12-year-old explains Egyptian crisis in under 3 minutes

Ali Ahmed's analysis on YouTube has gone viral.

By BRITTANY RITELL
July 9, 2013 05:54
1 minute read.
12-year-old Egyptian Ali Ahmed

12-year-old Egyptian Ali Ahmed 370. (photo credit: YouTube)

A video of a 12-year-old Egyptian boy named Ali Ahmed eloquently and passionately criticizing the last year of president Mohamed Morsi’s rule has become a YouTube sensation since going viral on Saturday.

Ahmed, demonstrating a grasp of the socioeconomic and political issues well beyond the level of an average 12-year-old, was interviewed by the El Wadi news organization while attending a demonstration last October organized in his words, to “help prevent Egypt from being a commodity owned by one person and to protest the confiscation of the constitution by a single party.”

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The video is likely generating attention now because of the recent removal of Morsi from power.

In the three-minute video, Ahmed condemns the influence of religion in government, wealth disparity and lack of women’s rights. In regards to the new constitution Ahmed says, “What is built in falsehood is false itself. Even if the constitution is nice, if the assembly that drafted it is bad, we will end up with something bad.”



The young boy’s eloquent description of the social and political issues in Egypt led many to question whether Ahmed was repeating views he had been fed by his parents. To this Ahmed responds: “I listen to people a lot and I use my own brain. Plus I read newspapers, watch TV and search the Internet.”


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