About five years ago I travelled through Egypt downstream on the Nile. My first view of Cairo came after days of visiting the impressive traces and remains of ancient Egypt. I was struck by the incongruity of hundreds of new apartment blocks built as shells for occupants who might or might not have the means to get themselves connected to the power grid, and the implacable greatness of the great pyramids.
I hope against hope that the moderate, democratic and progressive forces seeking change in Egypt this week will prevail. I pray that the outcome will, on a broader front, enhance the likelihood of peace in the region and not destabilise it further.
The image above is a reproduction of one of a series of etchings I made following my travels, collected together in a book “Some Random Observations on a Journey through Paradox, Absurdity and Contradiction” (2006)