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Life in Egypt: Despite violence, I wouldn't be anywhere else

Smoke rises over Ramses Square as Morsi supporters demonstrate. Photo: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Rasha Abdel Wahab, 32, was born in Denmark and moved to Egypt in the summer of 2008. Despite an 18-month stay back in Scandinavia, Rasha moved back to Egypt in December 2012, where she has been ever since.

The opinions in this blog do not necessarily reflect those of Egyptians or ITV News.

I have witnessed both revolutions that have taken place in Egypt within the past two and a half years and the difference is that during the first revolution, nobody in Egypt believed that it was possible to overthrow Hosni Mubarak and his regime.

People in Egypt had learned to live with corruption and inequality; the Mubarak regime succeeded in occupying peoples thoughts in three different ways:

  • 1) How to get food on the table everyday.
  • 2) How to make their children succeed at school and get into the right universities (this meant a lot of homework and private lessons to pass the unreasonable curriculum).
  • 3) How to get treated if you fell ill.

I am now witnessing a new Egypt, a nation who will not accept being led by someone ruling with an iron fist.

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood protesting in Cairo. Credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Some 22 million Egyptians signed the rebel petition calling for Mohamed Morsi to step down - including myself.

From late June until Morsi was overthrown on July 3, we were all in the streets because we will simply not accept anyone to rule this country without giving us our basic needs.

The Muslim Brotherhood (although I don’t want to call them Muslims, because I know my religion and they are definitely not representative) have repeatedly threatened the Egyptians that if their candidate didn’t win the 2011 elections they would burn down Egypt.

After we managed to get Morsi overthrown, thanks to assistance from the military, the Brotherhood again threatened to burn down the country.

In the last couple of days, they have managed to turn their threats into actions.

Although the situation in Egypt is not the best, I would not exchange being here with any other place on the planet.

Regarding the state of emergency and curfew that the security forces declared three days ago, I have only one comment to that: It was about time.

Supporters of Morsi run away from the tear gas. Credit: Reuters

I don’t know if anyone abroad can imagine waking up every day and going to work not knowing if you will get kidnapped and tortured by ‘peaceful' protesters.

My office is right behind where the protesters had their sit-in. Most of the days during their sit-in, I worked from home because I didn't feel safe to move around.

Now, with the state of emergency and curfew, I feel much more relaxed and safe, because I know that the police and security forces are fighting these terrorists.

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