Josh Wood

A journalist's observations on Lebanon and elsewhere

On the Streets in Cairo

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A young vigilante tucks a machete into his belt in the Cairo neighborhood of Dokki on February 1. Photo by Sam Tarling.

I arrived in Egypt on Tuesday morning with photographer Sam Tarling to cover the ongoing crisis.  So far things are crazy here and Cairo is a very different than the city it was a short while ago.

One of the most profound visible changes are the neighborhood vigilantes who in the absence of police forces, have taken to protecting the streets with whatever weapons they can muster.  They check IDs of those entering their neighborhoods and search cars for weapons.  While initially shocking to see young men hanging around street corners casually holding everything from machetes to hunting rifles, the vigilantes have been able to keep looters and other troublemakers out of many Cairo neighborhoods.

Last night Sam and I spent the evening hanging out with some of them.  The story for International Herald Tribune below or available in Thursday’s print edition.

Internet – which had been blocked by the government for much of the crisis – is back online for now.  I’ll try to provide updates as much as possible.  For more timely updates, please follow me on twitter.


Written by woodenbeirut

February 3, 2011 at 12:48 am

Posted in Egypt

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  1. would be curious to hear more about the american family that opted to stay rather than leave.


    February 4, 2011 at 4:57 pm

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