We Four in Egypt

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The news from Egypt

I’ve been quiet, but not for lack of happenings around Cairo.

Last night saw a tragic bomb blast at the Khan il Khalili, a market in downtown Cairo. Real news about the incident has been slow to come, but the BBC is now reporting that one person has been detained.

I first heard the news on Twitter. I told Mr. Four, who got on the phone, and then I immediately sent an email to our families. My goal was to get the news that we were okay to my mother-in-law before she had any reason to suspect we weren’t.

I then spent a few hours maniacally refreshing news websites and Twitter. I also took a walk around the neighborhood. The police were more active than usual, but otherwise nothing seemed much different.

Today, Mr. Four and I both had normal days at work, though he reported that a meeting was cancelled because one of the attendees, an American, wouldn’t leave her house.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of the young Frenchwoman who died in the blast. I can’t even imagine.

Now, some context: tourists and tourist areas have been targeted over the past several years in different parts of Egypt. This attack could be part of that pattern. There’s another theory floating around that this was done by people angry at Egypt for its perceived support of Israel’s attack on Gaza in December and January. A lot of people throughout the Middle East and within Egypt are angry that Egypt didn’t open its border with Gaza. This is a very complicated situation–if you’re interested, let me know, and I’ll dig up some links for you.

As for the bombing–I’ll share any news as I hear it.


23 February 2009 - Posted by | in the news


  1. I first heard about it from everyone’s Facebook updates. When we checked on the various news channels we were frustrated to see that it rated no more than 4 or 5 minutes from any news outlet – even Al Jazeera.

    Comment by Typ0 | 23 February 2009

  2. Ms. Four,

    I love reading your blog! It’s so interesting to get a global perspective on issues like class, politics, etc. – especially since it’s extremely difficult to get different sides of these issues from U.S. journalism. I was wondering if you could post some links about the Egypt-Gaza situation. It would be wonderful to read more about it.

    Thank you so much for sharing your experiences!

    Comment by Raichel | 15 May 2009

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