Cairo Septmber 9, 2012
They were brought together by hope mixed with pain. The pain was mixed with loss, which framed some of their stories. Although they lost the spirit to achieve it but they did not lose hope. It is still rising, motivated by the determination of people who refuse to forget their fellows. The souls of these fellows elevated through martyrdom but their faces are still among us, in the streets and the squares that repeated the echoes of their chants and saturated by their blood. Then the streets and the squares received their bodies.
Among these living faces, despite the loss, which are full of hope, despite the pain, the pen of “Radwan Adm” turns into a brush of an artist who draws pictures. These pictures intermingled and interconnected in a paint that depicts the revolution, which is an infant resisting the attempts of infanticide.
Adam takes us in a very special tour, inspecting the streets and faces. He takes us in the tour while he views the spirit of the revolution; in the eyes of the exhausted watercress saleswoman, while its echoing in the chest of Mina Daniel with the smokes of his cigarettes, while its singing by the voice of Anas Hasan in terraces, while its ascending to the sky with the prayers of Emad Eft, while its taking a nap in order to get some minutes of rest in the arms of the mother of the square, while its liberating despite the bars of the jail in the heart of Sambu, while its getting back younger in the steps of the seventh fighter Shahenda Maklad, while its granting Fathiya El-Assal a dream accompanied her after being a long for long time, while its relieving the back pain of our Father Willian Sidahm, while its inspiring the lines and colors of “Ganzeer”, while its writing with “Samir Abdul-Baqi” the child in the seventy lines from the hope he spreads among the boys and the girls of the square and while its applying a new soul in the knowledge of Ahmed Abu-Zaid, the art of Taha El-Qarney and the gifts of Abnoudi and George Bahgori.
“Faces from the Revolution” is the name of the book that the Arab Network for Human Rights Information dedicates it today to the people of the revolution, whether they were youth or old. The book is a mirror, in which they could see their own faces, they could also identify the pains they shared in the square at the first time, the hopes which motivated them to withstand against bullets and the loss that made some fellows leave by their bodies but it deeply craved their memory in the hearts.
“Faces from the Revolution” is a picture more than a book. It does not aim to recall the people who cannot be forgotten, but it is an attempt to view the spirit of the revolution at a time, when we all need to know its truth. Sometimes we cannot view due to the excessive involvement whether daily or precarious.
“Faces from the Revolution” is a tribute to the spirit of the revolution. It reflects on faces, you could come across but without identifying it or in which you could see the different appearances so the common between us would not appear.
ANHRI hopes that everyone could see his face out of these pages and looks forward beyond the pain behind the eye to the permanent hope in the future. A future in which the content smile could be restored to the lips of the martyrs when it returns to the lips of who wish to be among them or a content smile that embodies what they have chanted for; bread, freedom and social justice.