Lauren is The GroundTruth Project's inaugural Middle East correspondent, based in Istanbul. Previously, she was a columnist for Foreign Policy magazine. She’s the co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted, a start-up incubator and fellowship program dedicated to changing the ratio and getting more...
About 60 miles north of Cairo’s Tahrir Square – the epicenter of the Egyptian uprising in 2011 – there is a secondary school students call “the prison.” A deformed box of concrete packed with dilapidated classrooms, the school is pockmarked with age and neglect. One teacher in the sleepy Nile Delta village morbidly quips that it doubles as a morgue. “We never saw a revolution here,” he said a few months ago, withholding his name for fear of losing his job.
One blistering Guatemalan afternoon in February, 86-year-old Candelaria gathered with three generations of women in her family to watch her great-granddaughters, Rosalina and Elvira, receive bicycles. The indigenous women, their skin wizened from decades of cocoa farming, were dressed in colorful huipils, a traditional square-cut blouse made with an embroidered design — a nod to their ancient-Mayan heritage, shared by 40 percent of the population.
The small, dusty Nile Delta village of Ibyar sits only 100 kilometers from the sprawling metropolis of Cairo, but is "part of a different world," kiosk owner Heba Fahmy explains, sorting through her stock of potato chips and chewing gum. Ibyar has one road going through it and little, if anything, to attract visitors. But for one day last week it became part of Egypt's rapidly evolving and often chaotic political transformation.
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Selecting a term
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