Egypt

Video of man beaten for looking 'gay' met with shrugs in Cairo


A young man is beaten by a gang of men who accuse him of being a homosexual because of his 'effeminate' looks. You may think that this type of scene, filmed in mid-June in Cairo by a passerby, would be enough to spark a public outcry. But in Egypt, the video barely caused a stir when it began spreading on social media networks. Read more...
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Egyptian activist 'killed three times by police'


Shaimaa al-Sabbagh was killed on Saturday, January 24, during the dispersal of an opposition protest in the centre of Cairo. After she was shot a protester tried desperately to save her while the police did everything they could to break up the demonstration and scatter the activists. Read more...
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Cairo’s rubbish collectors under threat


The Egyptian authorities are planning to set up a new initiative to get poor residents of the capital to sort their own rubbish in exchange for credit used to buy food. But this programme could have disastrous consequences for Cairo’s rubbish collectors, the "zabalines ", an informal network who have kept the streets of the capital clean for the past 50 years. Read more...
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The trials and tribulations of Spider-Man in Cairo

The endless traffic jams, the dusty and overcrowded streets, the polluted air… It’s not always easy to live in Cairo, Africa’s most populated city. So what if a superhero like Spider-Man moved to Egypt’s capital – how would he fare in this urban chaos? A young photographer from Cairo decided to imagine what would happen. Read more...

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Video appears to show Egyptian army torturing civilians in Sinai desert


A video has emerged of men in military dress torturing two civilians, one of whom is bloodied, in a village in Egypt’s Sinai desert. These images, which have circulated on social networks, are terrifying. And all signs point to the Egyptian army’s culpability. However in Egypt, neither the authorities nor the media seem preoccupied by the incident. Read more...
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Egyptian police use dating sites to hunt down gay people


Though homosexuality is not illegal in Egypt, police have been using social media and smartphone applications to hunt down and arrest gays and lesbians. Two gay Egyptians, who hide their sexuality and live in fear of being arrested, tell us their story. Read more...
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Smartphone film capturing daily sexual harassment in Cairo goes viral


What is it like for a woman to walk alone through the streets of Cairo ? A young Egyptian journalist used a hidden camera to capture the reaction of passers-by as she walked through the Egyptian capital. Read more... 
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Roller derby: helping Egyptian women stand up for themselves


Roller derby is a female-dominated sport where both the blades and the punches roll. Over the past three years, a group of Egyptian women have become aficionados and hardcore fans of the sport. But in a country where many women face harassment on a daily basis, roller derby is much more than just a game. Read more...
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Beaten for turning on the TV: Video shows abuse of Egypt's orphans


A video showing the director of a Cairo orphanage beating young children has provoked outrage in Egypt. Egyptian authorities responded by quickly arresting the director. But our Observer says that to put an end to this kind of abuse, there must be more serious consequences for those who perpetrate violence against children. Read more...
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