Egypt: Dreaming of a Better Tomorrow

This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011.

As demonstrations in Egypt enter their twelfth day, some are becoming discouraged, but still others have kept high hopes for a positive outcome. Global Voices author Eman AbdElRahman is among the latter; on her blog, she shares her feelings on the continuing revolt, all started by a favorite song:

On 21st of February 2010, and after watching an interview with Dr. ElBaradei on Dream2 TV station, I posted a video for the song “Dream with me” by Hamza Namira.. That day I dreamed to see my country free. Free from dictatorship, curroption, violance and humiliation. I believed the dream so much that I dedicated all my wishes only to see the day when Egypt becomes the one I loved before seeing..

Eman continues:

Today, I saw again the same song with other photos, from the revolution. Our revolution.. I was suddenly trembling and shivering. I never told anybody before that I am still in disbelief.. Despite living it minute by minute, and second by second for the past 12 days, I can’t believe what is happening. Sometimes I wake up and tell myself “I must have been dreaming”. But it is not a dream anymore..

I have so much to say. So much to write to behold the memory, but words stand so small in front of what I am experiencing now.
I just knew how deeply I love Egypt, more than I thought I really do..

The video, as well as her blog post, have caught on on Twitter, with others sharing their thoughts.

@msheshtawy, sharing the video, writes:

I dream of a better Tomorrow, Masr bokra a7la #egypt #jan25

@ishtarmuz shares the video as well, tweeting:

Watch ‘Dream With Me (Ehlam Ma'aya) – 25 Jan Revolution’ #JAN25 You get the message without speaking the language.

Dreaming of a better future for Egypt has become a theme on social media; another video speaks of dreams of revolution:

On Twitter, @randa610 shares her own dream for Egypt:

My Dream Egypt: where no one will compromise my life for more power or money. #jan25 #hopeisintheair

Saying goodnight, @pakinamamer thanks the world's supporters of her country:

With all those beautiful friends and strangers supporting us & praying for our safety, I'm sure I'll sleep well. Goodnight <3 #Jan25 #Egypt


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