One of our students – Yasser Alaa – was injured today during
the protests in Alexandria, Egypt.
Yasser, 18, who has been taking photographs for Youth Journalism
International since summer, was part of a group talking and joking around with
police officers, seemingly having fun, when all of a sudden they opened fire
with tear gas.
Demonstrators ran in every direction, some stumbling.
Yasser said he couldn’t find anyone to help him. He said he
couldn’t breathe or see anything because of the thick smoke from the
Eventually, Yasser said he fainted from the gas and fell in
He woke up after someone carried him to safety, but then he felt a
stranger grab his camera from his hand and take off. A girl who fell nearby had
her purse stolen as well, he said.
As he looked around, he saw someone bleeding. He said he felt terrified and worried he would die there.
But Yasser is now safely at home, feeling “very sick now” and finding it difficult to breathe.
“I can’t imagine what’s happened to us today,” he said.
Please keep him in your prayers and also his country, which deserves better.
We will update this as we learn more.
Meantime, if anyone has the means to help Yasser get a new camera, send us a note. He has started a photography business and has real talent. Check out his work here
. He obviously needs a camera.