Mina Daniel

I couldn’t place Mina Daniel’s name when it was announced that the 25-year-old activist was killed by the Egyptian military along with more than two dozen others at a protest last month. But I did recognize his face when I read this Ahram Online piece on his death. His smiling face has been stuck in my head ever since.

Today, I found Mina’s picture in my archive and immediately remembered the circumstances in which we met. It was during the uprising in early February when police were attacking protesters near to the ministry of interior. I was in a makeshift hospital in a mosque near to Tahrir Square when Mina was carried in by his friends. If I remember correctly, he was injured from birdshot in his leg. The small wounds looked painful, especially as doctors went in to remove some of the pellets. But Mina, as you can see in the picture below, grabbed his friends hand for support and laughed surely knowing that the injury could not stop their revolution.

Mina Daniel, January 2011 (image: Matthew Cassel)

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