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News and Reviews Rev. Diane Dulin

There is something both awesome and frightening about images coming out of Cairo, Egypt this week.  Thousands of citizens gather daily to demand a change of leadership, creating an inherently explosive situation.  Each day brings word of new participation.  Today the headline says two million have gathered to speak out.  Everyone seems to agree:  the goal is to end President Mubarak's thirty-year rule.

The images I have seen contain mostly male protesters.  It's not surprising in a culture where men do most of the talking and women mostly stay home.  Yet, upon further investigation, more women are involved than might first appear.   

Look this up on You Tube:  "The Bravest Girl in Egypt," posted by iyadelbaghdadi.   She is veiled in pink and blue.  She is full of fury.  She shouts her solo phrases of protest (English translation provided) and they are repeated by male voices.  It is a set of demands, accusations, taunts and (to my ears) even poetry.   She can't stand still.  Her voice is strong and musical.

Her courage humbles me.   Her passion and commitment demand my respect.  May her movement bring peaceful change to her people.  My prayers are with the people of Egypt.

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