Sexual harassment in Egypt is sadly a known and well documented phenomenon. Recently the reports have increased from colleagues and others of a deliberate targeting of anyone who could be labelled a foreign spy. Let’s not forget though, that this mob mentality has been a known thing during eid al-fitr and after football games for example. And let’s not forget all the men and women in Egypt who disapprove of this as well. The most sad part is the comments refusing to believe, or blaming the victim. Recommended viewing: the movie Cairo 678.

I have been forced to leave Cairo prematurely following a horrific sexual and physical attack in Tahrir Square.

The atmosphere was one of jubilation, excitement, and happiness as I walked, accompanied by two male companions for safety along Kasr El Nil bridge. I had had an awful day, caused by problems in personal relationships, so I was so happy to be in such a wonderful environment, getting such amazing footage. Women, children and fathers smiled, waved, and cheered happily at the camera, calling out the widely used phrase “welcome to Egypt! Welcome!”. Fireworks lit up the sky. It was a moving and captivating experience.

Just as I realised I had reached the end of the bridge, I noticed the crowd became thicker, and decided immediately to turn around to avoid Tahrir Square. My friends and I tried to leave. I tried to put my camera back in my rucksack.

But…

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