For the past couple days, Egypt, the Arab world's heartbeat revolted against an entrenched kleptocratic dictatorial regime that had suppressed all sorts of dissent for over half a century. Masses of young men, women and children erupted and took to the streets to demand justice, freedom and dignity. The government and its infamously efficient apparatus of secret service failed to silence an energized citizenry, fed up with the hopelessness that has defined their lives. Friends, what we witnessed unfold in front of us for the past couple days, is a revolution live on TV. This represent the end of the status quo in much of the Arab and Islamic world. Despots can no longer rule with terror and violence. They can no longer continue to treat their citizens like slaves while they indulge themselves in the filthiest of western decadence.
The complaints that are pushing all these people to the streets is no different from our grievances here in Garissa. Unemployment, hopelessness and police brutality are rampant in our own streets. Here is what I wrote about the Jasmine revolution in Tunia a fortnight ago and what lessons it represented for Garissa. It's still very relevant today and events in Egypt just raise its profile all the more.
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Please don't forget to say a prayer for our Muslim brothers as they seek greater freedoms. Free Egypt! Free Gaza!
Have a revolutionary Sunday!