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We Ask Folks in Egypt: What Makes You Happy?

Photography: Hashem Kelesh

Last month, BarakaBits roamed around the streets of Saudi Arabia to uncover the small pleasures that make people happy. This week, we repeated the experiment throughout the streets of Egypt and one thing came clear: if Cairo was a woman, we would praise her ability to turn even disgrace into a smile; for no other city permeates its citizens with such a positive vibe.

 

We Asked Folks In Egypt: What Makes You Happy? “A lamp. It sounds crazy, but whenever I am down, I turn off all the lights and switch on this one white lamp that somehow has the power to lift me up,” says Youssef. We Asked Folks In Egypt: What Makes You Happy? “My boyfriend. He’s called Nour just like me, and he is an artist, too. I don’t know if it is a coincidence, but I like to think we are soul mates,” says the young painter. We Asked Folks In Egypt: What Makes You Happy? “No matter how much money I have, as long as I can fulfill my family’s needs I will be happy. The important things in life are not measured by money, but the little moments we can steal from this reality,” says Mohamed. We Asked Folks In Egypt: What Makes You Happy? Mohamed is 26, and works in a sushi restaurant: “Working makes me happy because I don’t work just to serve food: I try to make people happy and cheer them up if I see them down”. We Asked Folks In Egypt: What Makes You Happy? “Sports: we love to go running to get out of the negative energy,” Taya, Lisa, Julia and Sara agree. We Asked Folks In Egypt: What Makes You Happy? “I’m happy whenever I can hang out by the Nile,” says Mohamad Gamal, who goes there as soon as he leaves the kiosk, every day. We Asked Folks In Egypt: What Makes You Happy? Issa looks at his fiancé, Sima, and says: “In this crazy city, she is the only one who gives me the strength and happiness to continue every day.”

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Valentina Primo

Journalist, globetrotter, and determined idealist. Since Valentina left her home country of Argentina, she has searched for ways to build bridges between cultures and foster dialogue. Her previous work in international organizations in Italy and Germany fed her passion for the world of development, while her 8-year journalistic experience in Argentina and Egypt increased her curiosity for everything that challenges the stereotype. She holds a BA in Journalism and a Masters in Peace Studies with a specialization in Human Rights.

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