Kafka in Cairo

Source: Chatham House
Author(s): Helen Fitzwilliam

Original Link: https://www.chathamhouse.org/publications/twt/kafka-cairo

When the regime of Hosni Mubarak fell during the 2011 revolution, many diaspora Egyptians returned home, bringing with them the latest ideas in science, technology and medicine to build the nascent democracy. But when that modern state failed to materialize, they ran for the exit, returning to America, Canada or the Gulf states.

‘The middle class is disappearing,’ says the award-winning novelist Basma Abdel Aziz, who is also a working psychiatrist. ‘The people who could really change the country are no longer staying. Egypt is exhausted – economically, politically and socially. We’re losing our creative thinkers in every field.’…

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