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Wafaa El Saddik and Rüdiger Heimlich

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789774168253

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774168253.001.0001

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Wind in the Reeds

Wind in the Reeds

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Protecting Pharaoh's Treasures

Wafaa EL Sadik

Rüdiger Heimlich

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter focuses on the author's childhood in 1956. On July 26, 1956, Gamal Abdel Nasser declared that he was nationalizing the Suez Canal and would use the income from the canal's operations to finance the construction of the new dam at Aswan. The broadcast of the speech was the signal for the takeover of the canal office by an Egyptian military commando unit. This episode has gone into the history books as the Suez Crisis, a highly euphemistic term, for the “crisis” was a proper war, with many dead, wounded, prisoners of war, and massive destruction. The author also describes her experiences adapting to a new environment as they move from Kafr al-Arab and Fariskur to Cairo, Egypt's capital and the cultural and political center of the Arab world at the time.

Keywords:   Gamal Abdel Nasser, Suez Canal, Egyptian military, Suez Crisis, Kafr al-Arab, Fariskur, Cairo, Arab world

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