For those of you who cannot email or reach your family and friends due to the connectivity blackout in Egypt, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or any of us on the MEA DPE HQ team directly. All are welcome to share thoughts and best wishes in the comments of this post and we will make sure they are received. Alternately, please use the hashtag #MSEgypt on twitter to convey your messages.
On behalf our our Egyptian colleagues, thank you all who have forwarded your good thoughts, and I have passed them along via cell phone to those in Egypt.
News reports can often be dramatic, and with no editorial, here is a small snapshot of the shining hope and optimism from the voices of our team in Microsoft Egypt and from our partners:
“After days of terror, this is an unbelievable feeling – we are witnessing our freedom. Normally I am good with words, but today I am speechless.”
“Fortunately, 30 of us our able to gather in my home. The police are nowhere to be seen. Everyone has to fight for his family for his building and his street. Today I went the streets. They are burning. Egypt is burning. The museums are burning. However, in light of this, we are all united as one country. We are not going to leave our country, if we are going to die we will die here. I don’t want to leave my memories.”
“It is our liberation – out of years of dictatorship. There is a future for Egypt.”
“I had lost hope but now I am proud of being an Egyptian”
“I don’t want Egyptians to suffer. If Egyptians suffer it’s a problem for the region”
“I care about the country. Not about myself. I care about my children. Not about myself. I care for my neighbors, my people. I care not of myself. “
“The unity is unbelievable – between all the different factions. We are here to protect Egypt and our liberty”