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Current issue | Issue 1168, (10 - 16 October 2013)
Monday,19 November, 2018
Issue 1168, (10 - 16 October 2013)

Ahram Weekly

‘A REVOLUTION ON THE NILE’

The exhibition had not forgotten Egypt’s 25 January Revolution, and a book entitled A Revolution on the Nile was on sale, describing the 18 days of the country’s 2011 Revolution.
The book contains photographs taken by film director Mohsen Gouda and it is published by General Egyptian Book Organisation (GEBO). Gouda told the Weekly that he had gone to Tahrir Square during the 2011 Revolution in order to take pictures of the events. As a result, he had secured valuable images of the “Battle of the Camel”, the burning of the former ruling National Democratic Party building, and other events.
In 2012, Gouda participated in an exhibition in Viterbo in Italy, showing a collection of 25 photographs relating the history of Egypt’s 2011 Revolution. Many people had asked Gouda to buy the photographs, but he had refused, he said, as his dream had been to publish a book on Egypt’s Revolution. As he had not been able to finance the publication himself, he had had to wait until 2012 when Ahmed Megahed, the head of GEBO, had offered to publish the book.
Gouda said that it included five episodes relating the story of Egypt’s 25 January Revolution, from the day before it started to the end of the 18th day and the stepping down of former president Hosni Mubarak. The first photograph in the book shows the traffic lights in nearby Talaat Harb Square, which carried a handwritten note saying that the 25th would be the day for the revolution.
The first episode shows the preparations made by the police, as well as the eventual burnout of the police forces. The second depicts the anger of the protesters when their demands were not met. The third describes the joy felt after the toppling of Mubarak and the presence of the army in the streets to guarantee the Revolution. The fourth shows the subsequent cleaning of Tahrir Square by the younger generation, who were enthusiastic to bring about the new Egypt.
“As children are the future of any country and community,” Gouda said, “I decided to dedicate the last episode of the book to the future through displaying a collection of photographs of the children who participated in the revolution.” 

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