I just want to take this moment to celebrate today. 25th of January. Exactly one year ago and on this same day began an uprising that eventually led to one of the most powerful, most searing, and (hopefully) most effective revolutions in the history of Egypt. The uprising began by a simple young man’s suggestion, but the rage and frustration bottled up in the Egyptians for prolonged 30 years of agony and injustice fed the idea with action and determination. The “naive youth” who “waste their times on the internet” have actually been the ones who kindled this revolution, eventually being followed by the rest of Egyptian protestants. It was “kids” who started the whole thing. But those weren’t mere kids. They were passionate young men and women who refused to succumb to the corruption any longer and were brave enough to stand in the government’s face and demand their rights. At first, it was a mere protest in which people hoped to have a few changes made in the governmental regime, but soon after, it became a revolution against the whole system.
I just want to express my pride in all of these youthful people because no one expected them to start anything, and no one even expected that they would continue and actually be successful. Egypt is currently facing some difficulties, but in my personal opinion, they aren’t more horrid than what it has experienced for thirty freakin’ years. Some people think that it was pointless; others believe that it wasn’t successful; but I disagree. I know that we can now hope for a brighter future because if we were able to reach this point, we can go farther. We canabolish all corruption left in Egypt and we can bring prosperity to the land of pharaohs. I believe in the youth. And I am deeply agonized at but still proud of each and every person who lost his or her life for the sake of the revolution’s success, for the sake of his or her country.
This might not have been important to any of you, guys, but it’s extremely important for me. Because I stand here, representing the joy and enthusiasm in my heart that wasn’t here exactly one year ago.