About Me

I am an Egyptian mother of two children, in the midst of both inspiring and scary times in Cairo, Egypt.  I teach Language Arts to amazing High School students, and I’ve assigned them to keep a journal/scrapbook of the revolution taking place in our country.

I’ve written a diary entry – a letter to my 7 year-old son – and I’ve posted it on my facebook page.  I received feedback from my students as well as my foreign friends abroad.  My friends told me that the letter served to give them a more personal side to what is seen in the news; something raw and relatable.

That is why I decided to post it publicly here.  It gives you a slice of life.  What happened with my family is happening to many other families, too.    Some have not been so fortunate to have a loved one return.  They will not be forgotten.

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Published on February 7, 2011 at 9:29 am  Comments (6)  

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  1. dear rania, i came across your letter through our common fb friend christine najarian, we went to school together in salzburg. your two letters to your son are such beautiful pieces of writing, please write more! thank you so much for sharing your feelings and thoughts, theresa

    • I’m so happy you were able to take a peek at our slice of life here in Egypt. Thank you for your support!

  2. Dear Rania

    I am very impressed with your beautifully written article , I know your Mum and Dad well, I am Wafa Nashashibis cousin .

    So via Fadia I was lucky to spot that article which is beautifully written.

    Wishing you all the best with the Future of Egypt, I care as I am also married to an Egyptian and I have been following everything that has been happening.
    your description is amazingly moving . the article is no doubt written by An Artist. Bravo

    • Thank you so much – you made me feel really special. I’m trying to document how things are like so that Seif can have a piece of “history” to refer to and pass on. It’s also my way to vent my emotions 🙂

      I will continually add more letters as events progress; I just hope that all future letters will be about happy moments!

      Thanks again! (and please give Auntie Wafaa a huge hug and kiss for me!)
      Rania

  3. Dear Rania,

    Your letters are amazing – I am somewhat speechless. I have started a website called The Re|view that aims to showcase views that normally don’t get heard in the mainstream media (I am based in London) – and your perspective is one that just isn’t seen enough in the statistics and political analysis of the papers. I would love to collaborate with you in some way if you are interested. If you would like to get in touch my email is editor@the-re-view.org.
    I hope I hear from you but either way, I do hope you and your family stay safe and well, and that Egypt comes through this turmoil soon.

    Kind regards,
    Cecilia

    • Hello Cecilia,

      Thank you for taking the time to read my diary entries. They were originally written for my son, and when I posted an entry on Facebook, I found immediate response from my friends abroad. They asked me to continue sharing the entries as it gave them a more humanistic take on the cold, hard news they read/watch. Hence, the blog 🙂

      I am very interested to reach a wider audience to get our stories of Egypt across. I will email you later tonight and look forward to collaborate.

      All the best & thank you for your concern about Egypt and my family.


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