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Photo Essay: Life In Egypt, Juxtaposed

Originally published on Turnstylenews.com, a digital information service surfacing emerging stories in news, entertainment, art and culture; powered by award-winning journalists.

By: Shadi Rahimi

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This photo series shows a glimpse into two very different parts of Egypt: the bustling city of Cairo and the small village of Belquas. The photographs from Belquas show some of the young people who live in the village, which hosted an open mic series last month brought to them from organizers in Cairo. The photographs from Cairo document the beginning of the infamous sit-in protests in Tahrir Square, which lasted three weeks and ended the first day of Ramadan, August first, when the military police forcibly removed protestors and their camps. Two days later, the country watched the trial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his sons on television. The military police remain in the Square today to keep protestors from returning.

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A young boy breakdances during an open mic series in a village called Belqas, nearly three hours north of Cairo. The event was brought to the town by young organizers in Cairo who received grant money to hold open mics across Egypt. The night included poetry, traditional song, and requests for hip-hop music by young boys.

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