Mar 222011
 

Middle East

A New Arab Generation Finds Its Voice

Escalating violence has tempered the regional euphoria that followed the youth-led revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt. And yet, young people will continue to play an important role in the Arab Spring. This month, The New York Times interviewed more than two dozen of them, from Morocco to the West Bank, to find out how they consider their moment in history and their generation’s prospects for the future.

CREDITS

Videography by: Stephen Farrell, Reem Makhoul, David Botti, Brent McDonald, Duraid Adnan and Zaid Thaker

Produced by: Jeffery DelViscio, Lisa Iaboni, Tom Jackson, Leila Taha and Reem Makhoul

  • Escalating violence has tempered the regional euphoria that followed the youth-led revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt. And yet, young people will continue to play an important role in the Arab Spring. This month, The New York Times interviewed more than two dozen of them, from Morocco to the West Bank, to find out how they consider their moment in history and their generation’s prospects for the future.

  • Muammar Qaddafi destroyed the
    Libyan nation.–Muhammad al-Zawam, 25, student
    Benghazi, Libya

  • I think this is the time for the youth to take matters into their own hands.–Mousheera Abu Shmas, 25, human rights advocate
    Gaza

  • The term ‘democracy’ doesn’t exist in people’s memory.–Ghassan el-Hakim, 26, director
    Rabat, Morocco

  • Qaddafi is not going to go easily.–Sara Gebril, 21, student
    Benghazi, Libya

  • We have thick skin from the past
    30 years.–Omar el-Bassiouny, 25, engineering student
    Cairo

  • This freedom will be for everybody, not only for men.–Rinad Ayed, 23, procurement assistant
    Birzeit, West Bank

  • Qaddafi’s rule is just a matter of time.–Qutayba Hamid, 22, student
    Baghdad

  • I really dream of an Islamic but
    secular country.–Mariam Abu Adas, 30, youth worker
    Amman, Jordan

  • Our constitution is religion.–Ahmed al-Shawwa, 21, student
    Gaza

  • Democracy will reduce religious radicalism.–Ruba al-Bream, 29, public relations and event coordinator
    Amman, Jordan

  • I do not think that democracy helps
    solve problems.–Daoud Abu Libdeh, 23, student
    Jerusalem

  • Revolutions can’t be copied.–Roula Salman, 23, accountant and fund-raiser
    Bethlehem, West Bank

  • After 35 years of the last regime,
    what is democracy? –Baha’aaldin Majeed, head of youth organization
    Baghdad

  • Democracy is an indefinite word.–Maath Musleh, 25, freelance social media consultant and producer
    Jerusalem

  • That word — ‘hope.’
    Previous generations, our father’s generation, we didn’t have that.–Naseem Tarawnah, 27, Internet entrepreneur
    Amman, Jordan

  • Please, please don’t judge us like that.–Arwa Alasma, 23, law student
    Benghazi, Libya

  • We can’t just say there must be change. There must be a change in our minds.–Imane Zerouali, 28, actress
    Rabat, Morocco

  • People have to feel there are lots of
    work opportunities.–Hatam Eihab Seoudi, 26, social media marketer
    Cairo

  • Now there is political talk.–Sophia Chraïbi, 29, designer
    Rabat, Morocco

  • I still have a lot of fear that some groups will use this kind of uprising in a
    violent way.–Usama Nicola, 30, youth leader
    Bethlehem, West Bank

  • God knows where it might
    happen next.–Omar Younis, 25, communications engineer
    Nablus, West Bank

  • I saw people die, I saw fights, I saw problems, for you, so you can live in a better country.–Alia Khaled el-Shammaa, 22, engineering student
    Cairo

  • At least we will have the right to speak.–Jaballa Mustafa, 23, English teacher and accounting student
    Benghazi, Libya

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    CREDITS

    Videography by: Stephen Farrell, Reem Makhoul, David Botti, Brent McDonald, Duraid Adnan and Zaid Thaker

    Produced by: Jeffery DelViscio, Lisa Iaboni, Tom Jackson, Leila Taha and Reem Makhoul

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