What Natasha Smith describes is the epitome of a repressed, evil culture. I find it hard to take her at her word that this does not represent Egypt when so many had the opportunity to help her and chose not to do so.

I have been forced to leave Cairo prematurely following a horrific sexual and physical attack in Tahrir Square.

The atmosphere was one of jubilation, excitement, and happiness as I walked, accompanied by two male companions for safety along Kasr El Nil bridge. I had had an awful day, caused by problems in personal relationships, so I was so happy to be in such a wonderful environment, getting such amazing footage. Women, children and fathers smiled, waved, and cheered happily at the camera, calling out the widely used phrase “welcome to Egypt! Welcome!”. Fireworks lit up the sky. It was a moving and captivating experience.

Just as I realised I had reached the end of the bridge, I noticed the crowd became thicker, and decided immediately to turn around to avoid Tahrir Square. My friends and I tried to leave. I tried to put my camera back in my rucksack.

But…

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  1. That is a harrowing account. Ms. Smith has my sympathy and respect. I am so sorry she went through that.

  2. Utah,
    I have to agree with you on this one. Happening to western dressed women…

    May. 8, 2011 – Mobs set two churches on fire in western Cairo on Sunday as clashes broke out between Muslims and Christians, killing up to 12 people and injuring more than 200. (May 8)

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