We had to decide, does he submit and go into prison for five years, do we try to find some way to get him out of the country or do we go into hiding? So we went into hiding
With most Egyptians of all political persuasions holding that their government sold out the Palestinians with the 1979 peace treaty with Israel, Mubarak was suddenly powerless to muzzle pro-Palestinian demonstrations lest he be seen as an even greater lackey of the Americans
The protests continued over the next two days, until, on Jan. 28, I concluded that we truly did have a revolution on our hands. That morning, some friends and I traveled to the Imbaba neighborhood in northwest Cairo to join a group intending to march on Tahrir, only to be met by a wall of soldiers in riot gear.
Right after Sadat was murdered, his successor Hosni Mubarak ordered a sweep of people who were plotting against the government and owned weapons illegally. Ahmed was found, captured, tortured and forced into confession where he was found guilty.
Increasingly infuriated by the treatment of her brother and Egypt’s other political prisoners, Sanaa joined a human rights rally in Cairo. Within minutes, she was arrested on the same charge as her brother: violating the protest law
This led to Laila and the others being able to organize their plans publicly. They no longer had to ask permission and it enforced this idea of the people holding the power and being self-sufficient.
And my story goes on. These are just a few of the conflicts and events in my life that made me into who I am today.
Once the protests subsided and Mubarak stepped down, it led to a new change of an official who brought upon the Sisi regime. This flipped all the progress they had been making and turned the people more uneasy then they had been before, including Soueif’s daughter Sanaa.
The arrest of her daughter, son, and then her husband later that same time passing away took an immense toll on her and changed her life completely.
Laila Soueif faced many difficulties throughout her life, but they shaped her into an inspiring independent woman who stood up for what she believed, even if it put her in harms way.