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Mohana, 23, an assistant medic at makeshift hospitals during the uprisings, was captured on Mohamed Mahmoud street in downtown Cairo, mid Dec, 2011. He was accused of protesting the government. Mohana was blindfolded and taken to Tora prison where he was detained for 22 days. Mohana was stripped down, forced to endure electric shocks, scalded with hot water and was badly beaten by the National Security. There is a chance he can serve up to 10 years in prison. Feb. 16, 2012
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Fatin, 36, abducted in Tahrir Square, Sept. 2011, as she was selling tea. Fatin was charged with being homeless. She was taken to Asrel Nil police station where she was detained for 14 days. At the time she was detained, Fatin was 6 months pregnant. Mar. 8, 2012
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The bedroom of 21 year old Moneer, a protester who was abducted in Nasr City, Apr. 9, 2011, accused of criticizing the government. He is detained inside a military prison. Moneer has endured many acts of torture, while living in an inhumane environment. Mar. 27, 2012
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Ateyat, 42, mother of Moneer, a protester who was abducted in Nasr City, Apr. 9, 2011, accused of criticizing the government. Mar. 27, 2012
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The bedroom of Hoda Amin, who is the mother of Ahmen Abdlrasoul, 26, who was recently released from Tora prison in Maadi, Cairo, accused of criticizing the government. Shown here is an Egyptian politician talking about military tactics on television. Agouza, Cairo, March 10, 2012
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Mohamed, 24, a sound engineer from Cairo, was arrested on Mohamed Mahmoud street in May 2011, for protesting the government. Mohamed was detained for 45 days in Tora prison in Maadi, Cairo. Mohamed endured many acts of torture, and was treated inhumanely. He is not sure what the outcome will be. Feb. 24, 2012
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Images and posters of the early days of the revolution remain near the center of Tahrir Square. March 9, 2012
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Ahmed Gaber Mahmoud, 20, from Bany Sweif, Egypt, was detained for 11 months in C-28 prison. He was released late December 2011. Ahmed was accused of throwing molotov cocktails during the first uprisings in January 2011. He was there to search for his brother, within hours he was picked up and arrested. His mother checked everywhere, she eventually discovered his name on a long list of prisoners in a police station. Ahmed Gaber Mahmoud, endured many acts of torture, while living in a inhumane environment. Bany Sweif, Egypt. March 24, 2012
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Shireen, 25, an accountant from Cairo, was abducted in Tahrir Square by SCAF, accused of taking part in the burning of the Balloon Theatre in Agouza, Cairo, Dec. 2011. She was detained inside a women's military prison for almost 2 months. Shireen encountered a series of sexual assaults and beatings. Mar. 7, 2012
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A deserted makeshift hospital outside of the Mogamma building where protesters lived had been bombarded by SCAF in the late hours of the night. Many individuals there were arrested and detained. Cairo, February 28, 2012
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Issa, 23, arrested in downtown Cairo, early Dec. 2011, accused of criticizing the government. He was blindfolded and taken to Tora prison in Maadi, Cairo for 28 days. Issa encountered a series of beating by the National Security and was forced to live in an overcrowded jail cell. Feb. 5, 2012
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Hamde Said, 22, was captured in the streets of downtown Cairo by SCAF mid December 2011, accused of criticizing the government. He was taken to C-28 military prison where he served 31 days. Hamde, was stripped down, endured electric shocks, scalded with hot water and was badly beaten by the National Security. There is a chance he can serve up to 8 years in prison. February 12, 2012
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Fayza, holds a picture of her youngest daughter, Nashwa, at the age of 12, home in Zakazik, Egypt. Nashwa, now 20, was abducted walking near Tahrir Square, July 2011, by a military officer who forced her to go with him where she was held against her will for two days. Nashwa was able to escape and return home, within an hour, the military bombarded the home and she was taken to a military prison. There is chance she can serve up to 10 years in prison. Egypt. Mar. 18, 2012
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Roqaia, 21, was abducted by SCAF off of Mohamed Mahmoud street early Dec. 2011, accused of taking part in protests. She was detained inside a military prison for 9 days. During her sentence Roqaia encountered a series of sexual assaults. Feb. 14, 2012
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Nadia and Ahmed, parents of Ayman, 30, who was accused of burning the Science building near Tahrir Square, Dec. 2011. Ayman was abducted while asleep in his bed at home in Dewaza, Gamaleya, Dec. 23, 2011 and is detained inside Tora prison. Apr. 4, 2012
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Fayza Ali, awaits news regarding her youngest daughter Nashwa Rafeek, 20. Nashwa was abducted walking near Tahrir Square July 2011, by a military officer who forced her to go with him where she was held against her will for two days. Nashwa escaped back home, within hours military bombarded the home and had taken Nashwa to Anater El Khyreya, a prison for women. Their is chance she can serve up to 10 years in prison. Zakazik, Egypt. March 18, 2012
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Ahmed, 22, an assistant medic at makeshift hospitals was arrested in the streets of downtown Cairo, Dec. 2011, accused of taking part in protests, where in fact, he was assisting the injured. Ahmed was blindfolded and taken to a military prison where he served 17 days. Ahmed was stripped down, endured electric shocks, and was badly beaten by the National Security. Feb. 13, 2012
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Dr. R, 28, a head doctor at makeshift hospitals during the uprisings. He was arrested by SCAF on Mohamed Mahmoud street early Dec. 2011, accused of interfering with government issues. He was blindfolded and taken to a military prison where he was detained for 26 days. Dr. R was stripped down, made to endure electric shocks and was badly beaten by the National Security. Cairo, Feb. 5, 2012.
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Karim, 22, from Sayeda Zainab, was arrested near Mohamed Mahmoud street mid Dec. 2011. He was accused of criticizing the government and was detained inside a military prison for 18 days. Karim endured many acts of torture, and was treated inhumanely. There is a chance he can serve up to 8 years in prison. Feb. 27, 2012.
"Political Prisoners of a Revolution" is an ongoing project that explores the lives of Egyptians who had experienced extensive prison sentences for political views. Some victims have remained in detention for up to a year, along with serious violations of their human rights, acts of torture, as well as sustaining inhumane conditions. Since January 28, 2011, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) have detained thousands of civilians without any access to lawyers and an opportunity to review the evidence against them.
After decades of living under oppressive dictatorships and economic stagnation, angry nations across the Middle East and North Africa started revolutions seeking change and democracy. Hosni Mubarak who lead one of the most durable regimes was forced to step down after 30 years of authoritarian rule as a result of the mass demonstrations that took place in the great cities of Egypt. Many people accused of supporting these political uprisings are suffering unjust consequences. Since assuming power the SCAF has failed to discuss several serious human rights problems in the country and in many cases has exacerbated them. It also appears clear that a lot of these people were very young in age, not extreme protesters, happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time or were abducted at the hands of the Egyptian military. According to human rights groups, it is not clear how many people are behind bars in Egypt for political activities. SCAF is using military trials as a means to restrain dissent and create a climate of fear in Egypt. The aim of this work is to spark a profound engagement that gives viewers a more nuanced understanding of the military trials that have taking place among young men, woman and children in Egypt, and for those who are still serving a sentences.
In January 2012, I embarked on a personal project to shed light on this very sensitive topic and for the second time since the Egyptian uprisings began, I soon found myself in the heart of "Liberation" Square, downtown Cairo. With the connections I had made with many young people during the revolution and keeping in contact, I began to hear about the military trials that were unfolding in Egypt, and felt a need to pursue this story. On February 5, 2012, I met with Dr. R, a 28-year-old doctor who devotes himself to injured protesters during the sudden uprisings. Dr. R himself was a victim of military abuse where he was detained for 26 days and endured many acts of torture by the National Security. He was accused of interfering with government issues. Dr. R was simply helping the wounded and was seen as a threat by SCAF. He offered tremendous insight to some of the human rights abuses taken place. Approximately one month into working, I connected with an Egyptian activist group. They were instrumental in allowing me to gain access and information needed to locate people who suffered at the hands of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces.
The project aims to address issues such as social psychological scars, post-conflict experiences, feelings of abandonment, the transition back to normalcy and how individuals and families are coping with the hardships and the struggles for their rights in the ongoing aftereffects of the Egyptian Revolution.