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10 Photos From Egypt That Will Make You Smile

Sometimes, it's good to forget about politics.

By Mohamed Khairat, Founder, EgyptianStreets.com
Egypt has been featured in the media lately as a  divided country plagued with violence and unrest. Every once in a while, however, we need to remember that the Egypt we do not see is one that is also filled with warmth and happiness.

First Day of School

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Credit: Reuters

While education is a guaranteed basic right in many countries abroad, in Egypt it remains to be a privilege. Instead of going to school, many children end up staying at home to support their families. It is thus no wonder that some are extremely excited on the first day back!

DOUBLE RAINBOW!

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Credit: Assem Emam

On March 13 2014, Cairo witnessed a rainbow, and everyone went crazy. Rainbows are rare, let alone rain, and so this day in particular was marked by a flurry of tweets and Facebook statuses exclaiming “DID YOU SEE THE RAINBOW?”

“It is simple to make Egyptians happy!”

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“Those four little girls all smiled and became happy when I pointed my camera towards them,” explained Mohamed El Kordy, the photographer behind this radiant photograph, “The photo is intended to spread happiness.” The photograph was taken during a charity project at a small village, showing happiness can exist in big cities and small towns alike!

SMILE, it’s a revolution!

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Graffiti has been one of the most powerful tools in Egypt since the January 25 revolution which has reverberated all around the world. As always, the Egyptian humor shines even in times of desperation.

Cuteness overload

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Credit: Amira Abdou

While the photograph alone is enough to make you feel warm and fuzzy, the story behind it is even better. Violence against stray animals in Egypt is widespread, yet one woman, Amira Abdou, found a way to tackle it.

Amira has been giving candy to children to encourage them to participate in feeding the homeless dogs. For Amira, this is an attempt to make the children recognize their compassion for the animals and will make them avoid treating them violently. What’s also great is that all the photographs she takes are sent to the animals to show how little acts of kindness can go a long way!

A camel wearing a hat and posing with the Pyramids

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Not much else needs to be said about this photograph. Camels need protection from the scorching sun too!

Music on the streets of Cairo

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While the exact context of this photograph has been debated, the story is that the violinist, during a photo-shoot, noticed a man sitting on the pavement in the middle of traffic. The violinist decided to give the man some company and play him some tunes to help him escape the incessantly loud car honks that Egyptians have become accustomed to.

“Muslims and Christians are one hand”

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Perhaps one of the most inspiring photographs from the January 25 2011 revolution was this one showing a Muslim Sheikh and a Christian Priest protesting side by side. Sectarian tension in Egypt has been high over the past two decades, and the dream of unity continues to resonate in the minds of many.

“Let’s go outside and play”

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If you have ever been to Egypt, you would know that the country is crazy about football (soccer). Egypt almost went to war with Algeria over World Cup qualifiers in 2010. The photo above was taken during the 2013 curfew in Egypt, showing that regardless of the situation, Egyptians will find a place and time to play football.

This is not the Hunger Games

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The recent Hunger Games film featured an almost identical image to the one above. Yet, it was in Egypt during the 2011 revolution, when the iconic image was first depicted. In the words of one activist, January 25 “was the best day in my 24 years. That day when we gathered, we had so much hope.”

BONUS: The Egyptian version of ‘HAPPY’

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26 Comments on 10 Photos From Egypt That Will Make You Smile

  1. have you seen the ‘happy’ video from dahab, where i live? it will really make you smile!!! also we have no tourists, since the revloution so many people have left and places closed etc, but we still love this place sooo much! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLRJKKHNueI

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  2. Egypt does not make us smile anymore. Where once it was almost safe to visit now one feels threatened and fearful. NOT by the so called terrorists, but by the government. Who knows what it will belike five years from now…smells a bit like saudi

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    • bystanding witness // March 27, 2014 at 7:46 am // Reply

      Your comment – “Where once it was almost safe to visit now one feels threatened and fearful. NOT by the so called terrorists, but by the government.” – smells so much of the “Brotherhood” sorry for me saying so. The only places where I (as a foreigner) don’t feel safe is where the bearded (un)holy men reign and wreck havoc. The ones shooting indiscriminately from the ring road sides at passing by cars where the MBs. The ones who demonstrated on Haram Street shooting indiscriminately at people on their balconeys watching where the the MBs. The ones hijacking Kirdassah and terrorising its people and killing and mutilating in the worst possible ways the dead bodies of 12 police men/officers where the MBs. The ones smashing cars passing by with the pic of Abdel-Fatah el Sissi are the MBs. The ones ransacking shops because they play “Tesslam al Ayadi” are the MBs.

      Do you really need more? As a foreigner I feel very safe in Cairo and I don’t live in a gated community. That the security forces are not treating the terrorists with velvet gloves is normal … as normal as it is for the US and Israel to go after real and ficticious terrorists and everyone applauds the US and Israel for their “heroic fight against evil”.

      But yes, if the US and EU talk about their beloved Muslim Brothers as a “minority worthy of our protection” … nothing should really come as a surprise anymore. It only makes me wonder why they don’t consider Al Qaida worthy of their protection either and keep these poor guys incarcerated in Guantanamo since over 10 years – without any due process; some of them have even been cleared of any wrongdoing and are still held there.

      Talk about hypocrisy and double standards …

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    • bystanding witness // March 27, 2014 at 7:49 am // Reply

      Oh – just a second thought: if you want to compare Egypt to Saudi … this was in the making under Morsi’s rule. It just goes to show that you obviously don’t know neither Egypt nor Saudi otherwise you wouldn’t make such an uninformed comment.

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  3. thank u for sharing these

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  4. Beautiful pics lovely memories of Egypt

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  6. Thanks a lot for these beautiful pics – this is Egypt. I’m one of the lucky “khawagaya” who is happy to live in this great country although we’re all going through difficult times. But even now I feel much safer here than in my (Western) country of origin.

    Having gotten to know the Egyptian people over all these years a little bit I’m convinced we’ll muster the energy to re-build the country. Egypt will stand again on its feet, stronger than before!

    May “Um el Dunya” and its people be blessed!

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  7. May ALLAH bless Egypt and make it safe.

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  8. hanan hossny // March 19, 2014 at 2:10 pm // Reply

    really there are fantastic picture

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  9. Thank you Mohamed for showing the real egyptians who keep Egypt united. Egyptians love warmth and love gatherings and having fun. They cherish family, haven’t you seen the fishermen in their felookas on the Nile with an entire family living on it. A lovely sight you must add to your future posts as well as drinking tea in Khan El Khalily.

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  10. how lovely to see other aspects of egyptian life. courage i am sure peace will come to egypt and the lovely egyptian people.

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  11. Nice post. I do have one comment if I may. Regarding the homeless dogs photo. I am starting to wonder where do these “homeless” dogs come from. They look like house dogs that were photographed. Look so much different than the average stray dog in Egyptian streets.

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    • Mr. alaa, some people who have a good breed of dogs, sometimes lose their pet and goes astray then has puppies in the streets. My heart gies out to those who have lost their precious pets.

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  12. Thank you Mohamed for your wonderful stories about our beloved Egypt. I worry about the future of Egypt, however, reading your stories and seeing the wonderful images, brings a smile to my face because it makes me realize that the Egyptian spirit is live and well. Nermine

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  13. Amazing work Mohamed, keep working and reveal the hidden happiness we miss from our beloved Egypt 🙂

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  14. Absolutely uplifting. How wonderful to see Egyptian children and grownups enjoying themselves despite everything happening in their country.

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  15. may peace arrive soon in egypt

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  16. Thank you Mohamed for sharing this uplifting and positive article about our beloved Egypt… yes.. the media has tarnished our country’s image over and over again and yet there are so many beautiful and unique aspects of our nation and people… I have been living in Montreal for 2 years now … but will be home again one day soon… you put a smile on my face.. will share on my FB wall…

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  17. Oops! Meant ‘very soon’ – 🙂

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  18. Fantastic – loved it. May peace arrive over soon.

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  19. I very much appreciated these photos and video…..they brought back the happy memories of the people and country that I had the privilege of knowing.

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