتهم ورائها

Khaled Gamal, 18, in Cairo, Egypt (via CNN.com)

The urban poor of Cairo are as much a part of the Egyptian Revolution as any other group, but are the ones feeling most hopeless and lacking agency as Egyptians watch the new political framework is established.  CNN.com recently ran an informative and thought provoking article entitled: “For Egypt’s Trapped and Teeming, revolution has barely begun“.  A quote from a young Egyptian best describes the content of the article:

“I’m proud of the life I live, but it’s the type of life that had us in Tahrir the first few days fighting for a better one,” he said, noting that he often couldn’t protest because he had to work instead. “I want a better sewage system, a good high school. The poor are constantly forgotten by the regime and even the revolutionaries.”

The article quotes urban planning experts such as David Sims (Understanding Cairo: the Logic of a City Out of Control), Dina Shehayeb (architect and planner, The American University in Cairo), and Mohamed Elshahed (Cairobserver).  It also touches upon issues such as the Cairo 2050 plan (read Cairo from Below’s analysis of Cairo 2050 here), informal settlements, and the increasingly large divide between rich and poor in Cairo.

While watching the dissolving of the Egyptian Parliament and through this article, I am reminded again of the importance of keeping Cairo’s poor at the forefront in my mind, as they are the largest and most vulnerable group at this key point in Egyptian history.

فقراءالمناطق الحضريه فى القاهره شاركوا فى الثوره المصريه كاى فصيل اخر ولكنهم يعتبروا هم الفصيل الاكثر احساسا بفقدان الامل و فقدان التمثيل مع تاسيس الاطار السياسى المصرى الجديد .نشرت “السى ان ان ” مقالا اخبارىا مثيرا للتفكير بعنوان “بالنسبه للمحاصرين و المزحومين الثوره بالكاد بدأت “و هذا الاقتباس من شاب مصرى يصف ما يحتوىه المقال

“انا فخور بالحياه التى اعيشها , ولكنها نفس الحياه التى قادتنا للتحرير فى الايام الاولى للمطالبه بحياه افضل “قائلا انه لا يستطيع التظاهر الان لانه يجب عليه العمل  “انا احتاج نظام صرف جيد و دراسه جيده . الفقراء دائما ما يتم نسيانهم من النظام و حتى من الثوار “

فى المقال اقتباسات من خبراء فى التخطيط المعمارى مثل :دايفد سيمس(فى فهم القاهره:منطق المدينه الخارجه عن السيطره) ,دينا شهاب(مخططه حضريه و معماريه بالجامعه الامريكيه فى القاهره) و محمد الشاهد(مشاهد القاهره) .
ويتطرق المقال ايضا الى موضوعات مثل مخطط القاهره 2050 (اقرا تحليل القاهره من الاساس للقاهره 2050 هنا),المستوطنات الغير رسميه والفجوة الواسعة المتزايده بين الأغنياء والفقراء في القاهرة.

بينما اشاهد حل البرلمان و من خلال المقال اتذكر ثانيه انه من المهم ابقاء فقراء القاهره فى ذهنى لانهم اكبر فصيل ضعيف وغير محصن فى هذه اللحظه المحوريه فى تاريخ مصر

Translated by Hazem Adel, Ain Shams University, Faculty of Engineering, BSc Architecture 2011

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