Tamarud activists protesting with a defaced poster of Morsi.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Esraa Abdel Fattah slides her heavy frame between the tables crowded around
Cairo’s Tahrir Square, where Egyptians gather for a communal meal to break their
fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Women momentarily forget their
trays of overly buttered rice and greasy chicken to rise and salute the
35-year-old activist. “You are my hero!” yells a young female student, smacking
her head into Abdel Fattah’s thick chest.The meal was scheduled to be a
celebration of the successful campaign that toppled president Mohamed Morsi. But
Abdel Fattah is the star attraction. Her determination and vision helped
outmaneuver the Muslim Brotherhood, a movement known for its street-mobilization
prowess. But for all her joy and passion, Abdel Fattah shyly shrugs off the
praise all were eager to confer. “It is the Egyptian people who are the real
heroes,” she says.
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