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Patrick Galey

The Mother of Tahrir Square

[Protestors gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square to call for the release of detained military officers. Image by Patrick Galey.]

Sipping juice in one of downtown Cairo's heirloom coffee houses, Khadiga Hennawi lights a cigarette with her hand bound in plaster, which is the only indication of what she has witnessed since the revolution. A steady stream of young adults approaches her table, alternatively encouraged or admonished by the lady they call “Mama” who flashes kind looks from her remaining good eye. She may only have three biological children—grown-up and working overseas with high-paid ...

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