Several families and love ones are counting their losses following the revolt that swept through northern African country of Egypt recently. It led to the resignation of the antagonist president Hosni Mubarak [the main objective of the uprising]. One of those unsung heroes is Ahmed Bassiouny who died on January 28.
Bassiouny was a sound, visual artist and musician, teacher assistant at the Faculty of Art Education, Painting and Drawing Department, Helwan University.
As a true believer in the Egyptian uprising, the father of two bought a mask to protect himself and hit the street with his camera on January 27 to chronicle the event at the Tahrir Square. He was full of smiles but little did he know he would return with a frown and groans. That very afternoon at about 12:09pm he wrote on his facebook status: “The national security forces have beaten me severely in (es3af) area today. this will not stop me from going down again tomorrow to protest, they wanted it to turn in to war, we wanted to keep it peaceful, trying to win back any of our dignity. I’m still holding strong to expressing myself politely.”
Indeed, Bassiouny returned to the street the next day but that happened to be his last performance on the mortal stage. He disappeared. Five days later the inept motionless remains of the 32-year-old father was found at a remote hospital, choked with gas and with rubber bullet wounds with fractures all over.
“He lost his life because of his ideas.