Feburary 12, 2011
People of Egypt Deserve a Nobel Peace Prize
Today was the start of the new era. Everyone turned out to clean up the Square. By the time my cousin, her daughter and our grandchildren arrived with garbage bags and candy, almost every scrap of rubbish had been picked up.
Young people proudly polished the lions statues at the entrance to Kasr il Nil Bridge. Others washed off the “Mubarak must leave” graffiti from the walls under them. They brought tears to my eyes.
The message is: We will clean up Egypt! From the inside to the out!"
For the first time I can remember, people are proud to be Egyptian. There's a look in their eye, a confidence in their carriage which is completely new.
We look forward to a civilian interim governing committee, a temporary constitution, a referendum, a new parliament and then a president. And, think of it, we can!
Which reminds me—thank you President Obama for your great speech in support of what we did in Egypt.
Now, I think we should get busy and nominate this country a Nobel Peace Prize.
Amal Sedky Winter, PhD