Cairo’s Tahrir Square was not just a place to change the world; it was also a place to fall in love.’It is at times like these that true love is born,’ Hosam ElSyad, 23, told Solafa Magdy, 24, during the siege of Tahrir. Their engagement on Oct. 10 was marred by the death of a good friend during clashes with the Egyptian army.
When Eman Mohammed first met her fiancé Mohammad Abbas on January 25, the first day of the revolution, both of them belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood. “He was ordering the women to go home because it was too dangerous. I told him, ‘Who are you to tell us to go home? Tahrir belongs to us just as much as to the men.’ Now Mohammad is pushing Eman to pursue a career as a TV news anchor.
Nada Wassef and Hussam Haddad will not easily forget their first real date. Nada: “We met at Tahrir Square just when the people started marching towards the Israeli embassy. We followed, and when the shooting started, we were trapped. We spent the whole night at the embassy, then went for breakfast at McDonald’s near Tahrir.” Hussam: “It was a 12-hour long date. I was impressed by how fearless she was.” Through the lives of three couples that were formed during the Egyptian uprising of 2011, we paint a picture of the 18 days that changed Egypt forever, the disillusionment that
followed, and their hopes for the future. ‘We may not see real change in our lives, but we are doing this for our future children.’