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Heba Afify

Reporting Egypt: From Passion to Purpose

[Photo courtesy of Ahmad Hammoud via Flickr.]

Throughout the last year, my main challenge as a journalist has been to get myself to take the news seriously. But at times, when the absurdities became too tragic to laugh at, the bigger challenge was to deal with injustice on a daily basis, especially as it kept hitting increasingly close to home. As journalists, we have been constantly alternating throughout the last year between being at the heart of laughable charades and unspeakable tragedies, and it has taken its ...

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The Acquiescing Opposition

[Egyptian Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East 2008 held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Photo by World Economic Forum]

After former President Hosni Mubarak’s fall, non-Islamist political parties formed that self-identified as civil and democratic forces, and defined themselves largely in opposition against the interim military rulers and then President Mohamed Morsi's government. But today, after Morsi's ouster, these groups no longer find themselves in the comfort zone of the "opposition." United by a common adversary — the Muslim Brotherhood — groups like the Social Democratic ...

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Many Egyptians Skip the Polls, Out of Hopelessness or Protest

[An Egyptian polling station for the past presidential elections. Image originally posted to Flickr by Zeinab Mohamed.]

Saeed sits in front of his butcher shop in the Cairo district of Manial, a few feet away from a polling station where only a few citizens cast their vote in the runoff of the first post-Mubarak presidential election. Saeed says he has lost faith in both the political elite and the state. He won’t be voting. “Corruption is back. Neither of the candidates deserves my vote. We should save our effort for a second revolution,” he says, before taking a drag of his ...

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Heba Afify


Heba Afify writes for Mada Masr. She is a news reporter who traveled between working for local and international newspapers. She covers a variety of topics from high to street politics and finds interest in both hanging out on the frontlines of clashes and in deciphering the complexities of electoral laws. She has a degree in journalism, but for her, practice is the true school of life.