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by Sharmin Ahmad (Reepi)
The dedication to true democracy was immense. In the melee of people walking about in all directions were men and women who had painted their faces with the Egyptian flag. Some youths, who were most probably Christians, were singing while wandering around with the name of Jesus Christ (peace be upon him) painted in English on their cheeks. Those who had embraced martyrdom during the revolution included Christians, Muslims, men, women and even children. Above all, irrespective of their age, religion, color, creed and sex, they were all Egyptians. It was a revolution of the Egyptian nation.
Sharmin Ahmad grew up in a family of freedom fighters. Her father, Tajuddin Ahmad, the first Prime Minister of Bangladesh, organized and led the war of liberation for Bangladesh to victory in 1971. Her mother, Syeda Zohra Tajuddin, a senior member of the largest political party “Bangladesh Awami League”, revived her party in the late seventies to resist military rule, unchecked political power and uphold justice. It’s no wonder for her to participate in the Egypt’s historic Victory Day at Tahrir Square last February 18, 2011. Her experience with such monumental moment in history is chronicled in Daughter of Bangladesh Liberation.
Ahmad candidly provides a firsthand account of the greatest mass revolution of the 21st century; the online social network Facebook had turned out to be an essential tool for the making of a successful peaceful revolution—an extraordinary event that has been the first of its kind in the history of the world. Daughter of Bangladesh Liberationincludes exquisitely taken photographs that she took during the entire week Egypt was liberated from a dictatorial government.
The world of history, politics, cultures and culinary details are woven with dexterity and creativity that makes this narrative a wholesome read.
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