Egyptian Schoolboys on an Outing

November 5, 2008
What will these boys be like when they grow up? Will they be like our middle-class tour guide, Hazim, or will they join a militant group? Their future is far from certain.

Impressions of Egypt Number 9

In keeping with the blog’s theme of “Enrich Your Life, Enrich Your Relationships,” this is one of several posts about a trip we took in December 2007, to Egypt. It definitely enriched my life and expanded my understanding of that country, and of the many challenges they face as they evolve into a different kind of country than the one I visited. — Note added in 2011 after the spring revolution

This entry could also be filed as one of my “visual viewpoints” you may have seen in earlier posts.


We saw a number of school children who’d come to Cairo’s Citadel to learn their history. These two boys wanted their picture taken and I was pleased to accommodate them. Charming. With all the conflict in the region, one wonders what they will be like when they grow up. Will they be like our middle-class tour guide, Hazim, or will they join the military to support the king, who is one of a few very rich families who control the wealth of the country.

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