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Egyptian revolution - A child's eye view from Cairo

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Teacher script to introduce film - Egypt's young activists

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Egypt is a country in the north east corner of Africa.

In January 2011, men, women and children in Egypt took to the streets to protest at the way their country was being run. People waved banners, sang songs and chanted that they wanted the President, Mr Mubarak, to leave.

He had been in power for almost 30 years and people were unhappy that there were lots of poor people in Egypt and that there weren't enough jobs for everyone.

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The demonstrations were started by a campaign on the internet and after that lots of people got together in towns and cities across the country to protest.

Young people played an important role in these events. Many of them helped to inspire and organise the protests and others went along to show their support.

Egypt's capital city is Cairo. During the demonstrations thousands of people got together in Tahrir Square, a big road junction in the city centre, and stayed there for more than two weeks until Mr Mubarak stepped down.

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Hazem is a 10 year old boy from Cairo. In this video Hazem returns to Tahrir Square shortly after Mubarak stepped down and explains what it was like during the protests.


Hazem returns to scene of the protests. Dur 1,25

This video was broadcast on Newsround. A six minute Schools World Service version is also available.

Discussion prompts

- Who was in power in Egypt at the start of 2011?

- Why were lots of Egyptians unhappy?

- What did they want to happen?

- What does Hazem say it was like in Tahrir Square?

- Have you seen or taken part in any protests in your home country? What were they protesting about?

- Do you think protesting is the right way to make your voice heard?

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