Jordan Schreiber Talks About Witnessing the Egyptian Protests
We will just quote at length from this News10 Sacramento article about Jordan and her experiences:
STOCKTON, CA – Jordan Schreiber is back on the Stockton campus of the University of the Pacific, but just a little more than a week ago she was studying at the American University in Cairo. She had no idea when she first got there that she would be an eyewitness to history.
“I went to the original Tahrir protests because my apartment was about a block away,” Schreiber said. “It was amazing … how something that could start so small and seem significant but not to the point of being influential just in a matter of weeks grow into something that overthrew a government!”
She got the news of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak impending resignation very early Friday morning.
“I actually got a call around 4 a.m. from my Egyptian friends. A couple of them were in Tahrir, Liberation Square, and then a couple of them were outside of the Presidential Palace and they just called me and said something’s going to happen in the next few hours,” Schreiber said.
Then it was official: Mubarak was stepping down after 30 years and relinguishing contro to the Egyptian military.
“I can’t even imagine how amazing it is for people who have been living under this regime for 30 years,” Schreiber said.
Although she attended the protests, Schreiber did not want to appear to be one of the protestors.
“That was one thing I was careful not to do, not join the protest and make signs because I can’t pretend to understand the Egyptian people and the problems they’re going through,” said said.
However, she and her friends had no such qualms about helping those who were injured. She said, “We got first aid kits and bandaged up peoples’ heads that had gotten hit with rocks and we passed out onion and vinegar. That helps dilute the tear gas in the sinuses.”
When the call came to evacuate, Schreiber didn’t want to leave.
“My roommates and I were relatively determined not to leave unless the semester were canceled … We were just so mesmerized by the whole thing, we just didn’t want to leave,” she said.
But they finally got word from the U.S. Embassy that the semester had been canceled and they would have to go.
“That actually turned out to be the night before there were clashes between pro-Mubarak and anti-government protestors in Tahrir when things got pretty violent and a few people were killed by gunfire,” said Schreiber. “And so it was probably a good time to leave but it broke my heart to say good-bye to Egypt.”
She is optimistic about Egypt’s future.
“My hope would be they can create a government of the people and have fair democratic elections. I think that’s going to require a lot of support from the international community. I have been e-mailing my congressmen and women as often as I can!” she said.
Schreiber also authored a blog during her stay where she posted photos and videos of what would turn out be history-changing events.
by Jonathan Mumm, firstname.lastname@example.org.