Young Egyptian Activists Discouraged

Interviews with 40 young activists (15 were female) after the Sisi coup from October 2013 to February 2014 reported that they coped with the trauma of the failure of the revolution by withdrawing from politics and numbing their feelings. Many of them suffered violence at the hands of the regime, including tear gas, torture, and sexual harassment of both sexes. Many had friends and family who were also injured or killed or who opposed their politics. Despite their trauma, mental health services were lacking. One of the interviewees explained that things got worse since the revolution and SCAF’s take over, plus the cost of living increased: “so all these people died for nothing and all these people will die for nothing. And this gets me like no hope.” Another young man said, “I don’t think that this country has any hope, has any, any, any hope, unless young people are in power. After the revolution those people were very resistant to the idea of change.” This giving up despite the fact that many young people criticized their parent generation for being apathetic.

Vivienne Mathies-Boon, “The Political is Personal: Trauma in Post-Revolutionary Egypt,” Working Paper.

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