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Class Notes May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Sarah Marquer, Marshall '07

Living History. When the demonstrators first took to the streets in Egypt to protest the dictatorship of then-President Hosni Mubarak earlier this year, few were more surprised than Cairo resident Sarah Marquer, Marshall ’07.

Marquer, who fell in love with Egypt during a life-changing year abroad, says that anyone who’s been there even briefly is aware of the country’s massive social problems. But she didn’t expect the popular uprising that suddenly ousted the 30-year autocrat from power.

“There was a general sense of apathy, especially politically,” she says. “I don’t think that anyone thought the people would have the guts to do this, quite frankly, out of fear of how the government and the police would react. I had always hoped there would be some kind of civil uprising, but I definitely thought I would be out of Egypt before I ever saw any kind of revolution take place.”

Soon after rioting and looting broke out and communication lines were shut off, Marquer left the city to stay with friends in the countryside, and then with her grandparents in France. She returned to the capital after Mubarak formally stepped down.

Marquer moved to Egypt after graduating in 2007, and has since worked as a writer for the Egypt Daily News and Business Monthly magazine. She currently works as an associate editor for research at EFG Hermes, the Middle East and North Africa’s premier investment bank.