They don't belong to any particular group and have no political affiliations, but they are part of the 'new' youth of Egypt which is smart, wired and pushing for more civic responsibility. The last two weeks of anti-Mubarak protests, together with clashes with government security forces have turned Alexandria's streets into a real mess. As such, Mohammed Nofal created a Facebook page calling on young people to 'be positive' and 'step forward' in helping to clean up this beautiful city. He has organized the event, the first of which took place yesterday. The next 'clean up' will happen on February 28th.
Nofal posted an inspirational tribute to the greatness of Egypt in days gone by. He wants to restore that Egypt, all the while ridding it from the likes of Suleiman, ElBaradei, Amr Moussa and even the Muslim Brotherhood. For him, like many, this is the time for Egypt's youth. He is in his fourth year of study in physics at Alexandria University's Faculty of Science.
The clean up team so far has twenty-one members. They are proud to take the responsibility of ridding the streets of broken glass, stones, and trash in general. Though they've been told that Alexandria has its street cleaners, they have nevertheless taken it upon themselves to do the work.
Some wear gloves, others wear face masks; their tools are brooms and dust pans. Huge plastic bags and large plastic bins are used to haul away the day's harvest of garbage. All are enthusiastic. Below are the messages that were posted yesterday after the clean up: (the Arabic has not been translated)
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